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Woodbury girls tennis: Royals split pair of SEC matches

The Woodbury girls tennis team went 1-1 this past week. The Royals came up short against Hastings on Tuesday, falling 5-2 but bounced back on Thursday with a gritty 4-3 win over Roseville.

In the loss to Hastings, Brooke Hays won 7-5, 6-2 at third singles, and Angie Drehmel and Mackenzie Schurhamer won 6-2, 6-2 at second doubles. "It was good to Mac back on the court--we missed her" said Woodbury head coach Mike Moran on the absence of Mackenzie Schurhamer.

In addition, the Royals’ fourth singles player, freshman Elizabeth Jordahl lost an intense three-setter that could have gone either way.

"She played determined tennis and was working the points but just came up short in the end,” Moran said.

On Thursday the Royals beat Roseville 4-3 in a grueling four-hour match.

“I stepped off the court at 7:22 p.m. right after the last match ended,” Moran said. “I have never been a part of a match that went that late.”

Woodbury senior captain Shanna Stevenson won in three sets at No. 1 singles against Roseville.

“Shanna is playing some of the best tennis I've ever seen her play and I am incredibly proud of her,” Moran said.

Stevenson started off at doubles this year but was moved to singles in an effort to find a combination of players that fit the best. Senior captain Greta Eisenrich and junior Clare Proesch won easily 6-3, 6-2 at third doubles.

“They were rollin' out there,” Moran said.

Schurhamer again took down her opponent in quick fashion at No. 2 singles 6-2, 6-2 for the third point overall for the Royals. The fourth and final point came in controversial fashion at No. 1 doubles where senior captains Katie Kriebich and Taylor Monkman beat their opponents in a third set. The match went back and forth with the Royals winning the first 6-2, and the Raiders winning the second 6-4.

“There were some questionable calls going on out there and it was affecting both teams greatly,” Moran said. “You never want the match to come down to a bad call.”

After a brief meeting with coaches and players, the calls were cleaned up and the girls battled through it. After the match, Monkman said "I just learned how to play through adversity." Both captains showed grit and determination in the win and pulled out the all-important point for the team win.

At Saturday’s Raptor/Royal Invitational, the Royals finished in third place – behind first-place Princeton and second-place East Ridge.

The Royals were led by the No. 2 doubles team of Angie Drehmel and Ellie Kriebich, who finished fourth.

“They were playing smart doubles and it showed,” Moran said.

Drehmel is the emotional leader of the team and has taken on the big sister role of many of the younger players, according to Moran.

“It's ironic that one of the smallest players has one of the biggest hearts on the team,” he said.

—Patrick Johnson

Patrick Johnson
Patrick Johnson has been the South Washington County Bulletin’s sports editor since 2008. He reports on and oversees coverage of high school and amateur sports in south Washington County and Woodbury. Prior to joining the Bulletin, Johnson worked for other Twin Cities suburban newspapers. He is a University of Minnesota graduate.
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