It has become a family rite - Play tennis, advance to state, be named Brainerd Dispatch athlete of the week.
Staples-Motley junior Abby Edin is the third Edin sibling to follow that path. Her brother Matt and sister Katie both accomplished those feats.
The Cardinals' No. 1 singles player improved to 21-5 with a victory Thursday against Pierz and won individual titles at the Litchfield Invite and Mid-State Conference tournament.
Class 1A's seventh-ranked player is enjoying a successful season and has her Cardinals ranked fourth in Class 1A.
Last Saturday she defeated sixth-ranked Katie Huber of St. Peter 6-2, 6-4 to win at Litchfield. In the semifinals she defeated Benson's Abby Fragodt, who entered the tournament unbeaten this season.
She won the No. 1 singles title at the conference tournament Sept. 17. It was her fifth conference title.
"It definitely helps me to see the competition and know I have played some of the best girls in the state," said Edin. "I know I can do well against them."
Edin had a rough start, losing to players from Edina, Rochester Lourdes, Elk River and Mounds View.
Position: No. 1 singles
Key stat: Won the Litchfield tournament and Mid-State Conference individual titles
But she owns a strong desire to return to state and improve on last year's performance. She worked on her consistency, serve and forehand last offseason. She also has a better attitude, meaning she doesn't get down on herself like last year.
"My main goal is to do well at state," said Edin, who plays softball and is a member of the band, choir and her church youth group. "I really wanted to have fun and be a good role model for the girls on our team. I want them to still love playing tennis when I'm gone."
Edin advanced to her second individual state tournament last season and her third team tournament
She defeated Carli Sandahl of Thief River Falls 6-3, 6-1 in the opening round of the Class 1A singles tournament.
The then-sophomore lost to Courtney Rusk of Rochester Lourdes 6-2, 6-3. Rusk went on to the state finals before losing to teammate Alexa Palen.
In the state team tournament, Edin helped the Cardinals beat Virginia 6-1 with a 7-5, 6-0 victory over Amanda Arbogast at No. 2 singles.
She lost to Taylor Washington of Mounds Park Academy in the semifinals before rebounding in the third-place match with a 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 win over Crookston's Hayley Myrold. S-M beat Crookston 5-2 for third.
"Last year's state tournament definitely motivated me because I wanted to do better," said Edin. "I know that in certain situations I could have done better. That made me work even harder."
Other notable performances:
Cross country: Naomi Landecker, Staples-Motley, won the Grand Rapids Invite in 15:07.
Tennis: Skye Coughlin, Emma Koskiniemi, Hallie Denning and Savannah Hill, Staples-Motley, won Mid-State Conference titles.
Volleyball: Katie Wangberg, Pine River-Backus, had 34 set assists, 11 digs, 9 blocks, 3 kills and 1 ace serve against Sebeka.
Kirsten Noska, Pequot Lakes, finished with 14 kills, 10 set assists, 9 digs, one block and an ace serve against Park Rapids.
Brooke Simonson, Staples-Motley, had 36 set assists, 8 kills, 5 digs and an ace serve against Crosby-Ironton.
Emily Mehr, Aitkin, finished with 15 digs, 12 kills, 10 ace serves and two blocks against Pillager.
Brigetta Berg, Wadena-Deer Creek, had 21 digs, 17 kills and six blocks against Detroit Lakes.
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