Tennis: Elks clip Grand Rapids 5-2, face Duluth East for section title

Elk River will play in the section championship match for the eighth straight year after defeating Grand Rapids-Greenway 5-2 in the Section 7AA semifinals Saturday.

The Elks (17-5), who’ve won seven straight section finals, will face Duluth East (20-4) on Monday at Arrowhead Tennis and Fitness Center in Duluth. The Greyhounds ousted Princeton 5-2.

Meagan Brown, Annika Teske, Jen Koehle and Lauren Brayden gave the Elks a singles sweep, all in straight sets. Erin Hannegraaf and Erin Reiner won a marathon at No. 2 doubles, capped by a 12-10 third-set tiebreaker.

The Elks beat Duluth East 5-2 in a four-team event at Duluth on Sept. 4.

Brown advances in singles

Brown, an eighth-grader who’s 20-6 at No. 1 singles, is the Elks’ lone entrant in section individuals play Monday and Tuesday, after winning both her matches in sub-section singles on Thursday in Princeton.

The Elks other entrants — Hadley Purdy/Becca O’Connell and Koehler/Teske in doubles, and Brayden in singles — all had one win, then a loss, in sub-section.

Elks 5, Grand Rapids-Greenway 2

(1) Meagan Brown, ER, def Megan Dulong 6-0, 6-1
(2) Annika Teske, ER, def Maddy Illikainen 6-1, 6-1
(3) Jen Koehler, ER, def Emma Wagner 6-1, 6-1
(4) Lauren Brayden, ER, def Leah Madse 6-3, 6-2

(1) Taylor Kane-Mariah Linder, GRG, def Hadley Purdy-Becca O’Connell 6-4, 6-2
(2) Emma Hannegraaf-Erin Reiner, ER, def Carlie Ridgeway-Maria Stampohar 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (12-10)
(3) Taylor Wochnick-Mary Kate Drobnik, GRG, def Dani Dokken-Brooke Burns 6-0, 6-2