C-I’s Hanson & Hallstrom battle in 7AA Doubles

Senior Amanda Hanson and junior Nikki Hallstrom teamed at doubles for Bluejacket girls tennis, and the duo went 2-1 in the Section 7AA Doubles tourney.

Hanson & Hallstrom opened action as the No. 3 seed at the Oct. 11 South Subsection tourney in St. Francis with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Princeton’s No. 14 Hall & Wheeler. They kept their season alive in a wild 13-11 tie-break to defeat St. Francis’ No. 6 seed Borstner & Larson 6-4, 7-6.

On Oct. 15 at the 7AA Doubles tourney in Spring Lake Park, the Jacket duo was clipped by North No. 2 seed Matetich & Milani of Hibbing 7-6 (7-2), 6-4.

“The girls played well.  Our section is very, very tough.  Making it through the subsection tournament to get to the section finals was quite an accomplishment in itself,” said C-I Coach Lee Orvik. “At sections, Nikki and Amanda had a lead late in each of the two sets, but the girls from Hibbing played aggressive, attacking tennis to fight back to win both sets.”

He continued, “Nikki and Amanda have had a fantastic season. Nikki ended with an individual record of 21-3– truly an amazing mark considering she played No. 1 Doubles all season. Amanda’s efforts this season were key to helping our team succeed. She played No. 1 Singles several times, and she had a record of 11-2 while playing doubles. Amanda is 2nd on our team’s all-time varslity win list with 59.  Nikki is 3rd all-time with 49 wins.”

• In other 7AA South Subsection action, senior Danielle Page lost to No. 6 seed Karavitch of Elk River 6-1, 6-3 and junior Erika Schmieg dropped a 6-4, 6-1 match  to Chisago Lakes’ No. 8 seed Ristow. Jacket doubles pairings falling in the opening round was Kate Hanson & Jade Newman 6-2, 6-2 to No. 4 seed Vitali & Howard of Chisago Lakes.

• On Saturday, Elk River defended its 7AA Team championship by defeating Forest Lake 4-3 in the finals. The Elks knocked off Hibbing in the semifinals earlier that day.