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October 18, 2019

9/19/2019 3:07:00 PM
'Cats rocking it on the courts

It’s been quite a roll for the Chisago Lakes girls tennis team this year, so far. They are 8-3 overall, with a 3-0 mark in the Mississippi 8 Conference and things seem to be heating up quite a bit.

Chisago Lakes 4, Anoka 3
The ‘Cats toppled Anoka on Saturday, September 7 with a mix of singles and doubles points. They got a win at first singles from Greta Gillach and at fourth singles from Alyssa VanOrnum.

Only splitting the singles meant CL would have to take two out of three doubles matches, and they did just that. Jill Erickson and Chloe Zupko won 6-3, 6-2 at second doubles and Emily Erickson and Laine DeVries took the third doubles point with a 6-2, 6-2 win.

Chisago Lakes 4, Blaine 1
In a rain-shortened second match on Saturday, September 7, enough of the Wildcat competitors made short work of their Bengal counterparts to get an official win. Malia McKinnon and VanOrnum were winners in singles, and the doubles teams of Erickson and Zupko and DeVries and Erickson won, giving CL four points and an insurmountable lead, so when the rain reared up, the win was awarded to the Wildcats.

Chisago Lakes 7, St. Francis 0
Chisago Lakes continued their dominance over St. Francis, breezing past the Saints on Tuesday, September 10. Gillach, McKinnon and VanOrnum all won easily in singles and Lauryn Lundberg battled through three sets after losing the opener 6-0 to win at third singles.

In doubles, all three teams won, including a nice 6-4, 6-4 win from Claire and Grace DeVries at first doubles. Zupko and J. Erickson, as well as L. DeVries and E. Erickson got wins also for CL.

East Ridge 4, Chisago Lakes 3
The ‘Cats played one of their most challenging matches of the year on Monday, September 16, falling just short against the Raptors.

The Wildcats’ singles lineup did their job, winning three of four from ER. Gillach, Lundberg and VanOrnum all won, including a three set thriller from VanOrnum.

But, East Ridge got a clean sweep in the doubles spots, ensuring their 4-3 win. Zupko and Kati Peterson had a back-and-forth affair at second doubles, losing 6-0 before winning the second set 6-4. Unfortunately, the ER duo won the third set 6-1 to claim the victory.

“The girls have been winning matches, but more than that, they are becoming good tennis players,” Head Coach Jon Erickson said. “They are growing together and gaining maturity as a team, and they are learning what it takes to play like champions. I am super proud of them and who they are becoming!”

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