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.