Tigers serve up 2 wins

Published 11:18 pm Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Michelle Hartmann hits a forehand as she approaches the net Tuesday against Lyle-Pacelli. -- Jon Theuer

Open with wins over Lyle-Pacelli, Worthington

The Albert Lea girls’ tennis team opened the season by beating Lyle-Pacelli and Worthington Tuesday in a triangular at the high school courts.

The Tigers (2-0) got solid play from their doubles teams, sweeping both teams in that department on the day.

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“It was good for our doubles to come in and carry us all the way,” Tigers head coach Sean Gillam said. “That’s what you have to do in a Big Nine schedule.”

While Albert Lea doesn’t start its conference schedule until Aug. 31 when they host Rochester Century, grabbing two wins out of the gates is a good way to start the season.

The Tigers opened the triangular by beating Lyle-Pacelli 4-3.

The team won only one singles match, getting a point when Kristen Enger won by forfeit 1-0. Alissa Allison and Megan Gilbertson led a strong Tiger showing in partner play, though, winning at No. 1 doubles 6-1, 6-0.

Albert Lea’s singles play improved in the second match en route to a 7-0 win over Worthington.

At No. 1 singles, the Tiger’s Michelle Hartmann bounced back from an earlier loss and defeated Emily Williamson 6-1, 6-2.

“The girls in the singles spots recovered well in the second match,” Gillam said.

Ashley Gilbertson didn’t lose a game against Worthington, winning 6-0, 6-0 at No. 2 singles as did Enger at No. 4 singles and Kayla Swee and Ashley Petersen at No. 2 doubles.

The Tigers are on the court again Thursday as they host last year’s Gopher Conference runner-up, United South Central. The match starts at 4 p.m.

Albert Lea 4, Lyle-Pacelli 3


No. 1 Lauren Rieker (L-P) def. Michelle Hartmann 6-0, 7-6 (7-3)

No. 2 Abby Leif (L-P) def. Ashley Gilbertson 6-2, 4-6, 10-5

No. 3. Steph Kocer (L-P) def. Karlee Anderson 6-3, 6-1

No. 4 Kristen Enger (AL) def. forfiet 1-0


No. 1 Alissa Allison/Megan Gilbertson (AL) def. Lindsey Chapek/Lisa Tan 6-1, 6-0

No. 2 Kayla Swee/Ashley Petersen (AL) def. Mindy Nguyen/Maggie Leif 6-1, 4-6, 10-6

No. 3 Courtney Stewart/Alicia Hall def. Tiffany Hoefing/Betsey Ettinger 6-4, 6-2

Albert Lea 7, Worthington 0


No. 1 Michelle Hartmann (AL) def. Emily Williamson 6-1, 6-2

No. 2 Ashley Gilbertson (AL) def. Sabrina Klein 6-0. 6-0

No. 3 Karlee Anderson (AL) def. Kate Lasnar 7-6 (7-5), 3-6, 10-6

No. 4 Kristen Enger (AL) def. Amanda Bristow 6-0, 6-0


No. 1 Alissa Allison/Megan Gilbertson (AL) def. Elizabeth Luke and Brianna Kempema 2-0, retire

No. 2 Kayla Swee/Ashley Petersen (AL) def. Ashley Jansma/Heather Loy 6-0, 6-0

No. 3 Courtney Stewart/Alicia Hall (AL) def. Kristen Alijets/Rachel Drietz 6-0, 6-3