Girls Tennis: Isabelle Resch 4th at 8A Tournament
Isabelle Resch made a nice run at the Section 8A Individual Tournament last weekend at the Grand Forks Tennis Center. But the New York Mills senior, a foreign exchange student from Germany, couldn't quite put together enough of a run to get to the State Tournament.
Resch, who entered the 8A tournament as the No. 3 seed in singles, finished fourth overall.
She began the tournament with a 6-1, 6-0 win over No. 14 Michelle Stahlecker of Crookston. She advanced to the semifinals with a 6-2, 6-1 win over No. 6 Christina Smith of Park Rapids.
In the next round, Resch dropped a 6-3, 6-2 decision to the No. 2 seed, freshman Jessamy Jones of East Grand Forks.
That left Rech in the third place match against No. 4 Taylor McFarlane of Roseau. After winning the first set, 6-4, Resch dropped the next two, 6-4, 6-3, to finish in fourth place.
Jones, meanwhile, went on to face No. 1 seeded Abby Ness of Roseau in the championship. Ness won the 8A individual title with a 6-0, 6-0 win. Jones then had to defeat McFarlane in a True Second match to advance to State.
Mills other singles player, No. 8 seeded Missi Hendrickx, won her first round match over No. 9 Hayley Anderson, 6-0, 6-0. Hendrickx was then eliminated in the next round by Ness, 6-0, 6-0.
Ness had eliminated Perham's No. 16 seeded Brita Sundberg in the first round, 6-0, 6-0. Throughout the tournament, Ness only lost one point, winning her four matches by a combined score of 48-1.
The Lady Jackets other singles player, No. 7 Becca Huebsch, lost her first round match to No. 10 Jamie LaCoursiere of Thief River Falls, 6-2, 6-1.
In doubles action, Perham's No. 7 seeded team of Emily Wurgler and Whitney Delaney won their first round match over the No. 10 seeded team from Roseau, 6-3, 6-1. They're season came to an end in the next round, however, as they lost to the No. 2 team of Hayley Myrold and Sarah Derosier of Crookston, 6-1, 6-1.
Myrold and Derosier also took out the No. 15 Mills duo or Kaitlyn Hintsala and Jen Maki in the first round, 6-2, 6-0. They went on to win the 8A doubles championship over the No. 1 seeded team of Alyssa Carlson and Mary Kading from Park Rapids. Carlson and Kading will also go to State after a win in the True Second match against the No. 6 team of Rachel Lariviere and Jaclyn Proulx of Crookston.
Carlson and Kading began their run to State with a 6-2, 6-1 first round win over Perham's Suzanne Coleman and Hannah Brenk, who were the No. 16 seed's. The second Mills team, Savannah Thompson and Lauren Bach, the No. 12 seed's, lost their first round match to the No. 5 team of Zoe Pietras-Swanton and Katie Rook of Thief River Falls, 6-3, 6-0.
Before the singles and doubles tournaments began in Grand Forks on Friday, the 8A team championship was decided.
In the semifinals, No. 1 Roseau beat No. 5 Park Rapids, 6-1 and No. 3 East Grand Forks edged No. 2 Crookston, 4-3. In the finals, Roseau beat EGF for their second straight section crown, 4-0, in a match that was ended when the Rams hit four team points.
Roseau, and the top two singles players and top-two doubles teams from Section 8A will advance to the Class A State Tournament, which will be held at the Reed-Sweatt Tennis Center in Minneapolis Oct. 29-30.