The Cambridge-Isanti girls tennis squad earned two big wins on Saturday at the St. Francis Invite, beating the section-partner Saints 5-2 and topping Annandale (ranked 7th in Class A) 4-3. Against the Cardinals, the Jackets got wins from Kate Hanson (7-6, 6-3), Nikki Hallstrom & Jade Newman (6-1, 6-0), Amanda Hanson & Katrina Page (6-3, 6-3) and Madi Booth & Ellie Osborne (6-3, 6-3).
Coach Lee Orvik: “What a great day for our team. We defeated section rival St. Francis; we then defeated a ranked team, Annandale. This is a match I look forward to every season since my brother, Scott, is the head coach. They have had a lot of success the past few years, and that success has continued this season. Annandale has been ranked all season and was ranked seventh in class A in the latest poll. Our team is playing as a team should. We area getting strong performances at every position, and our depth is translating into team wins. Our doubles teams were rock-solid against both St. Francis and Annandale, winning every match in straight sets. Our singles players had difficult assignments, but they worked very hard, and their efforts were the key to our team’s success today. Annandale’s singles players have been a driving force for their team. Against Annandale, we won at all three doubles points easily. Erika faced a state-ranked player at first singles who pulled out the singles win for Annandale. We lost a tough one at fourth singles. The team score was 3-2 in our favor with Danielle Page and Kate Hanson still battling on the courts. Kate got the clinching point at third singles, while Danielle was a third set tie-breaker away from defeating a superb second singles player, but that match ended up going to Annandale. In the end we were victorious 4-3. This was a great week for our program.”
In M-8 action, the Jackets blanked Big Lake 7-0 Sept. 13 and were tripped by St. Michael-Albertville 4-3 Sept. 18.
Mississippi 8 Girls Tennis: Buffalo 5-1, 10-3; St. Michael-Alb. 4-1, 12-2; Cambridge-Isanti 3-3, 9-3; Monticello 3-3, 9-7; Rogers 2-4, 3-10; Big Lake 0-5, 1-7
C-I Volleyball goes 1-2
The Bluejackets went 1-2 in Mississippi 8 matches over the past week. On Sept. 11, Alexis Landherr notched 10 kills and Kylie Baas had 16 assists in a 25-17, 25-17, 25-15 sweep of host Big Lake.
C-I dropped a 25-21, 25-22, 25-19 match to M-8 leader Buffalo at home Sept. 13. Baas totaled 8 kills and 15 assists against the Bison, with Claire Sheehan adding 8 kills. On Sept. 18, visiting St. Michael-Albertville defeated the Bluejackets in three: 25-23, 25-20, 25-20.
Bluejackets 3, Big Lake 0
Baas– 16 assists, 6 kills, 8 digs; Landherr– 10 kills, 7 digs; Sorgert– 5 kills, 4 digs; Felde– 5 kills, 14 digs
Mississippi 8 Volleyball: Buffalo 3-0, 8-1; St. Michael-Alb. 3-0, 4-4; Cambridge-Isanti 1-2, 6-4; Monticello 1-2, 6-5; Rogers 1-2, 5-5; Big Lake 0-3, 3-7
C-I Boys Soccer wins two games
Josh Rouse had 2 goals and an assist when the Bluejackets beat visiting Big Lake 5-0 Sept. 18. Adding C-I goals were Chaz Kieffer, Kris Jensen and Michael Larson.
On Sept. 13, the Jackets were tripped by visiting Buffalo 3-2. Rouse and Cody Mahrer found the net against the Bison. In non-conference action, the C-I boys downed Chisago Lakes 2-1 on Saturday, getting 2 goals from Josh Samsa.
Mississippi 8 Boys Soccer: Buffalo 4-0-1, 5-4-1; St. Michael-Alb. 3-1, 5-3-1; Rogers 2-2-1, 3-6-1; Cambridge-Isanti 2-3, 7-3; Monticello 1-3, 3-5-1; Big Lake 0-3, 2-6
G. Soccer wins in 2OT
Bluejacket girls soccer battled host Buffalo in an intense game which was 0-0 through 85 minutes. Then with 3 minutes left in the second overtime, Melyssa Varsoke scored over the keeper’s outstretched arms on an assist from fellow striker Michelle Cook for a 1-0 victory.
The C-I girls improved to 2-3 in Mississippi 8 games by shutting out Big Lake 7-0 Sept. 18.
Mississippi 8 Girls Soccer: St. Michael-Alb. 3-1, 6-1-2; Rogers 3-1, 3-5-1; Buffalo 2-1-1, 3-4-2; Cambridge-Isanti 2-3, 4-4-1; Monticello 1-2-1, 3-3-2; Big Lake 0-3, 5-6