Tennis: Royals trip Irondale 5-2, now face Mounds View

The Rogers tennis team, fresh from winning the conference championship, picked up a section victory 5-2 over Irondale at home on Thursday afternoon.

The Royals (15-7) are not likely to extend their best-ever since much farther, though, facing Mounds View, the No. 2 ranked team in Class AA, in the second round there Friday at 3:30 p.m.

Julia Sporer (left) and Katy Meyer rallied for a 2-doubles win that clinched the victory for Rogers. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

The clinching point had some drama as the Royals’ No. 2 doubles team, Katy Meyer and Julia Sporer, went to a third-set tie-breaker, fell behind 6-3, but rattled off five straight games to win 8-6.

Rogers was seeded No. 8 and Irondale No. 9 among 15 teams.

Rogers 5 Irondale 2

Singles

(1) Danielle Anderson (R) def Liz Gamzmaza 6-0 6-2

(2) Jenna Tillman(I) def Bailey Kolles 6-3 3-6 7-5

(3) Sarah Kornovich (R) def Emily Brendt 6-4 6-4

(4) Maria Donato (I) def Samantha Fitzpatrick 6-4 6-0

Doubles

(1) Rachel Dodd/Gina Peppin (R) def Jessinia Ruff/Gillian McDonald 6-0 6-1

(2) Katy Meyer/Julia Sporer (R) def Kathryn Juergens/Annie Watma  6-2 2-6 7-6 (8-6)

(3) Kiana Koeppe/Sydney Livingston (R) def Abbi Ward/Anne Weety 6-3 6-0

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