Alyssa Karavitch, promising eighth-grader-to-be in the Elk tennis program, was runner-up in NWSC singles tournament hosted by Elk River on Tuesday.
Karavitch won three matches before falling to Roseville Area senior-to-be Greta Norris 11-9 in the finals of the 19-player tournament. In 90-degree heat, the matches were pro-10.
“Alyssa has improved so much from last year, and she has a ton of power,” said LeRoyce Chapman, Elk coach and tournament chairman. “I am so excited to have her on the team.”
Karavitch played a handful of matches at No. 4 singles last year on an Elk team that finished third in the state tournament, but mostly JV.
She has competed in 19 tournaments already during summer vacation, with one win, at a USTA event at the U of M Baseline Club, along with a couple seconds, and a consolation title in a tough tournament. She’s played several age 15-16 tournaments.
“It’s tennis all day, every day,” smiled Karavitch, who has played tennis only two years, and gave up basketball and softball to focus on one sport.
A summer highlight was a week-long camp in California where she hit against some outstanding players.
In the NWSC tournament, Karavitch won 10-2 twice, then had a tough semifinal match against Maple Grove’s Jillian Klasen, daughter of Elk boys basketball coach Randy Klasen. Karavitch won that match 10-8 while Norris cruised 10-1 over Spring Lake Park’s Paxton Alto.
“The last match was the hardest, and the one before was pretty hard, too,” said Karavitch. “That’s a lot for one day.”
Norris came away with a sweep at Elk River, as she also teamed with JoJo Danielson on Monday to win doubles, which had six entrants.
“I thought we both played really well,” Norris said of the finals. “The heat gets me every time!”
Norris, who’ll play No. 1 for Roseville Area this fall, has won all three NWSC tournaments she’s entered. Her other sport is Nordic Ski.
NWSC tournaments are played throughout the summer at various cities. Elk River hosted a boys event two weeks ago.
Five Elk girls participated in singles. Kathi Opsahl did the next-best, reaching the consolation finals where she lost to Forest Lake’s Megan Anderson 8-3.
Klasen won the third place match 10-3 over Alto.