LAKEVILLE — Of the four individuals left standing after one day of competition at the Section 1-AA tennis tournament, two of the are from Owatonna.

Holding serve as the top two seeds, the Huskies’ No. 1 singles player, Emily Rahrick, as well as No. 2 Sara Anderson each won three matches apiece on Thursday at Lifetime Fitness in Lakeville and will meet in the sub-section championship on Tuesday.

Rahrick, who won the Big Nine Conference championship two weeks ago at No. 1 singles, won each of her matches 6-0, 6-0, taking down Mankato West’s Hannah Berndt, Lakeville South’s Lauren Diede and Hastings’ Anri Sakakibara in consecutive fashion.

Anderson also sliced through her side of the bracket, dropping just two games in three full matches. She defeated Austin’s Lauren Wernimont, Century’s Sophia Nevenheim and Hastings’ Emily Beyer.

In the other sub-section played in Rochester, Mayo’s Emma Trncic and John Marshall’s Chris Kirsten won all three of their matches and survived as the top two seeds. The winner will play either Anderson or Rahrick with a trip to state on the line. There will also be a true second place match.

The last Owatonna singles player to qualify for state was Bri Hartmann three years ago.

Both of Owatonna’s doubles combinations won at least one match, but were eliminated on Thursday. Olivia Herzog and Megan Johnson started 2-0 before falling short against a pair from Rochester Century.

Leah Tucker and Caitlynne Bussert started the day with a 6-1, 6-2 win against Austin before being sent home after a 6-1, 6-2 loss to Lakeville South.

Two individuals will represent the section at Class AA individual state tournament Oct. 25-26. Rahrick defeated both individuals on the other side of the bracket during the regular season and enters Tuesday’s round as one of the favorites to move on. Anderson played second singles for the Huskies all season and has not faced off against either Trncic or Kirsten.

Reach sports editor Jon Weisbrod at 444-2375, or follow him on @OPPJonW

Award-winning Sports Editor for the Owatonna People's Press, Weisbrod has worked in daily newspapers his entire career. He writes a regular column called Beyond the Box that delves into local, regional and national sports storylines.

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