October 1, 2009 at 8:54 a.m.

Vikings nearly top Cooper

Vikings nearly top Cooper
Vikings nearly top Cooper

Totino Grace 5, North Branch 2

With the conference schedule wrapping up, but plenty of strong teams still on their plate, the Vikings had a tough time dealing with Totino Grace's top players.

They managed to grab two points from the Eagles, but it wasn't enough as they fell 5-2. Kelcee Archer won the first point of the day for the Vikings, earning a 6-1, 6-4 win at fourth singles. "Kelcee has been our steadiest singles player this year," Head Coach Tom McLaughlin said. "She uses all parts of her game with equal effectiveness. She doesn't have any great strengths, but she doesn't have any great weaknesses."

The other Viking point came at second doubles, where Emily Ziegler and Katherine Helbig won 6-3, 3-6, 6-3. It was tough for McLaughlin to watch this pair struggle up until this match, as they had been knocking on the door for a while, but they couldn't secure many wins. "Those two have played nearly everyone close, but have been unable to pick up wins," McLaughlin explained.

Robbinsdale Cooper 4, North Branch 3

In one of those matches that is even more close than the score indicates, the Vikings dropped another North Suburban match last week.

Archer continued to play solid tennis, as she moved up to third singles and shut out her opponent 6-0, 6-0.

Youngster Brittany Moore moved down to fourth singles, an it paid off as she also won a point for the Vikes, earning a 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 win.

Quiana Quam and Katie Munns scored the other point for the Vikes, securing a three-set win at first doubles.

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