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East Ridge girls tennis: Raptors’ season comes to an end

East Ridge senior Anna Bearrood teamed up with Nicole Robinson in this year’s Section 4AA doubles tournament and advanced to the quarterfinals. (Bulletin photo by Patrick Johnson)

The season came to an end for the East Ridge girls tennis team at the Section 4AA tournament.

In the singles tournament, East Ridge eighth grader Megan Karrow won her first match, 6-0, 6-1 over Tartan’s Howard. However, in the second round, Karrow was ousted by the eighth-seeded Katie Blanding of White Bear Lake.

Minh Tu-Van also won her first round match, 6-1, 6-0 over senior Deeh Chah of Washington Technology Magnet School, before falling 6-1, 6-1 to Stillwater’s Savannah Johnson, the No. 2 seed in the tournament.

In doubles play, East Ridge’s duo of Taylor Anderson and Natalie Robinson, the No. 3 seed in the 32-doubles pairing tournament, advanced to the quarterfinals before falling to Hanna Shands and Emily Cooper from Mahtomedi, the tourney’s sixth seed.

Anderson and Robinson won their first match 5-7, 6-3, 6-3 over Samantha Baldwin and Monica Whaley from Cretin-Derham Hall, then went on to beat St. Paul Como Park’s Emma Hartmann and Yer Xiong before taking on Shands and Cooper.

Senior Anna Bearrood and Nicole Robinson, the eighth seed, also made it to the quarterfinals. The duo won 6-0, 6-0 in the opener over Padra Xiong and Mai Der Yang of Washington, then defeated Cretin-Derham Hall’s Kennedy Minea and Devon Robinson 6-3, 7-5 in the second round. In the quarterfinals, Bearrood and Robinson lost 6-1, 6-0 to the top-seeded Klass-Warch sisters from St. Paul Central.

This year, as a team, East Ridge finished with a 6-3 Suburban East Conference record, which was good for fourth place in the league – its highest finish since in history. The Raptors earned the fourth seed in the section tournament as a team, but were upset by rival Woodbury, the fifth seed in the tournament, 4-3 in the playoff’s opening round two weeks ago.

The Raptors must now say goodbye to four seniors – Anderson, Bearrood, Divya Pillai and Logan Scott.

—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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