by Scott DCamp
Thief River Falls is on to the Section 8AA semifinal round after posting a pair of 8AA North Subsection wins Thursday at Choice Health and Fitness in Grand Forks.
The second-seeded Prowlers opened subsection play with a 7-0 shutout win over Fergus Falls and they advanced to next week’s semifinal round with a 5-2 quarterfinal win over Alexandria.
The opening round win against Fergus Falls was arguably Thief River Falls’ most dominant of the 2018 season. The Prowlers won all seven matches in straight sets and, with few exceptions, the set scores weren’t close.
Thief River Falls got singles wins from Hailey Kvick, Ava Yuska, Emma Fagerstrom and Brooklyn Broadwell, with none allowing an opponent to win more than two games in a given set.
Things were a little closer on the doubles side. The number one doubles team of Bela Nelson and Khloe Lund won the first set over Ellie Colbeck and Kailyn Richey 6-1, but needed a tiebreaker to win the second set 7-6.
Fergus Falls also challenged for a win in the number three doubles match, with Hannah Magnusson and Breanna Wienen holding off Olivia Kaliher and Carlie Meis 6-4, 6-3.
Rounding out the doubles play was a 6-0, 6-1 win by Brea Prickett and Brooklyn Brouse over Ellissa Lee/Ava Weber of Fergus Falls.
Thief River Falls Head Coach Fabian Tunberg said Fergus Falls changed its lineup a bit and put some of its stronger players in the doubles. That gave the Prowlers more favorable singles match-ups.
“Against Fergus we rolled through and played with some confidence,” Tunberg said. “Against Alexandria, our girls came out firing.”
Thief River Falls was already up 3-0 when the number one doubles, and one and two singles matches were underway after picking wins from Emma Fagerstrom over Annie Harding 6-3, 6-4 in the three singles match; Brea Prickett and Brooklyn Brouse over Joria Downey and Kaylee Svee 6-4, 6-4 in number two doubles; and Hannah Magnusson and Breanna Wienen over Taylor Sayre and Whitly Netland 6-2, 6-4 in the three doubles match.
Moments after the final three matches began, Thief River Falls’ Brooklyn Broadwell clinched a dual meet win with a 6-3, 6-4 match win over Alexandria’s Sarah Jiang in the number four singles match.
With a spot in the semifinals already clinched, the Prowlers picked up a doubles win from Lund and Nelson.
Alexandria picked up its wins in the top two singles spots.
“Our doubles teams played aggressive and smart, and stayed composed,” Tunberg noted.
Next up for Thief River Falls is a match-up against Foley, the south subsection’s top-seeded team.
“They are strong at all seven spots,” Tunberg said. “They are well-coached and have smart doubles play. Right now they are the top team in our section. We are the underdog but we are capable of knocking them off.”
Thief River Falls 7, Fergus Falls 0
Singles – No. 1: Hailey Kvick, TRF, def. Renee Scheving 6-1, 6-2; No. 2: Ava Yuska, TRF, def. Elisabeth Houge 6-1, 6-2; No. 3: Emma Fagerstrom, TRF, def. Mia Marsh 6-2, 6-0; No. 4: Brooklyn Broadwell, TRF, def. Leila Nasri 6-0, 6-1.
Doubles – No. 1: Bela Nelson/Khloe Lund, TRF, def. Ellie Colbeck/Kailyn Richey 6-1, 7-6; No. 2: Brea Prickett/Brooklyn Brouse, TRF, def. Ellissa Lee/Ava Weber 6-0, 6-1; No. 3: Hannah Magnusson/Breanna Wienen, TRF, def. Olivia Kaliher/Carlie Meis 6-4, 6-3.
Thief River Falls 5, Alexandria 2
Singles – No. 1: Brianna Holm, Alexandria, def. Hailey Kvick 6-2, 6-0; No. 2: Laura Wilmesmeier, Alexandria, def. Ava Yuska 6-2, 6-1; No. 3: Emma Fagerstrom, TRF, def. Annie Harding 6-3, 6-4; No. 4: Brooklyn Broadwell, TRF, def. Sarah Jiang 6-3, 6-4.
Doubles – No. 1: Khloe Lund/Bela Nelson, TRF, def. Madison Ressemann/Abigail Sater 6-2, 7-5; No. 2: Brea Prickett/Brooklyn Brouse, TRF, def. Joria Downey/Kaylee Svee 6-4, 6-4; No. 3: Hannah Magnusson/Breanna Wienen, TRF, def. Taylor Sayre/Whitly Netland 6-2, 6-4.