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December 5, 2021

10/1/2021 1:02:00 PM
Vikings split M8C matches with Big Lake and Monticello

North Branch 5, Big Lake 2
The Viking girls tennis team welcomed Big Lake to the courts on a perfect Tuesday for tennis.

With Mississippi 8 conference play in full swing, the two teams were both looking for a strong showing. The day proved to have battles all up and down the courts, and it was a fantastic match to watch.

Singles play was on point, with Rachel Wurdemann and Ashley Bistodeau winning in straight sets. Hailey Bistodeau was in an absolute battle at second singles, losing 4-6 in the first set, and then losing in a tiebreak for the second.

Nora Toussaint won at third singles, having to come back from behind and win a tiebreak to win the second set.
Doubles play was fierce at the net, as the teams pushed hard and found the open court. Sophia Helinsky and Justine Joyal won in straight sets. Carrie Hall and Brooke Rothe found themselves in a great battle, winning the first set, losing the second, and then coming back to win in the third.

“The match was a great way to start the week with Mississippi 8 conference play, as the Vikes come out with the W this day,” Head Coach Joel Santjer said after the uplifting win.

Monticello 5, North Branch 2
The Vikings traveled to Monticello to take on the Magic Tuesday to continue in Mississippi 8 play. The last couple of years Monticello and North Branch have found themselves in complete battles, and this year was another great match. Singles players were locked at nearly every position. Wurdemann was able to take the victory at one singles, but it was a battle. She lost a close first set, battled back to win the second 6-0, and then won in a close third 6-4. Hailey also got the win at second, using some great strategy to win 6-1, 6-0.

Toussaint and Ashley Bistodeau both played really close at third and fourth singes. Both girls went to tiebreaks, but ended up losing in straight sets.

Doubles played some great tennis as well. Joyal and Helinsky worked hard at first dubs and pulled off some great strategy, but lost in straight sets. Hall and Rothe started slow but came back to push the second set to a tiebreak, but also lost in straight sets.

“Overall it was a fantastic day for tennis with great battles, and some well earned victories for Rachel and Hailey,” Santjer said.

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