Tennis: Forest Lake tips Elks 5-2 again, this time with 4 tiebreakers

The Elk River tennis team lost to unbeaten section rival Forest Lake for the second time this season, 5-2, at home on Saturday in a four-team event.

However, it was a much closer match this time, as four of the Rangers’ five wins were third-set tiebreakers, including a 12-10 score and a 10-8  score, keeping the Elks’ hopes up for an upset if they meet again in sectionals.

Forest Lake swept doubles and won at one-two singles, while the Elks’ points came from Jen Koehler and Lauren Brayden at No. 3 and 4 singles.

The Elks (13-4) beat Hibbing-Chisholm 7-0. They were supposed to play Andover, too, but that one was scratched because the other matches took too long.

Forest Lake, 19-0 and ranked No. 7, beat Andover 4-3 and Hibbing-Chisholm 4-0.

The Elks have won the section seven straight years, beating Forest Lake in six of those years. Forest Lake also beat the Elks 5-2 in a Duluth tournament Sept. 7.

Next for the Elks is a duel for the conference lead, and likely the championship, at Centennial on Tuesday. Both teams have one conference loss.

 

Elk River's Meagan Brown lost in a third-set tiebreaker at No. 1 singles to Violet Shortly. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Elk River eighth-grader Meagan Brown lost in a third-set tiebreaker at No. 1 singles to Violet Shortly. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

 

 

Forest Lake senior Violet Shortly outlasted Elk River's Meagan Brown, winning the third set tiebreaker 10-3, at No. 1. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Forest Lake senior Violet Shortly outlasted Elk River’s Meagan Brown, winning the third set tiebreaker 10-3, at No. 1. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Elks 7, Hibbing-Chisholm 0

 

Singles

(1) Meagan Brown, ER, def Kayle Marschalk 6-1, 6-0

(2) Annika Teske, ER, def Rachel Smilanich 6-0, 6-0

(3) Jen Koehler, ER, def Cassie Butler 6-0, 6-0

(4) Lauren Brayden, ER, def Molly Scipioni 6-1, 6-0

 

Doubles

(1) Becca O’Connell-Hadley Purdy, ER, def Janelle Shea-Raini Hayblom 6-3, 6-3

(2) Erin Reiner-Emma Hannegraaf, ER, def Jordan Hyduke-Sara Hoag 6-1, 6-0

(3) Dani Dokken-Brooke Burns, ER, def Maria Valentini-Hannah Wentland  6-0, 6-2

 

Forest Lake 5, Elk River 2

 

Singles

(1) Taylor Shortly, FL, def Meagan Brown 3-6, 6-3, 10-4

(2) Chase Shortly, FL, def Annika Teske 6-4, 4-6, 12-10

(3) Jen Koehler, ER, def Meagan Anderson 6-4, 6-3

(4) Lauren Brayden, ER, def Nori Vierra 6-1, 7-6 (7-1)

 

Doubles

(1) Bailey Norby-Taylor Emly, FL, def Hadley Purdy-Becca O’Connell 6-1, 5-7, 10-3

(2) Danielle Wright-Taylor Angela, FL, def Emma Hannegraaf-Erin Reiner 6-2, 6-7 (4-7), 10-8

(3) Lindsey Tilton-Risa Anderson, FL, def Dani Dokken-Brooke Burns 6-1, 7-5

 

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