The tennis season is now over after six of the River Valley Wildcats competed in the Section 3A individual tournament on Oct. 10 at Redwood Valley High School.
In the play-in round, the duo of Ashley Johnson and Carissa Evers got revenge on a team from Martin County West who had beaten them earlier in the season. Johnson and Evers lost the first set 4-6 but got the jitters out and played more aggressively to win the next two sets. Meanwhile, Lauren Laffen took a straight set victory in a singles match over a girl from Lac qui Parle Valley who Laffen had defeated previously this year.
It was a tough round of 16 as all but one Wildcat fell short in their matches. Laffen was unable to come up with the win in the singles tournament against the No. 2 seed from Yellow Medicine East. Laffen managed to win four games in the second set but it wasn’t enough. Also, the doubles team of Erika Ries and Natalie Stevens fell short in their match against a team from Yellow Medicine East as well. Ries and Stevens played well, but were run over from the strong at-net players who easily put a lot of points away. It was an even tougher match for the duo of Johnson and Evers, as they weren’t able to win a single game in their match against an experienced team from Luverne.
Sophomore Kalyn Haas was the only athlete to move on to the quarterfinal round. Her match in the round of 16 was at first shaky, but she got rid of the nerves as she went on to beat the player from Martin County West. In the quarterfinal match, Haas played against a familiar opponent from Lac qui Parle Valley. The two had a close match a few weeks ago and this one was no different. Haas started out slow and lost the first set 3-6. It looked to be about over in the second set as Haas was down 0-5, but after a quick talk by Coach Bradd Goede, she was able to make a comeback and win four games in a row to make it 4-5. The tenth game of the second set was another close one, but Haas fell short.
Despite the season-ending tournament, Goede said it was still a nice day for River Valley and he looks forward to the years ahead.
“All-in-all I felt it was a very good day for the Wildcats and I think everyone showed that they will be a force to be reckoned with in the future as all are underclassmen, as is our entire team,” Goede said.
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No. 2 singles: Lauren Laffen (RV) def. Kamryn Siedschlag (LqPV/D-B) 6-4, 7-6 (7-4). Doubles: Carissa Evers/Ashley Johnson (RV) def. Harley Holtz/ Ily Schlenk (MCW) 4-6, 6-2, 6-2.
Round of 16
No. 1 singles: Kalyn Haas (RV) def. Alisa Russenberger (MCW) 3-6, 6-1, 6-2. No. 2: Danielle Clark (YME) def. Lauren Laffen (RV) 2-6, 4-6. Doubles: Jordan Trotter/Jordan Glad (YME) def. Erika Ries/Natalie Stevens (RV) 6-2, 6-2. Paige Adams/Kynzie Smedsrud (Luv) def. Carissa Evers/Ashley Johnson 6-0, 6-0.
No. 1 singles: Kylie Jahn (LqPV/D-B) def. Kalyn Haas 6-3, 6-4.