Tennis: Elks’ Schulz beats arch rival for section singles crown

Michaela Schulz, shown here during an earlier dual meet, won the Section 7AA singles title and will enter state with 196 career wins. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

 

Elk River tennis star Michaela Schulz resumed her intense rivalry with Andover’s Faith Lee in the Section 7AA finals and came away with the championship on Tuesday.

Schulz lost the first set 4-6, won the second 6-3, and was leading 3-0 in the third when Lee withdrew from the match, at Spring Lake Park indoor courts.

“Michaela and Faith played really well, with angled ground strokes and smart play, Michaela came out on top,” said Elk coach LeRoyce Chapman. “She stayed in every point and played with great mental toughness.”

Chapman said Lee withdrew for “personal reasons.”

Schulz, ranked No. 6 in Class AA by the coaches association, and Lee, ranked No. 5, have split four matches this year. Neither has lost to anyone else.

Schulz (28-2), who beat a Chisago Lakes player in the semifinals, will enter state with 196 career wins.

Schulz and Lee both advance to the state individuals tournament starting next Thursday at the University of Minnesota. Schulz will also lead the Elks in the team tournament starting Tuesday.

The singles competition appears to be up for grabs. Jessica Aney of Rochester Century, who won the title last year as an eighth-grader, opted to play doubles this year with her sister (they won the Section 1AA title).

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