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East Ridge girls tennis: Raptors to face Woodbury in section tournament

The East Ridge girls tennis team ended a historic regular season last week. 

The Raptors capped the year with a 6-3 Suburban East Conference record, which was good for fourth place in the league — its highest finish since East Ridge opened its doors in 2009.

Last week, East Ridge beat Roseville for its sixth SEC win of the year and lost a pair of close matches, 4-3, to SEC foe Forest Lake and non-conference opponent Hill-Murray.

In the win over Roseville on Tuesday, sophomore Natalie Robinson won 6-3, 6-1 over Maya McLeod at No. 1 singles. Her twin sister Nicole Robinson won 6-1, 6-1 over Sydney Munson at No. 2 singles and eighth grader Megan Karrow won 6-4, 6-0 at third singles over Kari Norris. In doubles play, senior Taylor Anderson and eighth grader Regan Dolezal won 6-1, 6-0 at first doubles and senior Anna Bearrood and sophomore Minh-Tu Van won 6-1, 6-2 at second doubles.

Against Forest Lake on Thursday, East Ridge couldn’t upset the unbeaten Rangers. In singles action, Karrow beat Megan Anderson 6-2, 1-6, 6-3 at third singles, but it was the Raptors’ lone singles win as the team loaded its doubles pairings. In doubles play, Anderson and Natalie Robinson won 7-6(4), 3-6, 6-4 over Bailey Norby and Taylor Emly at No. 1 doubles and Bearrood and Nicole Robinson won 7-5, 3-6, 6-4 over Taylor Angelo and Natalie Wright at second doubles.

In the match with Hill-Murray, Karrow won 6-4, 6-4 at third singles over Carly Heller and Sophie Stark won 6-3, 6-2 over Christine Walz and the No. 2 doubles team of Bearrood and Van won 6-3, 6-1 Lauren Ihle and Maddie Heller. 

“Our depth continues to give us a chance to beat anyone we play,” East Ridge head coach Jon Rydberg said. “We will need everyone to play at their best as the section tournament begins.”

East Ridge earned the No. 4 seed in the Section 4AA tournament and kicks off section play on Wednesday. The Raptors will face rival Woodbury in the opener. The Royals, seeded fifth, beat 12th seed St. Paul Highland 6-1 in the first round on Tuesday. 

Hill-Murray is the top seed in Section 4AA. Mahtomedi is No. 2 and Stillwater is No. 3. 

“It will be a wide open sectional tournament with the top four seeds all being pretty equal,” Rydberg 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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