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East Ridge girls tennis: Raptors drop pair of 4-3 matches

The East Ridge girls tennis team is learning the hard way about the old adage that close only counts in horseshoes.

East Ridge lost two 4-3 matches last week - to Cretin-Derham Hall and Forest Lake - and now has five 4-3 losses on the year, three to teams ranked among the top 15 in the state.

East Ridge is now 7-6 overall and 3=4 in the Suburban East Conference.

Last week, against Cretin-Derham Hall, the Raptors had chances to win the match but lost in three sets at No. 1 singles, and lost very close matches at second and third doubles.

"If we played like we know we can, that match goes in our favor," East Ridge head coach Jon Rydberg said.

In the loss to Forest Lake, which was ranked 14th in the state in early September, the match came down to second doubles, where the Raptors lost a close three-setter, 7-5, 1-6, 4-6.

"We played much better than Tuesday's match," Rydberg said. "We have a shot to win every single match and look to stop losing those close ones. "

Nicole Robinson, at third singles, Minh-Tu Van, at fourth singles, and the first doubles team of Taylor Anderson and Natalie Robinson all went 2-0 this past week for the Raptors.

East Ridge took on Roseville on Monday, after the Bulletin went to press. Next, is a big match against section foe Hill-Murray on Sept. 26, before the Raptors end the regular season against Hastings on Sept. 27.