The doubles team of Courtney Engholm and Karlie Ries went the farthest in the individual Section Tournament of any of Wildcat competitors.
The doubles team of Courtney Engholm and Karlie Ries went the farthest in the individual Section Tournament of any of Wildcat competitors. Engholm and Ries advanced to the quarterfinals by beating opponents from Luverne and United South Central before being knocked out of the running by eventual Section champions, Ashley Frederickson and Renata Hernandez, of St. James.
The doubles team discussed the great season that they and their team have been having with the Herald-Dispatch.
How did you feel going into your first match against St. James?
Courtney: We grew up playing those girls so we knew they had talent. We were prepared to make every point a fight.
Karlie: We knew they were going to be tough so we just tried to focus and stay positive.
What would you say contributed to your success this year?
K: Courtney and I were partnered together last year and we worked really well together. We were involved in a lot of the same things so we knew each other and developed chemistry. We also went canoeing together.
C: I think that [the chemistry] is a good quality to have in a pairing for doubles. You can have two good players who play good together and they might be successful. But when you get players that have good chemistry and have that bond, it comes more naturally. It’s hard to describe because we didn’t really know each other before tennis.
So you’d say tennis is the reason you are good friends now?
K and C: That and FFA, yeah.
Do you want to play tennis in college?
C: I haven’t been scouted or anything, but if the opportunity arose I would like to. I’d have to play singles then. I wouldn’t want to be paired with anyone else.
K: I still have a year of high school, but after that I wouldn’t be opposed to it.
Is there anyone you’d like to thank or mention?
C and K: Our parents, they have been really supportive, they didn’t come out just to see one of us, they supported both of us and the whole team, really. And Mr. Laffen, he’s an awesome coach and he really pushed us to find the love of the game, which we think is really important in a coach.
K: And the team, they all worked really hard this year.