MINNEAPOLIS - The Staples-Motley Cardinals will play for the consolation championship after splitting two dual meets in the Class 1A state tournament Tuesday at the Reed Sweatt Tennis Center at the University of Minnesota.
S-M, ranked third in 1A, lost 6-1 to defending champion Rochester Lourdes in the quarterfinals. The No. 3 doubles team of Kelly Hagenson-Annie Gillespie scored the Cardinals' only victory against fourth-ranked Lourdes.
"Rochester Lourdes is a very good team and they have a really good program that bounces back every year," Cardinal coach Kevin Coughlin said. "I think the girls did a great job of hanging close to them and (Lourdes was) just better today.
"Coming off the loss we did a great job of rebounding in the next match to beat a tough Benson team."
In the consolation semifinals the Cardinals recorded a 5-2 win over Benson/Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg.
Thanks to Abby Edin, Skye Coughlin, Andrea Koskiniemi and Mikayla Wing, the Cardinals swept the singles matches from Benson/K-M-S. S-M's team of Caitlin Robinson-Emma Koskiniemi won the No. 1 doubles match.
• Staples-Motley (Section 6-1A) and Pequot Lakes (7-1A) were Class 1A Gold academic winners (team grade-point average of 3.75-4.0.) Class 1A Silver winners (3.5 to 3.74 GPA) included Aitkin (7-1A), Pierz (7-1A) and Wadena-Deer Creek (8-1A).
Rochester Lourdes 6, Staples Motley 1
No. 1: Courtney Rust (RL) def. Abby Edin 6-4, 6-3
No. 2: Margaret Pearson (RL) def. Skye Coughlin 6-2, 6-0
No. 3: Brittany Alexander (RL) def. Andrea Koskiniemi, 6-2, 6-2
No. 4: Sofia Terzic (RL) def. Mikayla Wing 6-2, 6-2.
No. 1: Kristen Brandhagen-Veronica Grande (RL) def. Caitlin Robinson-Emma Koskiniemi, 6-0, 6-2
No. 2: Megan Jans-Annie Wente (RL) def. Ashley Lisson-Savanna Hill, 3-6, 6-2, 7-5
No. 3: Kelly Hagenson-Annie Gillespie (SM) def. Lucy Hansen-Rachel Morice, 6-1, 6-3
Staples-Motley 5, Benson/K-M-S 2
No. 1: Abby Edin (SM) def. Abby Fragodt, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4)
No. 2: Skye Coughlin (SM) def. Catherine James, 6-0, 7-5.
No. 3: Andrea Koskiniemi (SM) def. Lauren Alsaker, 6-4, 6-3.
No. 4: Mikayla Wing (SM) def. Sara Rajewsky, B, 6-0, 6-0.
No. 1: Caitlin Robinson-Emma Koskiniemi (SM) def. Chelsey Goff-Cassandra Johnson, 6-3, 7-5
No. 2: Ginger Breen-Hillary Wilts (BKMS) def. Ashley Lisson-Savanna Hill, 7-5, 4-6, 6-4
No. 3: Datriana Jensen-Amber Wadsworth (BKMS) def. Kelly Hagenson-Annie Gillespie, 7-5, 6-3
Overall: SM 10-6. Next: Staples-Motley vs. St. James/Roseau winner for consolation championship at noon Wednesday at Reed Sweatt Tennis Center.
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