PEQUOT LAKES -- At this year's U.S. Open, Serena and Venus Williams showed that sisters can dominate a sport.
On a local level, Ashley and Valerie Meschke of the Pequot Lakes Patriots tennis team are proving the Williamses aren't the only dynamic duo around.
Ashley, a senior, and Valerie, a freshman, are tearing up the local competition this year. Before Saturday's Pine City tournament the two sisters had identical records of 13-0.
Last week, Ashley defeated Krista Lindgren of Aitkin 6-2, 6-0, while Valerie beat Amy Lammers 6-0, 6-3.
On Sept. 6, Ashley defeated Megan Beseres of Crosby-Ironton 6-0, 6-1, while her sister defeated Kate Gaffney 6-0, 6-1.
Over the weekend Valerie outshined her sister taking the No. 2 singles championship at the Pine City Tourney. Ashley finished third.
"They've both played very well," said Pequot coach Mindi Brill. "They've played a lot this summer so they were ready to play right away.
"They give very few games away. They were having a contest to see who could lose the least amount of games."
After the tournament Ashley's record is 16-1. Her one loss came to Alli Ritts of Duluth Marshall. According to Brill those two have been fighting each other for the last three years.
"They've always played each other close," she said. "Last year Ashley beat her to get to state. That was a third set tie-breaker match."
Valerie is now 16-0. Nobody has taken the freshman to a third set. Brill said Valerie had a tough draw at the tournament, but breezed through the competition.
"For any other team Valerie would be playing No. 1 singles," said Brill. "I'm just lucky to have both of them."
Pequot might have one of the best one-two punches in the area. Last year, Ashley advanced to the Class A state tournament. Valerie advanced to the Section 7A individual singles tournament.
"I can count on those two every time," said Brill. "They expect to win, too. They realize that we count on them for wins. These girls provide the motivation for the rest of the team. They inspire the rest of the girls."
As if one season together isn't enough, the Meschkes also play on the same golf team. Their older sister Liz is on the Concordia golf team. They both play basketball, but don't look for the two to play together on the tennis court.
"No, the reason why is because both of them really prefer singles," said Brill. "The way their games are they're really more singles players. They'll play doubles, but they just prefer singles."
Other notable performances:
Volleyball -- Wadena-Deer Creek's Kerby Johnson finished with 24 kills and 13-of-16 serving with five aces to help the Wolverines to a 3-0 win over Sebeka on Sept. 4. Johnson added 24 more kills and two blocks in a 3-0 win over Park Rapids on Sept. 6.
Pillager's Jacki Stall finished 25-of-27 serving with eight aces, eight kills and two blocks in a 3-2 win over Pequot Lakes on Sept. 6.
Pierz's Kari Block finished 16-of-16 serving with 11 kills and 14 set assists in a 3-1 loss to Big Lake on Sept. 6. Block added 39 kills, 62 set assists and nine blocks at the Ogilvie tournament Sept. 8.
Mary Hasselberg of Staples-Motley knocked down 21 kills and recorded three blocks in a 3-1 win over Browerville on Sept. 6.
Verndale's Kayla White was 12-of-13 serving with 1 ace, 12 kills and seven blocks in a 3-2 loss to Henning on Sept. 6.
Tennis -- Emma Pipek of Staples-Motley was the No. 4 singles champion at the St. Cloud Apollo tournament Sept. 8.
Swimming -- Jessie Ylitalo of Little Falls won the 50- and 100-freestyle races and was part of the winning 400 free relay Sept. 6 against St. Cloud Apollo.
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