The Tigers tennis team finished the season on a strong note, settling into a line-up over the season’s final two weeks that produced a season-best six-points in the finale, a 6-1 victory over Glencoe-Silver Lake in a Section 2A consolation match.
The Tigers were defeated by a strong Annandale team by a 5-2 count in the first round of the section tournament.
This year’s format was different. While LeSueur-Henderson will play Litchfield for the Section 2A championship, the winner will not advance to the state tournament.
Thursday, Oct. 8
Belle Plaine 6, GSL 1
Quarterfinal losers were also granted a “consolation match,” in which the Tigers dominated the Glencoe-Silver Lake Panthers.
“This was a great team win,” said Coach Melissa Hanson. “It very easily could’ve been 7-0. I knew that we would match up well with them in singles and doubles.”
The Tigers won all four singles events in last Thursday’s dual, which was played in Belle Plaine. Emma Driehorst, Elissa Moonen, Lydia Sparby, and Kayla Streich each swept their way to victory.
“I was really impressed with the way that singles went out and dominated,” Hanson said.
Driehorst led comfortably in both sets of a 6-4, 6-4 victory but had to work to close out her opponent after the gap narrowed, using strong lobs and ground strokes to close out the match.
“Emma has really done a good job competing at No.1 singles this year,” Hanson said. “She is always competing until the last point is over.”
Moonen played most of the year at doubles until moving into No. 2 singles for the final two regular season matches. She won 6-4, 6-1.
“(She) came out dominating right away,” Hanson said, moving her opponent around the court and using her lob to finish points.
“She has really held her ground … after starting the year in doubles.”
Sparby executed deep ground strokes and picked some opportunities to be aggressive at the net, two things Hanson said Sparby has been working to improve, in a 6-0, 6-2 win,
Kayla Streich survived a 7-5, 7-6 (4) match at No. 4 singles.
“Kayla and Lydia are developing into good singles players, and I am excited to see where this growth will take them next season.”
Kadence Bran de Leon and Lauren Johnson won 6-4, 6-1 at No. 1 doubles, and Courtney Eppen and Amilia Messer won 6-2, 6-1 at No. 2 doubles.
Joelea Koepp and Elliana Fahey fell 6-1, 6-7 (6), 10-7 in a hard-fought match at No. 3 doubles, preventing a Tigers sweep.
No. 1 – Driehorst (BP) def. Tkachenko, 6-4, 6-4
No. 2 – Moonen (BP) def. Terlinden, 6-4, 6-1
No. 3 – Sparby (BP) def. Sievert, 6-0, 6-2
No. 4 – Streich (BP) def. Gruber, 7-5, 7-6 (4)
No. 1 - Johnson/ Bran de Leon( BP) def. Malz/Monahan, 6-4, 6-1
No. 2 – Eppen/Messer (BP) def. Malz/Lemke, 6-2, 6-1
No. 3 –Nemac/Trippel (GSL) def. Fahey/Koepp, 6-1, 6-7 (10), 10-7
Monday Oct. 5
Annandale 5, Belle Plaine 2
Hanson expected the going would be tough in the Section 2A opener at Annandale.
Annandale’s top three singles players were a combined 33-6, including a former state participant.
“I knew we would have a tough time winning at the top three singles positions,” Hanson said. “However, I knew we had a strong shot at winning all of the doubles and possibly fourth singles the way Kayla has been playing.”
Annandale dropped just one game in the top three singles matches and claimed No. 4 singles and No. 3 doubles in a 5-2 victory.
Bran de Leon and Johnson swept at No. 1 doubles, as did Eppen and Messer at No. 2 doubles.
At one moment, Hanson said, the Tigers had won at the top two doubles, third doubles was heading into a third set, and Streich was up 6-5 in her opening set at No. 4 singles.
“For a few moments, things were really going our way, and I thought we could pull off the upset,” Hanson said.
Fahey and Koepp dropped a three-set match at No. 3 doubles, and Streich dropped her first set 7-6 at No. 4 singles before losing in straight sets.
Bran de Leon and Johnson finished the season 10-0 as a doubles tandem.
No. 1 - Groth (ANN) def. Driehorst, 6-0, 6-0.
No. 2 – Simon (ANN) def. Moonen, 6-1, 6-0
No. 3 – Honsey (ANN) def. Sparby, 6-0, 6-0
No. 4 – Langbehn (ANN) def. Streich, 7-6, 6-0
No. 1 – Bran de Leon/Johnson (BP) def. Kulm/Yeager, 6-3, 6-4
No. 2 – Eppen/Messer (BP) def. Jonas//Hillestad, 7-6, 6-2
No. 3 – Adams/Norgren (ANN) def. Fahey/Koepp, 6-4, 0-6, 6-3
2020 BPHS Girls Tennis Team Results
Overall Record: 5-9
L Aug. 25 – LSH 7, BP 0
W Aug. 27 – BP 5, TCU 2
L Sept. 1 - LSH 6, BP 1
L Sept. 3 - Sibley East 6, BP 1
W Sept. 8 - BP 5, Maple River 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 - Sibley East 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
Minnesota River Conference
Girls Tennis Teams W/L
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