MINNEAPOLIS -- While she's still alive, Jacque Peterson won't have the Class 1A state tennis tournament title she had hoped for.
Neither will the doubles team of Val Meschke and Kayla Lenz of Pequot Lakes.
Peterson, a senior singles player from Staples-Motley, lost to Alexa Palen of Rochester Lourdes 6-0, 6-3 Friday in the opening round at the Nicollet Tennis Club.
"The match against Palen was much closer than the score indicates," said Staples-Motley coach Sarah Larson. "Many points went to deuce and Jacque was unable to finish. Alexa may be a better tennis player than her older sister Alyssa, who is also in the tournament. She definitely will be in a couple of years."
Peterson did, however, advance to the consolation semifinals with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Heather Schoenberg of Melrose.
There she will face junior Kelly Freese from St. Cloud Cathedral.
"Jacque played very well (Friday), but will need to step up her play even more," said Larson. "Freese has very good fundamentals and will be a very good test for Jacque and it should be exciting to watch."
The winner will play either Lindsey Erickson (Pine City) or Stephanie Biehn (Martin County West). Peterson defeated Erickson earlier this season, while Biehn was defeated in the opening round by the Section 8, Class 1A individual runner-up to Peterson, Kelly Gust of East Grand Forks.
Peterson's record is now 30-4.
The duo of Meschke-Lenz also lost in the opening round to Jacqueline Noah-Lindsey Johnson of Crookston 1-6, 7-5, 6-3.
"We came out strong and we capitalized on some of Crookston's mistakes," said Pequot coach Monica Sergent. "As we progressed into the match, Crookston started playing better and making fewer mistakes. We weren't able to put away some of the points that we needed to."
In the consolation quarterfinals they eliminated Katie Morrill-Megan Moller of Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 6-3, 6-1.
"The girls put themselves together during the break and came back with a very positive attitude and were determined to play as well as they could," said Sergent. "Long Prairie had a very strong net game and good serves, but we were able to do very well with our serve return and kept them off the net for the most part. That was a big key to our success in that match.
"Val and Kayla seemed to talk a little better and play with more confidence. Afterward they realized they had gotten a win at state, which is a first for anyone from our program."
The two will face Kristen Erickson and Jesse Mueller of New London-Spicer in the consolation semifinals Saturday.
"We certainly have respect for their skills," Sergent said. "They play with a similar style to some other teams that we've done well against in the past. If we play well then we should be able to be successful."
Meschke-Lenz own a 9-2 record.
Class 1A singles
Opening round -- Alexa Palen (Rochester Lourdes) def. Jacque Peterson 6-0, 6-3
Consolation quarterfinal -- Peterson def. Heather Schoenberg (Melrose) 6-2, 6-4
Consolation semifinals -- Peterson vs. Kelly Freese (St. Cloud Cathedral) 8 a.m. at the Nicollet Tennis Club in Minneapolis
Class 1A doubles
Opening-round --Jacqueline Noah-Lindsey Johnson (Crookston) def. Val Meschke-Kayla Lenz 1-6, 7-5, 6-3
Consolation quarterfinal -- Meschke-Lenz def. Katie Morrill-Megan Moller (Long Prairie-Grey Eagle) 6-3, 6-1
Consolation semifinal Meschke-Lenz vs. Kristen Erickson Erickson-Jesse Mueller (New London-Spicer) 8 a.m. at the Nicollet Tennis Club in Minneapolis
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