Tennis: Raptors finish second in SEC standings
A 1-1 week against Suburban East Conference teams solidified a second-place finish in the final standings for the East Ridge girls' tennis team.
The Raptors lost their first SEC dual meet of the season to state-ranked Roseville 5-2 on Tuesday, Sept. 26. But the Raptors bounced back to win a 6-1 meet against Forest Lake on Thursday, Sept. 28, to wrap up a 7-1 record in the SEC standings.
Roseville is tied for 10th in the Class 2A state polls, and head coach Jon Rydberg said the Raiders had a challenging lineup. East Ridge won matches at first and second doubles.
"They've got four really good singles players," Rydberg said.
Roseville, which finished 8-0 in the SEC to finish first, swept the singles lineup against the Raptors. Megan Karrow pushed her second singles match to a third set, but because the meet's team score was already decided, she played a 10-point super-tiebreaker to decide the match.
"It was close, I would have liked to have seen them play a full set," Rydberg said.
The Raptors have finished as high as third place in the SEC the past few seasons, so the second-place finish in conference play was one of the best regular season results in team history.
The Raptors were given the second seed in the Class 2A, Section 3 tournament which is scheduled to start for some teams Monday, Oct. 2.
As the second seed, East Ridge is scheduled to host its first dual meet of the tournament Friday, Oct. 6, against either Cretin-Derham Hall, St. Paul Harding or St. Paul Como Park.
Eagan is the top-seeded team in the section. Earlier this year, Eagan defeated East Ridge in a team dual by a 4-3 score.
In order for the Raptors to be successful, Rydberg said they will need consistent play from every individual in the lineup.
"They all have to play well, especially once we get to Rosemount in the semifinals and, if we make it through that, Eagan," Rydberg said. "They are so top-heavy with singles players, that we need everyone to show up. And if they don't, it makes it very hard and much more interesting."