Tennis: Elks blank Blaine, will face Centennial for conference lead

Emma Hannegraaf and Erin Reiner chased a high lob during their win at No. 2 doubles for the Elks. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Emma Hannegraaf and Erin Reiner chased a high lob during their win at No. 2 doubles for the Elks. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

 

Elk River stayed in contention for a conference title by dispatching the Blaine Bengals 7-0 at home on Tuesday.

The Elks are 6-1 in the Northwest Suburban Conference and their next conference match will be at Centennial, which is 8-1 in conference, on Tuesday. Andover and Coon Rapids are each 5-2.

Lauren Brayden follows through on a return shot during her 4-singles win. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Lauren Brayden follows through on a return shot during her 4-singles win. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

The Elks (12-3 overall) lost to Andover 4-3 last Thursday, but Centennial took its first conference loss, too, against Coon Rapids 5-2, the same day. Centennial then scuttled Andover 5-2 on Tuesday.

Winning in singles against Blaine were Meagan Brown, Annika Teske, Jen Koehler and Lauren Brayden.

Winning in doubles were Hadley Purdy-Becca O’Connell, Erin Reiner-Emma Hannegraaf, and Brooke Burns-Danielle Dokken.

At the four slots in the lineup that have been set all season, Brown is 12-4, Teske 12-1 and Koehler 10-3 at one, two and three singles, respectively, and Purdy-O’Connell are 8-4 together at No. 1 doubles.

Elk River has won four straight since the loss to Andover.

They will face two of three teams who’ve beaten them on Saturday when the host a quadrangular with section rivals Andover, Forest Lake and Hibbing-Chisholm, starting 1 p.m.

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