A.L. tennis loses opening round of Section 1AA tournament
Published 4:38 pm Thursday, October 3, 2019
The Albert Lea Tigers traveled to Lakeville to take on Hastings Wednesday afternoon for the first round of the Section 1AA tournament.
The matchup, originally scheduled for Tuesday, was postponed due to poor weather conditions. Despite the extra day of preparation, the Tigers were unable to match the Radiers’ power, falling 7-0.
The closest Albert Lea came to a win was junior Ali Dulitz, who went into a third-set tiebreaker in her No. 4 singles match. Dulitz won the first set handily 6-0, however, lost the second set 6-3 and the eventual tiebreaker 10-3.
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Seniors Carley Talamantes and Brooke Maier were close in their efforts at No. 1 doubles, losing 6-4, 6-3.
The duos of senior Kaedyn Kirchner and junior Hannah Conn and senior Maddie Prihoda and junior Dominica Eckstrom were the only other teams to win three games in a set. Kirchner and Conn lost 6-1, 6-3 in the No. 2 doubles match and Prihoda and Eckstrom lost 6-3, 6-1 in the No. 3 doubles match.
In other singles action, senior Sam Skarstad lost 6-2, 6-1 at the No. 1 position. Junior Shelby Hanson and senior Maggie Moller struggled at the No. 2 and 3 spots, respectively. Both fell with scores of 6-0, 6-1.
As a team, the Tigers are done for the season. However, they will still compete in the individual section tournament starting Thursday.