Rain can’t stop Vikings tennis from earning first win
After a 7-0 loss to Chisago Lakes Area last week the North Branch girls tennis team hit the road to Fridley and came home with a win.
The Vikings dominated early against the Tigers when rain forced the meet to end leaving North Branch with a 5-0 victory.
Winning their matches were Gabrielle Ruddy (6-1, 6-0) in first singles; Alexis Fersuson (6-3, 6-3), second singles; Alyssa Nordberg (6-2, 6-3), third singles; Janice Elkerton and Cydney Bettendorf (6-2, 6-1), first doubles; as well as Christina Gamer and Alex Koecher (6-0, 6-0) in second doubles.
In other matches, which were halted due to the weather, fourth singles Kaitlyn Johnson had been working on a comeback at 2-3 in the second set after narrowly losing the first 5-7, while Grace Rollin and Sami Weiss were well on their way at 6-3 and 5-2, respectively, in their initial sets.
“Everyone played well,” said Coach Tom McLaughlin. “Our lineup has shifted due to the results of challenge matches with one and two doubles, one and two singles, and three and four singles all switching places. The girls have been playing hard, and we hope to have another successful week with St. Francis, Spring Lake Park and the Blaine Tournament.”
The North Branch girls tennis team has a 1-4 record. The team will host the Spring Lake Park Panthers at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13 before competing in an invitational at Blaine High School beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15. The Vikings will then travel to Fridley to face the Totino-Grace Eagles at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18.