STMA girls’ tennis opens 2-1 hosting quadrangular

Jessica Duda returns a serve in her opening match against Park Center. Duda won her match 6-0, 6-0 and finished the day 2-1 at the quadrangular meet. (Photo by Rob LaPlante)

Jessica Duda returns a serve in her opening match against Park Center. Duda won her match 6-0, 6-0 and finished the day 2-1 at the quadrangular meet. (Photo by Rob LaPlante)

BY ROB LAPLANTE

Sports Reporter

 

The St. Michael-Albertville girls’ tennis team is off to a fast start after finishing 2-1 Monday at the quadrangular meet held at STMA Middle School West.

The Knights opened with a 6-1 victory over Section 5AA opponent Park Center. That was followed up with a 4-3 defeat at the hands of Class A state tournament participant Annandale, who went a perfect 3-0 at the quadrangular.

STMA rebounded from the loss to finish the day with a 7-0 shutout of St. Cloud Apollo. Apollo had a rough start, dropping all three matches by scores of 7-0.

The No. 1 doubles pair of seniors Kylie Slavin and Halley Fritze went 3-0 on the day. Also going 3-0 were No. 3 singles player Breanna Hagerty and Kiana Eystad at No. 4 singles. Top singles player Cierra Eystad lost two of her three matches. She lost a tough opening round three-set match against Park Center 1-6, 6-3, 7-5. No. 2 player Jessica Duda finished the day 2-1 overall. All players listed are seniors this season, except Duda, a junior.

“I’m real happy with the effort the girls gave today,” said head coach Jim Riles. “But we need to get more consistent on our first serves and are making too many unforced errors.”

The Knights are back at it at 9 a.m. Monday, hosting a triangular meet starting at 9 am against Spring Lake Park and Blaine.

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