Royals win Woodbury QuadrangularWoodbury girls tennis team tops East Ridge in first meeting between schools, goes unbeaten in four-team tournament.
By: Tom Carothers, Woodbury Bulletin
The Woodbury girls tennis team bounced back from a Monday afternoon loss to Hill-Murray by sweeping the competition, including neighboring East Ridge, in the Woodbury Quadrangular tournament on Wednesday.
The tournament, co-hosted by the two nearby schools, allowed for the first-ever athletic meeting between the Royals and Raptors in the final pairing of the event which took place on the new ERHS courts.
The Royals topped the Raptors, 6-1, in the finale with WHS taking all but the No. 4 singles matchup where Hannah Strom topping Hannah Robbins after a third-set tiebreaker went the Raptors' way.
Earning victories for Woodbury in the District 833 showdown were Kelsey Beebe, Crosby Reuvers and Vi Tran, respectively at 1-3 singles with the doubles teams of Katelyn Boisture/Ellen Proesch (first), Rachel Haile/Joan Park (second) and Jamie Tan/Michaela Mathews (third) all securing straight-set victories.
"We were sharp today and played smart, high percentage tennis throughout," WHS coach Derek Otto said. "If the girls continue to progress as we have over the past week we should be in great shape heading into our conference schedule."
The Royals also claimed sizable victories over St. Paul Harding (6-1) and Tartan (5-2) earlier on the day.
"Physically, the girls’ hard work is paying off, evidenced by our strong finishes during these long, grinding, tournament days," Otto said.
East Ridge claimed one win in three tries in tourney play, topping Harding 4-3 in Round 2 after narrowly falling to Tartan, 4-3, in the opener.
"The first two matches came down to the wire to decide who won and who took the loss," ERHS coach Jon Rydberg said. "Nothing but a learning experience for the girls when it's that close."
The Raptors, now 2-2 on the season, are off until Monday, when they travel to Red Wing for a dual match against the Wingers.
Woodbury also takes a trip down Highway 61, though not as far, when they travel to Hastings for an invitational tournament on Friday.