by Bruce Strand
Elk River Star News
The Rogers Royals opened playoffs with a 5-1 win over Osseo that was shortened by rain at home on Wednesday.
The Royals, 14-4 and seeded No. 4 in Section 5AA, are scheduled to host Maple Grove on Thursday. With rain in the forecast, the makeup date will be Friday.
The Royal No. 1 singles team of Julia Sporer and Rachel Dodd remained unbeaten at 19-0. Their No. 2 team of Dhriti Jagannathan and Kianna Koeppe improved to 14-4. Coach Deb Conley said the Royals would enter both those teams intact in section individuals rather than move singles players to doubles as many teams do.
Rogers 5, Osseo 1
(1) Allison Rusche, Oss, def Samantha Fitzpatrick 6-3, 6-1
(2) Lauren Dunham, Rog, def Sidney Polich 6-0, 6-2
(3) Sydney Livingston, Rog, def Maddy Marasn 6-0, 6-0
(4) Amanda Pennick, Rog, def Dana Bailey 6-2, 6-1
(1) Julia Sporer-Rachel Dodd, Rog, def Hannah Dolby-Maddie Johnson 6-1, 6-1
(2) Dhriti Jagannathan-Kianna Koeppe, Rog, def Austin Sasse-Erin Lewison 6-1, 6-1
(3) Kaylie Conlin-Liz Rubbelke, Rog, leading Josie Simon-Bienna Hogner 6-0, 4-3 when rain halted play