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East Ridge girls tennis: Raptors beat Bears, fall 4-3 to top-seeded Stillwater

East Ridge nearly pulled off the upset of the season.

After beating White Bear Lake 5-2 in the quarterfinals of the Section 4AA tournament, East Ridge battled top-seeded Stillwater to within one point, before falling 4-3 to the Ponies in the semifinals.

Stillwater went on to win the Section 4AA championship with a 6-1 win over second-seeded Mahtomedi.

After going undefeated in the regular season, the Raptors' first doubles team of Taylor Anderson and Natalie Robinson continued to shine with a straight set win over Stillwater, as did East Ridge's second doubles team of Anna Bearrood and Regan Dolezal.

"Our singles players won it for us versus White Bear Lake, our doubles kept it close against Stillwater," East Ridge head coach Jon Rydberg said. "Minh-Tu Van at No. 4 singles continues to always be a threat to win with her steady play. She brings it every day. Our third doubles team of Audri Sturm and Megan Karrow have solidified their position on the team with aggressive and smart play the last two weeks."

The section tournament concluded the team portion of the season for East Ridge. The Raptors finished 10-8 overall and 4-5 in the Suburban East Conference - good for sixth place.

The individual Section 4AA tournament takes place this week, starting on Thursday at the Baseline Tennis Center on the University of Minnesota campus in Minneapolis.

East Ridge will send two singles players and two doubles teams to sections.

"Those six players have a great chance to go deep into the tournament and make a run at state," Rydberg said.