On Tuesday, Aug. 27, Dragon girls tennis hosted Mora. Despite the sprinkles and wind, the girls played well and came away with a 5-2 victory.
Pine City singles players had good shot selection and played great points. Lydia Adams had smart shot selection and kept her opponent guessing. Ella Sell used the wind to her advantage with smart shot placement and jumped on a quick lead. Addison Sell had great foot work to get to tough shots in the wind. Rhaya Merrick won the first set and battled hard for a tie breaker finish for both the second set and the match.
Dragon doubles teams attacked the net to force their opponents to make good shots. The doubles team of Miller/Berglund played smart and placed their shots. Lahti/Unverzagt battled hard but fell short in the third set. The duo of Mikyska/Emmons gained confidence as the match went on with a solid finish.
PINE CITY 5, MORA 2
No. 1 - Lydia Adams, Pine City def. Valerie Horning, Mora, 6-1, 6-2, -;
No. 2 - Ella Sell, Pine City def. Grace Harmon, Mora, 6-1, 6-1, -;
No. 3 - Addison Sell, Pine City def. Sierra Thomson, Mora, 6-2, 6-1, -;
No. 4 - Emmie Otto, Mora, def. Rhaya Merrick, Pine City, 3-6, 7-6 (3), 10-7;
No. 1 - Madisen Berglund - Kaitlyn Miller, Pine City def. Emma Folkema - Tori Dion, Mora, 6-1, 6-1, -;
No. 2 - Kelsey Reynolds - Ada Krueger, Mora, def. Sophia Lahti - Allison Unverzagt, Pine City, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4;
No. 3 - Claire Emmons - Malia Mikyska, Pine City def. Emma Anderson - Parken Ennis, Mora, 7-6 (1), 6-0, -;
Pine City girls tennis team traveled to North Branch on Thursday, Aug. 29, and came home with their second victory on the week with a 6-1 win.
“Overall, the team came ready to play and was focused to play out each point,” said coach Kristin Unverzagt. “The singles players kept the ball in play and were able to play offensively over their opponents. They forced their opponents to make errors and hit solid shots.”
At first singles, Lydia Adams came away with a 6-0, 6-0 win. She played with confidence and kept her playing moving. Addison Sell also stepped up at third singles, playing a tough first set and forcing her opponent to make errors in the second with her consistency and good shot selection.
Pine City doubles team also played solid, attacking the net, and forcing their opponents to hit good shots. The Dragons swept the doubles at all positions.
PINE CITY 6, NORTH BRANCH 1
No. 1 - Lydia Adams, Pine City, def. Becca Perales, North Branch, 6-0, 6-0, -;
No. 2 - Ella Sell, Pine City, def. Chloe Moline, North Branch, 6-3, 6-1, -;
No. 3 - Addison Sell, Pine City, def. Rachel Wurdemann, North Branch, 6-3, 6-1, -;
No. 4 - Miaya Volkman, North Branch, def. Lena Roubinek, Pine City, 6-3, 6-1, -;
No. 1 - Madisen Berglund - Kaitlyn Miller, Pine City, def. Hollie Ohnsorg - Sophie Smith, North Branch, 6-0, 4-6, 6-1;
No. 2 - Sophia Lahti - Allison Unverzagt, Pine City, def. Deb Thayer - Katelyn Pascavage, North Branch, 6-0, 6-2, -;
No. 3 - Claire Emmons - Malia Mikyska, Pine City, def. Carrie Hall - Hailey Bistodeau, North Branch, 6-3, 6-2, -;
The Dragon girls tennis team’s next match is Thursday, Sept. 5, when Pine City travels to Pierz.