Tigers battle way to courts’ conference championship

The Tiger 2nd Doubles duo of Becca Maus & Hannah Johnson celebrated a point during their final game when they won at Monticello Oct. 1.  Photos by Greg Hunt

The Tiger 2nd Doubles duo of Becca Maus & Hannah Johnson celebrated a point during their final game when they won at Monticello Oct. 1. Photos by Greg Hunt

Sweeping the doubles matches while getting long battles in singles, the Princeton girls tennis squad defeated host Monticello 4-3 to earn a share of the Mississippi 8 Conference championship. The Magic came into the match undefeated at 8-0 in the M-8, while Princeton came in at 7-1 with just the lone loss to Rogers.

Earning wins in doubles were Becca Trunk & Jenna Doyle (6-3, 6-2), Becca Maus & Hannah Johnson (6-2, 6-4), and Reilly Schepper & Krysta Maus (7-5, 2-6, 6-3).  Adding the other team point needed for the win was Mary Claire Mayerchak at 1st Singles (6-4, 6-0), while Bri Dorr, Kelsey Dorr and Sarah Stark all fought well in their long singles matches for the Tigers.

The Princeton girls tennis squad took care of business last week, earning the two conference wins needed to keep their conference title hopes alive.

Mary Claire Mayerchak kept her strong season rolling with a straight-sets win at 1st Singles against the Magic.

Mary Claire Mayerchak kept her strong season rolling with a straight-sets win at 1st Singles against the Magic.

On Sept. 24, Princeton worked for a 6-1 win at Cambridge-Isanti on a sweet afternoon for tennis. Mary Claire Mayerchak won her 101st match of her Tiger career with a 6-1, 6-2 sweep at 1st Singles. Adding singles victories were Bri Dorr (6-3, 6-2) and Kelsey Dorr (6-3, 6-3).

Jenna Doyle and Becca Trunk stayed hot with an aggressive 6-3, 6-1 win at 1st Doubles. Also taking their doubles matches were Hannah Johnson & Becca Maus (6-3, 6-4) and Krysta Maus & Sarah Stark (6-4, 6-1).

The next big match came at home on Thursday when the Tigers dispatched Chisago Lakes 5-2. Mayerchak (6-2, 6-2) and K. Dorr (6-3, 6-1) gave the team wins at singles. Doyle and Trunk rallied for a 5-7, 6-2, 6-0 win at 1st Doubles, with more team points coming from Johnson & B. Maus (6-3, 6-1) and Reillee Schepper & K. Maus (6-0, 6-2).

“After being down 2-1 in the second set, Jenna Doyle and Becca Trunk won the next 11 games in their match. They got on a pretty amazing roll,” said Tiger Coach Kelly Dorr. “This was a great overall match for us since we were tied with Chisago Lakes for second place in the conference.”

Playoffs on horizon

With the 2013 fall season zipping by quickly, girls tennis will be the first sport to begin the playoffs when the Section 7AA South Team Subsections kick off Oct. 7-8. The Tigers will likely get a home match for Monday’s opener and possibly another one on Tuesday, depending on how Sunday night’s seeding meeting shakes out. Forest Lake (22-0) will be the No. 1 seed in the South, having defeated the Tigers 4-3, Andover 4-3 and Elk River 5-2 in recent weeks.

The 7AA South Individuals will follow at Spring Lake Park on Thursday, Oct. 10.

Mississippi 8 Girls Tennis: Princeton 8-1, 16-4; Monticello 8-1, 16-6;  Chisago Lakes 6-2, 12-6; Rogers 6-2, 13-3; Cambridge-Isanti 5-4, 13-5; St. Michael-Alb. 4-4, 12-5; Buffalo 3-5, 7-7; Big Lake 1-8, 2-11; St. Francis 1-8, 2-14; North Branch 0-8, 3-12.

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