by Eric Oslund
The Elk River girls tennis team hosted the 8-1 Anoka Tornadoes on Wednesday, Sept. 6, and were expecting a tough match. It certainly was tough for the Tornadoes, but not so much for the Elks as they went on to win 7-0, bringing their overall record to 8-2, and their conference record to 4-0.
Meagan Brown continued her strong senior campaign, winning 6-0 and 6-0 as Elk River’s No. 1 singles player. Dee Dokken followed suit as the team’s No. 2 singles player, taking the first set 6-0 and then coming back to take the second set 10-8 after dropping the second set 7-6. Carmen Kaelke had a clean sweep as the team’s No. 3 doubles, winning 6-0 and 6-0. And then Emma Anderson completed singles play, winning her two sets 6-2 and 6-2 as Elk River’s No. 4 singles.
But the Elks knew their toughest test was going to be in doubles, where Anoka decided to stack their lineup. When the Elks had finished up, though, you wouldn’t have been able to tell.
The No. 1 doubles pairing of Paige Anderson and Riley Mathis made quick work of their opponents, winning 6-0 and 6-3. They were followed by Sophie Wetherille and Lauren Conzet on the No. 2 doubles court, who came away with victories of 7-6 (3) and 6-3. Then Lydia Haack and Sophie Riebel finished things off as the team’s No. doubles pairing, taking their sets 6-0 and 6-1.
“We are improving rapidly and our six first-year varsity players are really performing at a high level,” said head coach Randy Ronning. “Very proud of them.”