|10/11/2012 10:23:00 AM|
Wildcats finish regular season, advance in sections vs FLake
By JEFF NORTON
Coon Rapids 4, Chisago Lakes 3 Although this match looked winnable on paper for the Wildcats, the Cardinals of Coon Rapids went to a doubles heavy lineup and sneaked a win away from Chisago Lakes in their penultimate regular season match. A few matches got away from CL towards the end, but Head Coach Corey McKinnon still took positives from the match.
“The wins and losses don’t matter to us. We just need to ask ourselves after every match ‘Did we lay it on the line today?’ and if we did, and we got beat, that’s fine. But if we don’t lay it on the line and lose the match, it only becomes a true loss if we don’t learn from it and get better because of it.” The Wildcats got wins from Sammy Hindt at first singles, she won a hard-earned 6-3, 6-3 match over her opponent. Chisago all got a win from her younger sister Izzy Hindt, who won at fourth singles 7-6 (7-4), 6-1, and from the first doubles team of Jaci Vitali and Maddie Howard, who won 6-3, 6-1. Despite losing at third doubles, McKinnon thought Savannah Stendahl and Katie Jennissen showed a lot of heart and resilience in a 2-6, 5-7 loss. Chisago Lakes 4, Cambridge-Isanti 3 In their last regular season match of the year, the Wildcats beat section foe Cambridge-Isanti by the skin of their teeth. Another team went doubles heavy against the Wildcats, and this time Cambridge-Isanti swept the doubles portion of the meet, but that left their singles vulnerable to a sweep, and that’s exactly what CL did. Sammy Hindt won 6-1, 6-1, Erica Ristow won 6-1, 6-2 at seconds singles and Izzy Hindt rolled 6-0, 6-0 at fourth singles. The match really came down to the third singles spot, where sophomore Amy Buddy was able to win a close match 7-6 (7-2), 6-3. “Amy really delivered in this spot,” McKinnon said.
“That first set tiebreak was a huge point for us and once she got that win, she rolled with it in the second set.” Both first and second doubles went three sets. Vitali and Howard lost a grueling match 6-2, 6-7 (4-7), 2-6. McKinnon said it was a great match to watch both tandems play. The second dubs team of Shelby Houfer and Allison Gadbois lost their first set 4-6, then rebounded for a 6-2 win in the second. However, they just couldn’t catch any breaks in the third set and the Bluejacket pair was just finding every miniscule opening and they won 6-0. Chisago Lakes 4, St. Francis 1 After getting rained out on Monday, Oct. 8, the Wildcats had to make up their first round section game against St. Francis on the next day. But, Mother Nature didn’t exactly cooperate. After Chisago Lakes took a quick 3-1 lead on victories by Ristow, Budde and Izzy Hindt. A quick 10-minute rainstorm stopped by and dumped enough rain on the courts to make them unplayable for a time. McKinnon and the St. Francis coach convened and decided they had to wait it out and get a court or two dry to finish tonight, or they’d have to come back the next morning during school to finish the matches that weren’t done, even though the winner would then have to play Forest Lake in the second round of sections later that day. After about a 40 minute delay, one court had enough sun and wind on it that it had dried off, but then they were dealing with sunlight issues, as it was just past 6 p.m. then.
The coaches decided to put the farthest along match on the court, which happened to be Vitali and Howard’s match at first doubles, which the CL pair lead 6-2, 4-3. Howard held serve when play resumed and Chisago went up 5-3, and it looked like the marathon could end. But, the St. Francis team not only held their own serve, they broke Vitali’s serve on the next changeover, leaving the match tied at 5-5. The Wildcats answered right back by breaking the Saints’ serve, and then when Howard held serve again, the ‘Cats earned the victory 7-5. At 4-1, it was impossible for the Saints to come back, so they called the match at that point as a victory for Chisago Lakes. The ‘Cats faced Forest Lake on Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 4:30. The two teams squared off earlier this year and the Rangers won 4-3. CL got their points from Sammy Hindt and Ristow at the top two singles spots and Vitali and Howard at the top doubles spot. Individual Sections The individual portion of sections begins on Thursday, Oct. 11. Sammy Hindt is seeded fourth and Ristow is seeded eighth in the individual brackets In the doubles brackets, Howard and Vitali earned the fourth seed also, and Gadbois and Budde will form a new tandem to try and earn a trip to state as the 11th seed.