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Woodbury girls tennis: Royals beat Central, but fall to Stillwater in sections

For Woodbury sophomore Claire Proesch, left, and senior Yssa Yasis won 6-3, 6-0 at second doubles for the Royals in the section opener against St. Paul Central.

The Woodbury girls tennis team's season came to an end last week.

The Royals, seeded eighth out of 14 teams in the Section 4AA tournament, beat ninth-seeded St. Paul Central 4-3 in the opening round before falling 6-1 to top-seeded Stillwater 6-1 in the quarterfinals. Stillwater won the section championship with a 6-1 win over second-seeded Mahtomedi in the final.

The section tournament concluded the team portion of the season for Woodbury. The Roayals finished 6-13 overall and 1-8 in the Suburban East Conference.

"It's been a great season for our girls and with the large majority of them returning next year and each hungry to keep improving and competing, exciting times surely await us," Woodbury head coach Derek Otto said.

Woodbury No. 1 doubles team of juniors Katie Kreibich and Taylor Monkman earned the Royals' lone point against Stillwater - in impressive fashion - winning 6-4, 6-1.

"They're playing with a ton of confidence and the steady aggressiveness we aim for," Otto said. "Katie has done a fantastic job in her limited doubles action."

It was Woodbury's doubles teams, also, that helped lift the Royals to victory over St. Paul Central.

Woodbury swept doubles in the match and won one singles match to edge the Minutemen, who have two of the section's top singles players in sisters Helen and Zoe Klass-Warch.

"It was great to see our doubles teams step up and sweep the match," Otto said. "That's a tough thing to do but was necessary for us playing against a singles lineup as strong as Central has."

For Woodbury, Kreibich and Monkman won 6-3, 6-2 at No. 1 doubles, while senior Yssa Yasis and sophomore Claire Proesch won 6-3, 6-0 at second doubles and juniors Greta Eisenrich and Lisa Blaut won 6-3, 7-6(5) at third doubles. Eisenrich and Blaut's win clinched the match for Woodbury.

"I was really happy with the way that Greta and Lisa stepped up in the final match of the day," Otto said. "They played with confidence, great energy, and stayed aggressive despite some adversity in the match. They've had some up and down performances this season, but it was great to see them hit their high point when we needed it the most."

Individually, freshman Brooke Hays earned the lone singles point for Woodbury, winning 6-4, 6-2 at third singles.

"Brooke did a great job of finding a way to win her match despite a fast, athletic opponent that seemed to get everything back in play," Otto said.

The individual Section 4AA tournament takes place this week, starting on Thursday at the Baseline Tennis Center on the University of Minnesota campus in Minneapolis.

Woodbury will send two singles players and two doubles teams to sections.