Tigers fall in second triangular

Published 9:08 pm Friday, August 23, 2019

Albert Lea drops duals against Mayo and Northfield


NORTHFIELD — The Albert Lea girls’ tennis team traveled to Northfield Thursday afternoon for its second triangular meet of the week, this time squaring off with Rochester Mayo and Northfield. 

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In their first matchup of the day, the Tigers were shut out by the Spartans, 7-0. Senior Riley Johnson and junior Hannah Conn put up the biggest fight of the dual, falling in the No. 3 doubles match 6-3, 6-2.

Seniors Carley Talamantes and Madison Prihoda lost in the No. 1 doubles spot, 6-0, 6-0, and the team of seniors Brooke Maier and Kaedyn Kirchner lost the No. 2 doubles match 6-1, 5-7.

In singles action, senior Samantha Skarstad lost in the No. 1 slot, 6-2, 6-1. Junior Shelby Hanson and senior Maggie Moller both lost their matches 6-0, 6-0; and junior Alli Dulitz fell 6-1, 6-3 in her match at No. 4 singles.

The Tigers bounced back slightly in their second dual, however, still fell to the Raiders 5-2.

Picking up the wins for Albert Lea were the teams of Talamantes and Maier at the No. 1 doubles spot and Kirchner and Conn at the No. 2 spot. Talamantes and Maier won their match in an extremely close thriller, 7-5, 7-6 (7-5), and Kirchner and Conn won their match 6-3, 6-3. The other doubles team of Johnson and junior Dominica Eckstrom fell in three sets, 2-6, 7-5, 10-7.

Cutline Albert Lea junior Alli Dulitz hits a shot at a triangular in Northfield Thursday afternoon. Dulitz went 0-2 on the day, falling 6-1, 6-3 against her Rochester Mayo opponent and 6-4, 6-3 against her Northfield foe. – Tyler Julson/Albert Lea Tribune

The Tigers again struggled in singles matches. Hanson, Moller, Dulitz and Prihoda lost in the No. 1, 2, 3 and 4 spots, respectively. Hanson lost 6-1, 6-1; Moller lost 6-2, 6-1; Dulitz lost 6-4, 6-3; and Prihoda lost 6-1, 6-0.

As a team the Tigers fall to 0-4 on the season and will play again Tuesday, when they host the Huskies of Owatonna in their first home match of the season.


Triangular results

Rochester Mayo 7, Albert Lea 0


1. Taylor Julsrud (RM) def. Samantha Skarstad, 6-2, 6-1

2. Claire Loftus (RM) def. Shelby Hanson, 6-0, 6-0

3. Ani Bulbulian (RM) def. Maggie Moller, 6-0, 6-0

4. Audrey Aney (RM) def. Alli Dulitz, 6-1, 6-3


1. Deeya Patel/Ellen Barancyzk (RM) def. Carley Talamantes/Madison Prihoda, 6-0, 6-0

2. Taylor Hill/Grace Ackerman (RM) def. Kaedyn Kirchner/Brooke Maier, 6-1, 7-5

3. Molly Pickering/Nandini Iyer (RM) def. Riley Johnson/Hannah Conn, 6-3, 6-2


Northfield 5, Albert Lea 2


1. Libby Brust (NF) def. Shelby Hanson, 6-1, 6-1

2. Athena Pitsavas (NF) def. Maggie Moller, 6-2, 6-1

3. Courtney Graff (NF) def. Alli Dulitz, 6-4, 6-3

4. Caroline Ash (NF) def. Madison Prihoda, 6-1, 6-0


1. Carley Talamantes/Brooke Maier (AL) def. Courtney Graff/Leah Transburg, 7-5, 7-6 (7-5)

2. Kaedyn Kirchner/Hannah Conn (AL) def. Lynette Ott/Maggie Hvang, 6-3, 6-3

3. Celine Falcon-Geist/Marie Labenski (NF) def. Riley Johnson/Dominica Eckstrom, 2-6, 7-5, 10-7


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Tyler Julson covers sports for the Albert Lea Tribune.

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