Very little is normal these days, and that’s part of the reason the Belle Plaine Tigers played Minnesota River Conference foe Sibley East in a consolation match of the Section 2A Tennis Tournament.

Since there is no state tennis tournament or individual section tournament this season, a consolation bracket was played out in the Section 2A girls tennis competition.

Sibley East, who finished second to LS-H in the MRC this season, emerged a 5-2 winner in last Tuesday’s contest, played in the wind at the Arlington tennis courts.

“It was a very competitive match,” said Coach Melissa Hanson.

The Tigers lost in straight sets, although very tight sets, at No. 1 and No. 4 singles, and Kadence Bran De Leon and Lauren Johnson dropped their first match of the season at No. 1 doubles.

Sibley East’s top singles player had suffered an injury and was unable to play No. 1 singles, so she paired up on the Wolverines top doubles team.

“It’s always though when a team’s top player is at number one doubles,” Hanson said. “It was a very competitive match and challenging with the wind. It was a tough way to end a very successful season for both seniors.”

Bran de Leon and Johnson were defeated 6-4, 6-3.

Emma Breimhorst played her “best match of the year,” according to Hanson, in falling 6-4, 7-6 at No. 1 singles.

Lydia Sparby won her opening set at No. 3 singles 6-1 before dropping set two, 6-4. Sparby rebounded to win the third set by an identical 6-1 score.

“Lydia came out in that third set, really focused and determined to play the same style that she had in the first,” Hanson said.

Courtney Eppen and Amilia Messer won 6-3, 6-3 at No. 2 doubles. It was their sixth-consecutive victory to end the season.

Tuesday, Oct. 13

SE 5, BP 2


No. 1 – Widmer (SE) def. Driehorst, 6-4, 7-6 (6)

No. 2 – Sylvester (SE) def. Moonen, 6-2, 6-1

No.  3 – Sparby (BP) def. Dieball, 6-1, 4-6, 6-1

No. 4 – Bullert (SE) def. Streich, 7-6, 6-3


No. 1 – Wipstad/Otto (SE) def. Bran de Leon/Johnson, 6-4, 6-3

No. 2 – Eppen/Messer (BP) def. Reyes/Widmer, 6-3, 6-3

No. 3 – Thoele/Bednarek (SE) def. Fahey/Koepp, 7-6, 6-3

2020 BPHS Girls Tennis Team Results

Overall Record: 5-10

L    Aug. 25 – LSH 7, BP 0

W  Aug. 27 – BP 5, TCU 2

L   Sept. 1 - LSH 6, BP 1

L   Sept. 3 - SE 6, BP 1

W  Sept. 8 - BP 5, Maple R. 2

W  Sept. 15 - BP 4, TCU 3

L   Sept. 17 - SWC 4, BP 3

L   Sept. 21 - Jordan 5, BP 2

L   Sept. 22 - S.E. 5, BP 2

L   Sept. 24 - Jordan 5, BP 2

L   Sept. 29 -  USC 4, BP 3

W  Oct. 1 - BP 5, USC 2

L   Oct. 5 - Annandale 5, BP 2

W  Oct. 8 - BP 6, GSL 1

L   Oct. 13 -SE 5, BP 2

Minnesota River Conference

Girls Tennis Teams W/L FINAL


Sibley East.......................4/2

United South Central.........4/2

SW Christian.....................3/3

Belle Plaine........................2/4

Tri-City United...................2/4

Maple River.......................0/6

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