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East Ridge girls tennis: Raptors earn first-ever win over Cretin-Derham Hall

The East Ridge girls tennis team was nearly perfect last week, going 2-1 in its three matches improving to 6-4 on the year and 5-2 in the Suburban East Confernce.

The Raptors’ lone defeat was a 4-3 loss to perennial powerhouse Mounds View on Thursday. 

A win over Mounds View would’ve put East Ridge in a tie for second place in the conference and would’ve been the first by the Raptors over the Mustangs.

“The girls knew they had a great chance to beat them for the first time in history despite Mounds View having the top player in the state and a very good No. 2 singles player as well,” East Ridge head coach Jon Rydberg said. 

The match came down to No. 3 doubles as East Ridge came back from a 5-2 deficit in the third set to force a tie breaker and gain three match points by going up 6-3 in the breaker. But Mounds View stormed back and took the breaker 8-6 and ultimately the team match 4-3. 

For East Ridge, Megan Karrow defeated Kellis Brandt 6-4, 6-7(4), 10-8 at third singles to improve to 20-2 on the year so far. The Raptors other two points came in doubles play. At No. 1 doubles, the duo of Taylor Anderson and Natalie Robinson won 7-5, 2-6, 6-1 and the Raptors' No. 2 doubles team of Anna Bearrood and Nicole Robinson defeated won a two-setter, 6-2, 6-1.

Though East Ridge wasn’t able to make history against Mounds View last week, the Raptors did beat a team they’d never beaten before when they took down Cretin-Derham Hall 5-2 on Tuesday, Sept. 17.

In the match, Nicole Robinson defeated Sammy Baldwin 6-3, 6-2 at No. 2 singles, Karrow beat Lucy Anfinson 6-3, 6-0 at third singles and Sophie Stark won 6-0, 6-1 over Claire Hennessey at fourth singles.

In doubles play, Anderson and Dolezal won 3-6, 7-5, 10-3 and Bearrood and Minh-Tu Van won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 2 doubles for the conference win.

East Ridge also won a non-conference match against Lakeville South, 6-1, on Monday, Sept. 16.

For East Ridge, Natalie Robinson defeated Shaina Burns 6-3, 6-4 at No. 1 sinlges, Karrow defeated Kaila Jarson 6-3, 6-2 at third singles and Stark won 6-3, 7-6 (3) over Katie Sourbech at fourth singles. 

In doubles action, Anderson and Nicole Robinson won 6-2, 6-3, Bearrood and Van won 6-1, 6-3 and Katelyn Champoux and Sahana Iyer won 6-2, 6-3.

“That was a good 6-1 win over a team that beat us last year 5-2,” Rydberg said. “Our team depth is paying off with wins.”

Next, East Ridge takes on conference-leading Forest Lake on Thursday.

—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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