Blake knocks out Mayo in state semis

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Oct. 27—MINNEAPOLIS — Mayo was dealt a surprisingly one-sided blow on Wednesday morning, losing 6-1 to Blake in the Class AA girls tennis tournament semifinals at the University of Minnesota's Baseline Tennis Center.

Mayo had entered the dual as the tournament's No. 2 seed, while Blake was seeded third.

Factoring in heavily to the Spartans' loss were injuries incurred during their semifinal matches by Mayo No. 1 singles player Claire Loftus and No. 4 singles player Nandini Iyer. Both had to retire from their matches, giving Blake two free points.

Mayo's only win came at No. 3 doubles, where Jorden Ruskell and Malea Diehn combined to win 6-2, 6-2.

Loftus had split sets when she had to retire and Nandini was leading 6-3, 4-3 when she had to call it quits.

—Mayo followed up that loss by getting beat by No. 4 seed Mounds View, 5-2. Neither Loftus nor Iyer were able to play, leaving the Spartans shorthanded.

Mayo finished its season 21-3 overall.

SEMIFINALS

Blake 6, Mayo 1

Singles: Bella Suk (B) def. Claire Loftus 4-6, 6-3 (retired); Allyson Jay (B) def. Sutton Julsrud 6-1, 6-4; Nana Vang (B) def. Aoife Loftus 3-6, 6-2, 6-4; Fatemeh Van (B) def. Nandini Iyer 3-6, 3-4 (retired). Doubles: Annabelle Swigert/Ellie Nixon (B) def. Charlotte Colby/Keely Ryder 7-6 (7-2), 6-2; Nina Bush/Lilly Anderson (B) def. Audrey Aney/Ella Dozois 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 Jorden Ruskell/Malea Diehn (M) def. Audrey Anderson/Lilli Haselhorst 6-2, 6-2.

THIRD PLACE

Mounds View 5, Mayo 2

Singles: Sutton Julsrud (Mayo) def. Molly Austin 6-0, 6-0; Katerina Smiricinschi (MV) def. Aoife Loftus 2-6, 7-5, 10-5; Rory Wahlstrand (MV) def. Malea Diehn 6-4, 4-6, 10-5; Isabella Myrland (MV) def. Ava Khan 6-4, 6-2. Doubles: Amanda Diao/Shaw Crockarell (MV) def. Jorden Ruskell/Audrey Aney 2-6, 6-3, 10-7; Keely Ryder/Ella Dozois (Mayo) def. Emma Sun/Avery Schifsky 6-4, 6-2; Emily Aman/Annabelle Huang (MV) def. Diane Meunier/Charlotte Colby 6-1, 6-0.

Lourdes finishes fifth

Lourdes finished the team portion of its season with a 5-2 win over Pine City for fifth place in the Cass A tournament at Reed-Sweatt Tennis Center.

Lourdes was ranked No. 2 going into the tournament, while Pine City was No. 3.

The Eagles swept the singles. Ryann Witter, Ana Medina, Caroline Daly and Erin Witter all straight-sets winners. Lourdes also was a winner at No. 1 doubles, where Elyse Palen and Taylor Elliott won in three sets.

Lourdes led off the tournament against No. 1-ranked Breck, losing 5-2.

Lourdes finished its season 17-5 overall.

Lourdes 5, Pine City 2

Singles: Ryann Witter (L) def. Ella Sell 6-3, 6-4; Ana Medina (L) def. Addison Sell 6-1, 6-0; Caroline Daly (L) def. Brooke Boland 6-2, 6-0; Erin Witter (L) def. Lena Roubinek 6-4, 6-4. Doubles: Elyse Palen/Taylor Elliott (L) def. Madisen Berglund/Allison Unverzagt 3-6, 6-4, 10-7; Claire Emmons/Youngbauer Brenna (PC) 6-4, 6-1; Malia Mikyska/Rhaya Merrick (PC) def. Molly Suino/Taylor Seelhammer 6-0, 6-0.

(Reed-Sweatt Tennis Center)

QUARTERFINALS

Tuesday, Oct. 26

Fairmont 7, Morris-MAC0-WCA 0

Breck 5, Lourdes 2

Litchfield 4, Pine City 3

Providence Academy 5, Crookston 2

LOSERS BRACKET

Tuesday, Oct. 26

Lourdes 6, Morris 1

Pine City 6, Crookston 1

SEMIFINALS

Wednesday, Oct. 27

Breck 7, Fairmont 0

Litchfield 6, Providence Academy 1

FIFTH PLACE

Wednesday, Oct. 27

Lourdes 5, Pine City 2

THIRD PLACE

Wednesday, Oct. 27

No. 6 Fairmont vs. No. 10 Providence Academy, 2 p.m.

CHAMPIONSHIP

Wednesday, Oct. 27

No. 1 Breck vs. No. 4 Litchfield, 4 p.m.

STATE CLASS AA

(U of M's Baseline Tennis Center)

QUARTERFINALS

Tuesday, Oct. 26

Minnetonka 7, Simley 0

Mounds View 4, Elk River 3

Mayo 7, Bemidji 0

Blake 4, Maple Grove 3

LOSERS BRACKET

Tuesday, Oct. 26

Elk River 7, Simley 0

Maple Grove 5, Bemidji 2

SEMIFINALS

Wednesday, Oct. 27

Minnetonka 7, Mounds View 0

Blake 6, Mayo 1

FIFTH PLACE

Wednesday, Oct. 27

Maple Grove 4, Elk Rivers 3

THIRD PLACE

Wednesday, Oct. 27

Mounds View 5, Mayo 2

CHAMPIONSHIP

Wednesday, Oct. 27

Minnetonka 6, Blake 1

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