Hastings girls' tennis winners of three in a row
The Hastings girls' tennis team has won their last three matches in a row over Waseca, Tartan and Burnsville. With those three wins, the Raiders are now 8-4 overall and have played over half their schedule. They beat Waseca 5-2, swept Tartan 7-0 and edged out a good Burnsville team 4-3.
Head coach Marissa Welch said that her team's performance so far has surprised even her.
"They have exceeded my expectations thus far," she said. "Our doubles have been incredible and just giving the team a chance at team win, and the singles are all trying their hardest and rotating the win. These girls are putting forth such team effort, it's so fun to watch, coach and be a part of."
Hastings won two singles matches and swept doubles against Waseca. Junior Elizabeth Henrichs (6-3, 7-6) and sophomore Amy Roach (6-0, 7-5) won first and second singles respectively. The team of Izzy Kranz/Anri Sakakibara won first doubles 6-1, 6-0, Rachel Weber and Ava Hernlem took second doubles 6-0, 6-1 and lastly Morgan Reinardy and Anna Lindner won third doubles 6-1, 6-2.
The Raiders swept all seven matches against visiting Tartan. Elizabeth Henrichs won first singles 6-0, 6-2; Roach took second singles 6-1, 6-2; junior Emily Beyer grabbed third singles 6-2, 6-2 and Erika Henrichs won fourth doubles 6-1, 6-0.
Kranz/Sakakibara dominated first doubles 6-0, 6-0; Weber/Hernlem swept all the points in second doubles 6-0, 6-0 and Reinardy/Lindner won third doubles 6-1, 6-0.
Hastings pulled out a close meet against Burnsville 4-3 on the strength of their doubles teams. Burnsville won three of the singles matches but Hastings swept all of the doubles.
Elizabeth Henrichs lost first singles 6-4, 6-3; Roach fell in second singles 6-3, 4-6, 10-5; Beyer snatched third singles 6-2, 6-2 and Erika Henrichs lost fourth singles 6-0, 6-3.
The Raiders flipped the result with three straight doubles victories. Kranz/Sakakibara won first doubles 6-3, 6-1; Weber/Hernlem took second doubles 7-5, 6-1 and Reinardy/Lindner sealed the meet in third doubles 6-0, 6-3.
Hastings hosted Northfield on Monday, Sept. 11, and South St. Paul on Tuesday, Sept. 12; they then went to Henry Sibley on Thursday, Sept. 14 before going to Eagan on Saturday, Sept. 16, for an invitational.