BY ROB LAPLANTE
After a rare losing streak, the St. Michael-Albertville girls’ tennis team regrouped and came away last week with a 4-3 victory over Cambridge-Isanti and a 7-0 win against Rogers.
Due to an illness to sophomore doubles player Shelbie Olek, top singles player Cierra Eystad, a senior, teamed with senior partner Kylie Slavin at No. 1 doubles. The pair eventually lost a hard fought 6-3, 3-6, 5-7 match.
Stepping in for Eystad in the top singles spot was junior Jessica Duda. Making her third appearance this season in the top singles spot, Duda won her first match at that position with a 6-0, 3-6, 6-1 victory.
Also winning at singles were senior Breanna Haggerty and Kiana Eystad.
The Knights won their second conference matchup of the week on Thursday, after defeating Rogers by a score of 7-0.
Despite winning all seven points, the Knights were pushed to the limit in most matches by the Royals. Two of the four singles matches went three sets.
Freshman Kiana Eystad continues to dominate at the fourth singles spot. Her win of 6-3, 6-0 over Rogers improved her singles record to a perfect 16-0 this season.
Her sister, Cierra, moved back to her normal No. 1 spot and she responded with a 6-2, 6-3 victory. “It was sure nice to get her back at No. 1 for us,” said head coach Jim Riles.
The doubles slots won all three matches in straight sets. Moving up from the junior varsity squad, Anna Moritz and Emily Tschida won its No. 3 doubles match 6-2, 6-2.
“They both moved up from our 15-1 junior varsity team and played very well,” Riles said.
The Knights are 13-3 overall and 5-1 in the Mississippi 8. This marks the final full week of action for STMA.
Monday night they were at Monticello. Tuesday they hosted Big Lake and Thursday they are at Buffalo. The final match is next Monday at Big Lake. Section tournaments start Oct. 5 at the site of the highest seed.