Top-ranked St. Cloud Tech stopped Thief River Falls 6-1 Friday in the Section 8AA girls high school tennis team tournament semifinals.
The Tigers followed with a 7-0 championship match victory over Brainerd, a 4-3 semifinal winner over Willmar.
Thief River Falls’ lone win against Tech came at No. 3 doubles, where senior Allie Okeson and junior Josie Davis outlasted juniors Courtney Donnely and Natalie Kuntz 5-7, 7-6 (4), 11-9.
“We played okay, not great,” said Thief River Falls coach Matt Okeson. “Girls battled hard, but ran into a team that has very good athletes who play tennis well.”
The rest of the Prowlers’ line-up featured junior Karryn Leake, No. 1 singles; junior Kira Beier, No. 2 singles; sophomore Hailey Kvick, No. 3 singles; freshman Bella Nelson, No. 4 singles; senior Kora Torkelson and freshman Khloe Lund, No. 1 doubles; seniors Callie Fagerstrom and Shawna Spears, No. 2 doubles.
“They (Tech) have a great team,” said Okeson. “Our goal was to make sure they knew they were playing a very good team from Thief River Falls. The girls did that. We had a very good start, but the Tech girls were just too much. They play a very tough schedule and see teams like us almost every time out.”
While the Prowlers had only four seniors in their ten-player tournament line-up, the Tigers started just two upperclassmen.
Section 8AA team qualifiers advanced from North and South bracket competition.
Courts Plus in Fargo, N.D., hosted the Friday matches.
It was a 19-4 dual meet season for the Prowlers.
“As a coaching staff we felt that again, we raised the level of play again this year, and that’s always fun to see as a program continues to grow,” noted Okeson. “We say goodby to 14 seniors this year who have been the foundation of this program for the past few years.”
St. Cloud Tech 6, TRF 1
Singles – 1. Taylor Tarrolly (Tech) def. Karryn Leake 6-0, 6-0; 2. Katelyn Tarrolly (Tech) def. Kira Beier 6-0, 6-0; 3. Ashley Tarrolly (Tech) def. Hailey Kvick 6-0, 6-0; 4. Kate Inderieden (Tech) def. Bella Nelson 6-1, 6-2.
Doubles – 1. Rebekah Zwiener-Anne Bowe (Tech) def. Kora Torkelson-Khloe Lund 6-1, 6-0; 2. Kelsey Kline-Natalie Peterson (Tech) def. Callie Fagerstrom-Shawna Spears 7-6 (1), 6-1; 3. Allison Okeson-Josie Davis (TRF) def. Courtney Donnelly-Natalie Kuntz 5-7, 7-6 (4), 11-9.