Tennis: Elks’ Meagan Brown earns state trip as section singles runner-up

Meagan Brown, shown here during a regular-season match at home, takes a 24-7 record, all at No. 1 singles, into the state tournament. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Meagan Brown, shown here during a regular-season match at home, takes a 24-7 record, all at No. 1 singles, into the state tournament. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

 

Elk River eighth-grader Meagan Brown earned a trip to the state tennis tournament with a second-place finish in Section 7AA singles on Tuesday.

Brown defeated Andover’s Destiny Lee 7-5, 6-1 in the semifinals at Arrowhead Fitness and Tennis Center in Duluth. Brown then lost to top-seeded Mary Claire Mayerchak of Princeton in the finals 6-4, 6-3.

Brown had to play a true-second match against Duluth East’s Elisa Hauer, who placed third and had not faced Brown. But the Elk varsity rookie was able to win that one,  too, 7-5, 6-1.

The Elk team had its string of seven consecutive state trips end when they lost to Duluth East 4-3 in the finals on Monday, but with Brown’s achievement, the team will be represented at state once again.

Brown has a 24-7 record, all at No. 1 singles, including 9-1 in post-season team (4-0) and individual (5-1) play. In post-season, she reversed regular-season losses against two players — Lee, and Forest Lake’s Taylor Shortley in the team duals, helping the Elks upset the previously-unbeaten Rangers 4-3.

State individuals play will be held Thursday and Friday, Oct. 24-25, at the University of Minnesota.

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