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Lakers girls’ tennis team had a good 2020 season

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The Minnewaska girls’ tennis team was able to enjoy a fairly normal season despite Covid wreaking havoc on some programs. It was another successful season for the girls’ program and head coach Tara Reichmann.   

August 27 @ Montevideo

Montevideo 4 Minnewaska 3

One of the toughest matches of the season came right away for the Lakers as they traveled to Montevideo in late August.

Minnewaska won the opening set in five of the seven matches, but would go on to win just three of those five as the Thunder Hawks made off with a 4-3 win. Minnewaska’s three wins came from the #2, #3 and #4 singles players.

The win for Montevideo put them in the driver’s seat for the WCC title as each team expected to win the remainder of their conference matches.

September 1 @ Minnewaska

Minnewaska 7 LQPV 0

The first win of the season for the girls’ tennis team came on the first day of September in a home match against LQPV. The Lakers rolled to a 7-0 win with no sets lost. Leah Hagen didn’t lose a point at #4 singles, winning 6-0, 6-0.

September 3 @ Minnewaska

Minnewaska 7 Sauk Centre 0

As dominating as the Lakers were against LQPV, they were even more so two days later against Sauk Centre. Minnewaska didn’t drop a point in three matches. Maddie Thorfinnson at #3 singles, Olivia Richards and Annika Randt at #1 doubles and the #3 doubles team of Grace Jensen and Olivia Bleick all won by 6-0, 6-0 scores.   

September 8 @ Granite Falls

Minnewaska 7 YME 0

Minnewaska won without dropping a set for the third match in a row, dispatching YME on the Sting’s home courts.

Annika Randt and Maddie Thorfinnson won their #1 doubles match without losing a single point.

September 10 @ Minnewaska

Minnewaska 6 Melrose 1

The Lakers’ girls tennis team defeated Melrose, but for the first time in three matches the opponent managed to win a team point.

Alissa Thorfinnson, Olivia Richards and Leah Hagen each won in straight sets by 6-0, 6-1 scores.

September 15 @ Clara City

Minnewaska 7 MACCRAY 0

The Minnewaska girls were on the road for a non-conference match against MACCRAY. The Lakers won their fifth match in a row and once again did it without losing a point. The #3 doubles team of Grace Jensen and Olivia Bleick had a good battle, eventually winning 7-6, 6-4.

September 18 @ Osakis

Osakis 6 Minnewaska 1

In recent years the toughest match of the season for the Lakers was their date with Osakis. The winner usually went on to win the section title. Minnewaska had been winning in recent years but in 2020 the Silverstreaks came out on top.

The only Lakers to win a match was #1 doubles duo of Olivia Richards and Maddie Thorfinnson, winning by scores of 6-0, 6-2.

September 22 @ Morris

Minnewaska 7 Morris 0

Minnewaska took on Morris on the Tigers’ home courts in what would turn out to be the first of three matches with their rivals to the west.

The Lakers won all seven matches but the Randt sisters, playing at #2 and #3 singles, had to go to three sets to finish off their Tiger opponents.

September 24 @ Minnewaska

Minnewaska 6 Benson 1

The Lakers ended their regular season with a win over Benson. Annika Randt won, 6-0, 6-0, at #3 singles while the tandem of Maddie Thorfinnson and Olivia Richards at #1 doubles had one of the toughest matches of the year. The Lakers’ duo lost the first set, 7-6, then bounced back to win the second set, 6-2, to force a third set tie-breaker, which they won, 10-5.

Minnewaska closed the regular season in second place in the West Central Conference, behind Montevideo.

September 29 @ Minnewaska

WCC semifinals

Minnewaska 6 Morris 1

The West Central Conference tournament was a four-team event, with Montevideo earning the #1 seed and the Lakers seeded #2. The first round pitted Minnewaska against Morris. The two teams had met just seven days earlier.

Morris faired slightly better in the rematch as the Tigers forced three matches to go all three sets, but the Lakers still advanced to the finals with their 7-0 victory. Addy Randt won her #2 singles match without dropping a point. 

October 1 @ Montevideo

WCC finals

Minnewaska 5 Montevideo 2

The girls’ tennis team earned a rematch with Montevideo in the finals of the WCC tourney. The two teams had met in the first match of the season and now were set to meet at the end of the WCC calendar.

The Lakers once again started fast, as they did in the first match. But the difference was the Lakers finished off those fast starts on their way to a 5-2 victory. Addy Randy, Annika Randt and Leah Hagen won in singles play while Maddie Thorfinnson and Olivia Richards won easliy at #1 doubles, as did the #3 doubles tandem of Grace Jensen and Olivia Bleick.

October 6 @ Minnewaska

Section 6A quarterfinals

Minnewaska 7 YME 0

The Minnewaska girls’ tennis team opened their defense of the Section 6A team title in early October with a match against YME. The weather was perfect and the Lakers nearly were, too, as the Sting were never able to get more than one point in any set over the course of seven matches.

All three Minnewaska doubles teams won by 6-0, 6-0 scores. The win put Minnewaska into the section semifinals.

October 8 @ Minnewaska

Section 6A semifinals

Minnewaska 6 Morris 1

Minnewaska and Morris squared off for the third time in the 2020 season. After taking the first two matches by 7-0 scores, the Tigers broke through in one match but still lost, 6-1. Annika Randt and Leah Hagen won by 6-0, 6-0 scores as the Lakers advanced to the section championship game.

October 13 @ Osakis

Section 6A finals

Osakis 6 Minnewaska 1

The Minnewaska girls’ tennis team arrived at the final match of the season, the Section 6A championship match, opposite the team they knew all along they would face. The Lakers and Silverstreaks would compete for the Section 6A title, as they had last year and many other past years.

Osakis had dominated the first meeting, played almost a month earlier. The Silverstreaks hosted the title match and were just as dominant, winning by the same 6-1 score as the previous match.

The Lakers lone team point was won by the #1 doubles team of Maddie Thorfinnson and Olivia Richards. The duo had gone through the entire season without a loss, an impressive feat.

Minnewaska finished off the 2020 season with a runner-up finish in the section and a runner-up finish in the WCC regular season, but they won the WCC tournament. Overall the Lakers were 11-3 on the season, capping another very good year for the Minnewaska girls’ tennis team.

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