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Girls Tennis: East Ridge's season comes to an end at section semifinals

Senior co-captain Kailey Courteau finds an opening for a point in Tuesday's match against Eagan. East Ridge lost 5-2 to end its season. Brian Mozey / RiverTown Multimedia 1 / 2
Senior co-captain Makenna Sandberg watches the ball connect to her racket as she earns the point for East Ridge. The Raptors lost to Eagan on Tuesday. Brian Mozey / RiverTown Multimedia 2 / 2

The Park and East Ridge girls' tennis team started individual section play. Below are the results.

Kate Townsend

The freshman singles player for Park made her way to the quarterfinals of the singles section tournament and lost to No. 1 seed Delaney Schurhamer from Woodbury to end her run.

Townsend defeated Souana Her from Harding with a 6-1, 6-0 final in the first round. After, she went on to defeat Rachel Kearns from Rosemount in a 6-1, 6-1 final score. That win brought her to the quarterfinals and one match away from playing on Monday in the semifinals.

Townsend went up against Schurhamer, but couldn't get the upset as she lost 2-6, 1-6 and ended her season.

Kailey Courteau

The co-captain and senior for East Ridge was the No. 5 seed in the singles section tournament. She played Theo Burr from Central in the first round and won 6-0, 6-0 to advance to the next round.

In the second round, Courteau played Maddie Dosser from South St. Paul and won 6-0, 6-0 to advance to the quarterfinals.

Courteau was one match away from playing in the semifinals on Monday, but wasn't able to get past Eesha Varma, the No. 4 seed, from Eagan as she lost 1-6, 0-6 to end her season and her high school career as she heads to college next season.

Dana Petrie

Petrie is from Park and found her way to the second round after defeating Gao Sheng Thao from Harding in a 6-2, 6-4 first round win.

In the second round, Petrie lost to Maria Bedford, the No. 3 seed, from Cretin-Derham Hall in a 0-6, 0-6 final to end her season.

Fabiola Ramirez

The sophomore from East Ridge got on a roll early in the singles section tournament with a 6-1, 6-0 win in the first round against Victoria Hartwich-Cedillo from Como Park.

In the second round, Ramirez was up against No. 7 seed Clara Thoemke from Simley and couldn't prevail as she lost 4-6, 0-6 to end her tennis season.

Doubles Section Results:

Abbie Marshall/ Hannah Marshall

The two juniors from East Ridge won their first round match against Kang Thao and Alyssa Moua from Harding with a 6-2, 6-4 final.

That win brought them to the second round to face the No. 1 seed pairing including Allie Prokosch and Jaelyn Orth from Henry Sibley and the East Ridge juniors lost 0-6, 0-6 to end their tennis season.

Hannah Holmgren/ Corrina Loshek

The two Park players had a tough first round match against Elizabeth Ellington and Leah Stroebel from Woodbury and lost 0-6, 2-6 to end their tennis season.

Caitlyn Swigert/ Abby Fjelsta

The two underclassmen from Park teamed up for the doubles section tournament and lost in the first round against Katie Huisman and Sushma Shankar from Eagan in a 0-6, 2-6 final to end their tennis seasons.

Makenna Sandberg/ Sidney Zavoral

The two seniors from East Ridge had a strong first round victory over Stella Lacroix-Dalluhn and Abby Karen from Como Park with a 6-1, 6-0 final.

The win brought them to the second round against Macy Mingo and Katherine Laird, the No. 6 seed, from Visitation and the two Raptors fell 0-6, 4-6 to end their seasons and their high school careers.


Eagan 5, East Ridge 2

At the beginning of the season, the East Ridge girls tennis team wasn't sure what to expect after the majority of last season's team graduated.

There were many questions of who would start where and how the team would respond to the changes. Another question at the start of the season was how far would the Raptors go in the season?

That question was answered on Tuesday night as East Ridge fell to Eagan in the section semifinals with a final score of 5-2.

"This season has been so much fun and these girls have worked really hard to improve themselves each match," said head coach Jon Rydberg. "The future is looking really bright at East Ridge."

Senior co-captain's Kailey Courteau and Makenna Sandberg both agreed that the improvement they've seen from the beginning of the season to Tuesday night has been substantial.

They've enjoyed their time at East Ridge and will hold all the memories throughout their careers with the tennis program, especially this season.

"The team got really close this season, which made it even more fun to be a part of," Sandburg said. "This will be one of my favorite seasons to look back on."

Rydberg knew this match against Eagan was going to be difficult since the Wildcats are the No. 1 seed in the tournament, but he wanted to make it close.

The Raptors won the No. 1 and 2 doubles matches, but lost the No. 3 doubles match. They also were swept in all four of the singles matches.

The season may be over, but Rydberg knows these girls will work on mechanics and other tennis skills this offseason to prepare themselves for next fall season. He's looking forward to seeing the steady improvement from each player once next year starts.

Even though the season has come to an end for East Ridge, Courteau is proud of how the team kept fighting towards the end of the season to create a winning streak and reach the semifinals of the section tournament.

"All of the girls have improved so much this season and it's fun to watch," Courteau said. "Even though this is our last season, the future of East Ridge tennis is bright. Especially with this group of girls."

Brian Mozey

I am the sports writer for the Woodbury Bulletin and South Washington County Bulletin. I'm a graduate from the Greenlee School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Iowa State University and have always had a passion for sports since a young age. Whether it was watching or playing sports, I always knew sports would be in my career. I've been born and raised in the suburbs of Minneapolis and look forward to continuing to learn more about the Woodbury and Cottage Grove area throughout my time in this position. 

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