NISSWA — Sara Wennerstrand and Caitlin Steffen each won two singles matches and teamed up to win a doubles match as the Brainerd Warriors lost two dual meets and tied another in Monday’s Camp Lake Hubert tournament.
Competing in sweltering 90-degree heat, Brainerd lost to Thief River Falls 4-3 and Bemidji 4-3 and battled to a 3-3 draw against Virginia.
“In conditions like today, heat and humidity present added challenges for coaches and players,” Brainerd coach Lisa Salo said. “We had a team pull out from the tournament (Sunday) so we altered the format of play to 8-game pro sets. Then, during the day, another team pulled out.
“We monitored our athletes and made decisions based on how they were doing.”
Wennerstrand and Steffen raised their records to 7-2.
“Sara and Caitlin controlled points and played consistent tennis and looked for offensive opportunities,” Salo said. “A lot of their competitive experience and maturing against that competition is starting to show.”
The Warriors’ top doubles team of Ashley Fitterer-Brooke Mimmack impressed Salo even though they went 0-3 for the day.
“They were competitive,” Salo said. “They lost some key points in each of their matches, and those matches could have gone either way. They’re gaining a ton of experience at No. 1 doubles, experience they haven’t had since they didn’t play No. 1 last year. They had a lot of experience at No. 3. Moving up to No. 1 is a big move.”
Junior varsity doubles winners were the teams of Megan Wroolie-Hannah Spitzley, Gretchen Gramer-Jenna Swenson, Hannah Moen-Spitzley, Shayla Metz-Gramer and Wroolie in singles.
Thief River Falls 4, Brainerd 3
Bemidji 4, Brainerd 3
Brainerd 3, Bemidji 3 (tie)
No. 1: Sara Wennerstrand 2-0
No. 2: Caitlin Steffen 2-0
No. 3: Payge Fitterer 0-2
No. 4: Hannah Moen 0-1, Emily Price 0-1
No. 1: Ashley Fitterer-Brooke Mimmack 0-2
No. 2: Kristina Anderson-Claire Gunsbury 1-1
No. 3: Kennedy Rusk-Hailey Hinrichs 1-1
Brainerd vs. Virginia
No. 1: Sara Wennerstrand-Caitlin Steffen 1-0
No. 2: Brooke Mimmack-Ashley Fitterer 0-1
No. 3: Kristina Anderson-Hannah Moen 0-1
No. 4: Claire Gunsbury-Payge Fitterer tie
No. 5: Hailey Hinrichs-Hannah Spitzley 0-1
No. 6: Kennedy Rusk-Emily Price 1-0
No. 7: Shayla Metz-Jenna Swenson 1-0
Overall: Brd 2-3-1. Next: Brainerd at Fergus Falls 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27.