The Section 2A girls tennis championship match came down to the No. 1 and 2 singles players with No. 1 seeded Jordan leading No. 2 Le Sueur-Henderson 3-2.
But both of the Giants had to battle through injuries.
LS-H No. 2 singles player Gretchen Dwyer fell and scraped the back of her thigh which seemed to hamper her in the third set. Jordan’s Emily Randolph rallied to win 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 to clinch the match 4-2, and the Jaguars earned their first trip to state in their 20-year team history. The Giants also were seeking their first team berth to state.
“Gretchen gave a great effort taking the match to three sets,” LSH coach Linda Seaver said. “She played solid with consistent and deep ground strokes.”
No. 1 singles player Greta Nesbit’s bad back stiffened up in her second match of the day, and she put on a brace. But she pushed Emily Henderson to a first-set tiebreaker before losing 7-6. Nesbit could have defaulted, but she kept competing to the end before losing the second set 6-1 to finish off the Giants 5-2.
“Greta gave it a solid effort while battling an injury,” Seaver said.
The Giants (13-3 and ranked No. 8 in the state) took a 1-0 lead with a straight-set win by Kylie Dunning-Erica Cronk at No. 1 doubles.
“No. 1 doubles took control of the match from the start,” Seaver said. “They won with strong net play, great cross court shots and solid serving.”
Jordan (22-0 and ranked No. 7 in the state) tied it 1-1 with a straight-set win by Ella Bounds at No. 3 singles.
The Jaguars upped their lead to 2-1 with a straight-set win at No. 2 doubles by Madeline Jereapek-Morgan Busse.
The Giants tied it 2-2 with a straight-set win by Emma Seaver-Chloe Brandt at No. 3 doubles.
“No. 3 doubles played with consistency and confidence, generating a lot of offense and dominating at the net,” Seaver said.
Jordan took a 3-2 lead with a straight-set win by Jolie Wulf at No. 4 singles.
“We knew it would be a tough match,” Seaver said.
Next up is the section individual tournament starting at 9 a.m. Thursday with the first two rounds at Swanson Tennis Center. The semifinals and finals start at 9 a.m. Monday at the same place. Each team can have two singles and two doubles.
LSH 5, St. Peter 2
LSH’s superior experience prevailed over No. 3 seeded St. Peter 5-2 in the semifinals Monday.
Jordan shut out No. 4 seeded Belle Plaine in the other semifinal 7-0.
The Giants jumped to a 3-0 lead with wins by McKenna Reinhardt at No. 4 singles, Emma Seaver-Brandt at No. 3 doubles and Dwyer at No. 3 singles.
“Makenna did a great job coming from behind in the first set,” Seaver said. “She moved the ball around better as the match went on, moving her opponent on the court.
“Gretchen played solid, hitting with consistency. No. 3 doubles continue to play well. They are excellent at finding holes and openings on the court.”
The Saints (12-6) rallied with a pair of wins to cut the score to 3-2. Amelia Hildebrandt won in straight sets No. 2 singles and senior Lili Elofson-sophomore Lizzy Orth did the same at No. 1 doubles.
The Giants clinched the match 4-2 with a three-set win by Elle Seaver-Keely Olness over Amelia Wernsing-Ella Boomgarden at No. 2 doubles. Nesbit finished it off for the Giants with a straight-set win at No. 1 singles.
“Greta Nesbit did a fantastic job against Caitlin (Salfer), being able to use all angles in the court,” Seaver said.
“No. 2 doubles came back from a first-set loss. After settling in, they were able to play with more offense and consistency.
“We went with the lineup that would give us the best match-up against their team,” Seaver said
LSH 6, Sibley East 0
In a rain-shortened match, LSH opened the playoffs Thursday in shutting out No. 7 seeded Sibley East 6-0 at Le Sueur.
No. 3 singles was not completed due to rain and the match was already determined.
No. 1 and 2 singles players Nesbit and Dunning won in straight sets. No. 3 singles Dwyer was leading 6-4, 3-3 when her match was called. No. 4 Reinhardt won by injury defeat.
The Giants swept the doubles in straight sets with Cronk-Weick at No. 1, Elle Seaver-Olness at No. 2 and Emma Seaver-Brandt at No. 3.
Seaver called it a “good match and nice to start playoffs at home with straight-set victories. They are adjusting to the ever changing weather and wind conditions.”
Jordan 5, LSH 2
1. Henderson, J, def. Nesbit 7-6, 6-1
2. Randolph, J, def. Dwyer 6-4, 3-6, 6-4
3. Boounds, J, def. Weick 6-3, 6-0
4. Wulf, J, def. Reinhardt 6-4, 6-1
1. Cronk-Dunning, LSH, def. Anna Braun-Alyvia Behr 6-0, 6-1
2. Jereapek-Busse, J, def. Elle Seaver-Olness, 6-1, 6-1
3. Emma Seaver-Brandt, LSH, def. Arianna Kraus-Lydia Cook 6-2, 6-1
LS-H 5, St. Peter 2
1. Nesbit, LSH, def. def. Caitlin Salfer 6-4, 6-1
2. Hildebrandt, SP, def. Dunning 6-1, 6-4
3. Dwyer, LSH, def. Grace Werner 6-4, 6-1
4. Reinhardt, LSH, def. Milena Lund 6-4, 6-1
1. Elofson-Orth, SP, def. Cronk-Weick 6-2, 6-2
2. Elle Seaver-Olness, LSH, def. Ella Boomgaarden-Amelia Wernsing 3-6, 6-2, 6-2
3. Emma Seaver-Brandt, LSH, def. Emily Salfer-Josie Wiebusch 6-2, 6-3
LSH 7, Sibley East 0
1. Nesbit, LSH, def. Emily Tuchtenhagen 6-2, 6-2
2. Dunning, LSH, def. Brianna Kranz 6-2, 6-4
3. Dwyer, LSH, versus Jaquelyn Winstad 6-4, 3-3, stopped due to rain
4. Reinhardt, LSH, def. Aly Dieball 2-0, injury default
1. Cronk-Weick, LSH, def. Isabel Figueroa-Rachel Widmer 6-1, 6-3
2. Elle Seaver-Olness, LSH, def. Hailey Haggenmiller-Teresa Ehrich 6-1, 6-1
3. Emma Seaver-Brandt, LSH, def. Holly Otto-Madison Rechtzigel 6-0, 6-1