by Scott DCamp
The Thief River Falls girls tennis team made its second trip to the Twin Cities metro so far in 2019 and the Prowlers came away with a pair of wins to extend their winning streak to six matches.
The weekend began with the team’s annual stop at Becker High School, where the Thief River Falls battled to a 4-3 win over Becker in the varsity dual, and the JV added a 10-2 decision.
“Varsity had the closest match of the season,” said Head Coach Fabian Tunberg. “Every match was close all the way through.”
Thief River Falls won the first set in four of the seven matches. Becker countered by winning the second set in six of the seven matches, including the number three and four singles matches to take a 2-0 lead in the dual. Becker’s Maddie Moe and Ayla Brown beat Brooklyn Broadwell and Trista Spears in straight sets, respectively.
Thief River Falls’ only straight-set win came in the number one doubles match, where Khloe Lund and Bell Nelson defeated Alayna Lindquist and Julia Bengtson.
Ava Yuska won a third set tiebreaker over Anna Ritchie at number two singles to tie the dual 2-2.
Becker’s Courtney Nvest won the number one singles match in straight sets over Emma Fagerstrom to give Becker a 3-2 lead with two matches still in progress.
The two remaining matches were both in third set tiebreakers. The number two doubles team of Brea Prickett and Gabby Steele fought off a match point trailing 8-9 in the third set tiebreaker, and rallied for an 11-9 win over Jackie Young/Jazlyn Taylor that tied the dual 3-3.
The number three doubles team of Brooklyn Brouse/Abby Flaagan was tied 6-6 in its third set tiebreaker against Halle Murphy and Rachel Schultz. Brouse/Flaagan won four of the final five points to claim the set and match, while clinching the dual meet win.
Saturday, the Thief River Falls varsity team was back in action at the Princeton Quadrangular, while the JV played in a quadrangular against perennial state powers Blake, Minnetonka and Edina. The varsity team beat Rogers 5-2, with singles wins from Broadwell and Spears, and doubles wins from Lund/Nelson, Prickett/Steele and Brouse/Ciera Kotaska. Thief River Falls’ remaining varsity matches against Princeton and Andover were both rained out.
The Thief River Falls JV team entered the weekend with a 6-0-2 record on the season. The Prowlers beat Becker on Friday night and fell to Blake and Minnetonka, before getting rained out against Edina on Saturday.
“We saw the best of the best and I hope our girls want to get to that level now that they saw what it looks like,” Tunberg said. “Very proud of this team.”
Thief River Falls 4, Becker 3
Singles – Courtney Nvest (B) def. Emma Fagerstrom 6-3, 6-4; Ava Yuska (TRF) def. Anna Ritchie 6-4, 3-6, 10-7; Maddie Moe (B) def. Brooklyn Broadwell 6-4, 6-3; Ayla Brown (B) def. Trista Spears 6-2, 6-3.
Doubles – Khloe Lund/Bela Nelson (TRF) def. Alayna Lindquist/Julia Bengtson 7-5, 6-2; Brea Prickett/Gabby Steele (TRF) def. Jackie Young/Jazlyn Toedter 6-4, 4-6, 11-9; Brooklyn Brouse/Abby Flaagan (TRF) def. Halle Murphy, Rachel Schultz 6-4, 6-7 (6-8) 10-7.
Thief River Falls 5, Rogers 2
Singles – Abby R. Johnson (R) def. Emma Fagerstrom 6-3, 6-1; Abby E. Johnson (R) def. Ava Yuska 6-3, 6-1; Brooklyn Broadwell (TRF) def. Allie Hatcher 6-3, 6-1; Trista Spears (TRF) def. Bela Hoffarth 4-6, 7-6, 10-7.
Doubles – Khloe Lund/Bela Nelson (TRF) def. Emma Rooks/Anna Luksik 6-4, 6-2; Brea Prickett/Gabby Steele (TRF) def. Raegan Kimblek/Elizabeth Stickler 7-5, 7-5; Ciera Kotaska/Brooklyn Brouse (TRF) def. Audrey Meyer/Paige Chmura 6-1, 5-7, 10-4.