Tennis: Champlin Park upsets Elks 5-2

Champlin Park toppled Elk River 5-2 on Tuesday in Champlin, upsetting the status quo a bit in Northwest Suburban Conference tennis.

For the past eight years, either Elk River (three times) or Centennial (five times) has won the NWSC title, and the Elks never lost to anyone but Centennial until the Rebels knocked them off Tuesday.

“Crazy windy day. Champlin Park came ready to win,” reflected Elk coach LeRoyce Chapman. “We need to go undefeated in our conference now to win conference.”

Champlin Park is 3-2 in conference, losing to Maple Grove 4-3 and Andover 5-2.

The Elks, 5-1 in conference and 6-2 overall, have beaten Maple Grove 6-1, and will host Andover on Thursday.

Andover and Centennial now lead the conference, each 5-0.

The Elks were missing No. 2 singles player Jennifer Koehler. Alyssa Karavitch moved up to No. 2 and won, but the Rebels won at 3-4 singles, and swept doubles.

Champlin Park 5, Elk River 2

(1) Michaela Schulz, ER, def. Riley Abesekera 6-1, 6-1
(2) Alyssa Karavitch, ER, def  Anna Markraf 7-6 (7-2), 6-4
(3) Breana Montguose, CP, def  Annika Teske 6-2, 6-2
(4) Shannon Turick, CP  def Brooke Burns 6-0, 6-1

(1) Emily Sjostrom-Jessi Kelley, CP, def Hadley Purdy-Becca O’Connell 7-5, 6-4
(2) Liz Kelly-Sarah Handel, CP, def Lauren Brayden-Kathi Opsahl 6-3, 6-2
(3) Sam Conzette-Danielle Wolf, CP, def Rebecca Lieser-Erin Reiner 6-4, 6-4