Hannah Berndt

Waseca junior Hannah Berndt plays a backhand shot Tuesday against Northfield at No. 3 singles in Northfield. Berndt and the Bluejays fell 6-1 to the Raiders. (Michael Hughes/southernminn.com)

Fourth-seeded Northfield opened the Section 1AA tournament Tuesday with a 6-1 win over No. 13 seed Waseca at Northfield High School.

The Bluejays (2-6) got a win at No. 4 singles where senior Brooke Hayes defeated Raiders sophomore Izzy Balvin 6-3, 6-4.

Waseca managed to win games in each match but couldn’t take a set off Northfield.

Sophomore Sarah Robbins fell 6-3, 6-3 against Caroline Ash at No. 2 singles. Junior Hannah Berndt lost at No. 3 singles 6-2, 6-1 and sophomore CeCe Huttemier lost 6-1, 6-0 to Libby Brust.

Bluejays seniors Emily Farley and Tanika Johnson played a close first set against Courtney Graff and Gabby Grant at No. 1 doubles before falling 6-3, 6-1.

Sophomore Grace Lapides and junior Jewel Paulson managed two games off Northfield’s Jenna Woitalla and Lynnette Ott in a 6-0, 6-2 loss at No. 3 doubles while junior Nicola DeJager and sophomore Miranda Breck lost 6-0, 6-0 to Northfield’s Annika Richardson and Solvei Christopherson at No. 2 doubles.

Waseca moves to the consolation team tournament to face Red Wing Thursday at 4 p.m. in Red Wing.

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