The Dragon girls showed up ready to play as they traveled to Duluth Marshall on Friday, Oct. 4. Pine City played well and went home with a 6-1 win.
The Dragon singles players did a great job making the shots that they needed to play strong for each point. The Dragons had strong groundstrokes and were able to make the right shots at the right times.
Ella Sell had the closest battle and stayed mentally tough to battle back from an 0-6 loss in the first set. She came back 4-0 in the second set, and battled hard to win two tiebreakers to close the match.
Pine City doubles teams were aggressive with their net play. The communication between the doubles players also helped as Duluth Marshall had great lobs to keep our teams away from the net.
Due to Duluth Marshall only having five courts, third doubles had to shorten their match as the darkness moved in. Even though they lost in two tie breakers, they battled hard and played well at the net.
“Overall, I am so proud of how the girls played and how well we wrapped up our last match of the regular season schedule,” said coach Kristin Unverzagt.
PINE CITY 6, Duluth Marshall 1
No. 1 - Lydia Adams, Pine City, def. Brenna Bollins, Duluth Marshall, 6-2, 6-0, -;
No. 2 - Ella Sell, Pine City, def. Meredith Boettcher, Duluth Marshall, 0-6, 7-6 (6), 10-8;
No. 3 - Addison Sell, Pine City, def. Samantha Woodhull, Duluth Marshall, 6-0, 6-0, -;
No. 4 - Lily Struss, Pine City, def. Grace Strandberg, Duluth Marshall, 6-2, 6-3, -;
No. 1 - Kaitlyn Miller - Madisen Berglund, Pine City, def. Alexandra D’alliard - Elyse Orn, Duluth Marshall, 6-2, 6-2, -;
No. 2 - Sophia Lahti - Allison Unverzagt, Pine City, def. Hanna Widdes - Meagan Morehouse, Duluth Marshall, 6-4, 6-2, -;
No. 3 - Eva Etter - Anna Koski, Duluth Marshall def. Emily Guzik - Claire Emmons, Pine City, 6-7 (5), 10-8, 11-9;
The Dragon girls tennis team advanced to the section semi-finals with a 6-1 win over Mora on Monday, Oct. 7. Pine City played well and was aggressive with their shot selection and placement. All positions came ready to play and battled during the Dragons’ first round match.
The Pine City singles players stepped up and were patient with their shots and took advantage of offensive opportunities when they arose. Dragon doubles teams attacked the net and used smart placement to dominate in their matches.
“Overall, the team is improving each time we step on the court. They are fired up and excited to head to Sartell to play next Monday,” said coach Unverzagt. “We will play the winner of Aitkin and Virginia in the first round next Monday.”
PINE CITY 6, MORA 1
No. 1 - Lydia Adams, Pine City, def. Valerie Horning, Mora, 6-0, 6-0, -;
No. 2 - Ella Sell, Pine City, def. Grace Harmon, Mora, 6-1, 6-0, -;
No. 3 - Addison Sell, Pine City, def. Sierra Thomson, Mora, 6-1, 6-2, -;
No. 4 - Emmie Otto, Mora, def. Lily Struss, Pine City, 3-6, 6-4, 10-8;
No. 1 - Kaitlyn Miller - Madisen Berglund, Pine City, def. Ada Krueger - Tori Dion, Mora, 6-2, 6-3, -;
No. 2 - Allison Unverzagt - Sophia Lahti, Pine City, def. Emma Folkema - Kelsey Reynolds, Mora, 6-1, 6-0, -;
No. 3 - Claire Emmons - Malia Mikyska, Pine City, def. Emma Anderson - Ria Edberg, Mora, 6-3, 6-2, -;