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HHS playing as much tennis as possible

The Hastings girls' tennis team seems to be trying to play as much tennis as possible before the start of the conference season.

The Raiders have played nine duals so far, with one more rained out, over the course of three invitationals and a single dual. While their record is just above .500 at 5-4, they have played teams all across the size spectrum.

They first traveled to Duluth East to take on the Greyhounds, Virginia and Simley. The Raiders lost 7-0 to Duluth East, but from there bounced back over the next week. Playing singles were Elizabeth Henrichs, Anri Sakakibara, Anna Lindner and Skylar Tjomsland. Doubles teams were Izzy Kranz/Amy Roach, Rachel Weber/Ava Hernlem and Morgan Reinardy/Erika Henrichs.

They then lost to Virginia 4-3. Winners for Hastings were Sakakibara in third singles 6-1, 6-3; Audrey Langworthy in fourth singles 6-7, 6-0, (10-4); and Kranz/Lindner 7-6(3), 6-0 in first doubles.

Against Simley they inserted several new faces into the lineup but lost 4-3. Playing singles were Roach, Langworthy, Alexandra Doughty and Tjomsland. Hastings wins came its doubles teams of Kranz/Sakakibara, Elizabeth and Erika Henrichs, and Weber/Hernlem.

The Raiders' first victory came against Lake City 4-3 in their lone single dual. Roach won second singles 6-1, 6-4; and then then they swept doubles with wins from Kranz/Sakakibara, Weber/Hernlem and Reinardy/Lindner.

From there Hastings seemed to find its groove at an invitational hosted by Lakeville South against them, Armstrong and Holy Angels. The Raiders lost to Lakeville South 4-3 with wins from Roach in third singles, then Weber/Hernlem and Erika Henrichs/Lindner in doubles.

They then beat Armstrong 4-3 with wins from Roach in second singles, Lindner in third singles, Langworthy in fourth singles and the second doubles team of Weber and Hernlem.

Against Holy Angels, Hastings improved even more to win 5-2. Erika Henrichs and Langworthy won third and fourth singles, then the Raiders swept doubles thanks to Kranz/Sakakibara, Weber/Hernlem and Reinardy/Lindner.

Hastings latest invitational was at home against Visitation, Woodbury and Rosemount. While the dual against Rosemount was rained out, the Raiders did beat Woodbury and Visitation by scores of 4-3. Winning against Visitation was Roach in second singles and then a sweep of doubles by Kranz/Sakakibara, Weber/Hernlem and Reinardy/Lindner. In the win over Woodbury, Elizabeth Henrichs won first singles, Langworthy took fourth singles, Kranz/Sakakibara won first doubles, Weber/Hernlem won second doubles and Reinardy/Lindner sealed it in third doubles.

Hastings traveled to Waseca on Wednesday, Aug. 30, and then host their first conference match against Tartan on Thursday, Sept. 7.

Alec Hamilton

Alec Hamilton is a RiverTown Multimedia sports reporter covering Hastings, Farmington and Rosemount athletics. He graduated from Drake University with a journalism degree in 2014. 

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