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AUSTIN EDITION - Lyle/Pacelli loses close one

Nearly pulling off its first win of the season, the Lyle/Austin Pacelli girls tennis team came up just short in Monday's home meet against Martin County West.

All three Lyle/Pacelli victories came in singles play. However, L/P was unable to get a win in the doubles competition and lost the match 4-3.

"Their coach changed the lineup from the last time we played them and moved some players down in the order," L/P coach Suzy Hebrink said. "That led to a couple of easy wins for us in singles, but we couldn't get enough overall for a team win."

Anna Hebrink of L/P easily won her match at No. 1 singles with a pair of 6-0 games. Sammi Jones was also dominant at No. 2 singles with wins of 6-2 and 7-5.

Gretchen Hebrink continued the successful start for L/P with a three-game win at No. 3 singles. Hebrink won the opener 6-1, and then lost 6-3, before rebounding to take the match with a 6-3 win in the third set. Brittany Hovan lost by scores of love at No. 4 singles.

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L/P had a chance to turn the tide at No. 1 doubles and it was a close call. Livja Burke and Laura Christopherson lost 6-3 in the opening set. The second set went to a tiebreaker, with the L/P girls losing by a score of 7-6 (7-2).

The team of Jenni Fisher and Sara Larson lost 6-0, 6-0, at No. 2 doubles. In third doubles match, Marta Burke and Lizzie Gunter lost a couple of close sets at 6-3 and 6-4.

"This was a match we should've won, but we fell a little bit short," coach Hebrink said. "Our strokes are coming along good, but we're still a little weak on our mental game. That toughness will come with more practice."

L/P girls tennis (0-8) travels to Cannon Falls on Thursday.

Cotter slips past JM

It could have gone either way Monday at the Rochester Outdoor Tennis Center.

The only match that went to three sets between Rochester John Marshall and Winona Cotter proved to be the decisive one. Jennifer Miller of Cotter beat JM's Joanna Mickelsen 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 to help the Ramblers beat the Rockets 4-3 in non-conference girls tennis action.

"We almost pulled it out by sweeping the singles, but Joanna Mickelsen lost a tough three-setter at number one," said JM coach Tim Butorac. "Cotter has a nice team with strong doubles."

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Cotter emphasized Butorac's point by winning all three doubles matches in straight sets. The Rockets duplicated that feat at second, third and fourth singles.

Miller's victory at first singles provided the winning margin for Cotter.

JM is now 5-3 overall, 4-1 in the Big Nine. The Rockets travel to Faribault today.

Winona Cotter 4, John Marshall 3

Singles -- Jennifer Miller (WC) def. Joanna Mickelsen 5-7, 6-4, 6-4; Anna Ritchie (JM) def. Colette Flo 6-4, 6-0; Kelsey Kircher (JM) def. Sarah Leaf 6-2, 6-1; Andrea Mock (JM) def. Lindsey Blank 6-2, 6-2. Doubles -- Leah Troke/Natalie Meier (WC) def. Natalie Hoover/Dana Sobczak 6-3, 6-1; Heidi Anderson/Laura Thomas (WC) def. Marah Hoel/Aimee Ny 6-0, 6-3; Laura Leaf/Jenny Arnold (WC) def. Allie Nickel/Jo Bjerke 6-0, 6-0.

Mayo blitzes Eagan

The second-ranked Mayo Spartans rolled to a non-conference win in Eagan. Mayo's wins came in straight sets.

The only loss was at third doubles, where Katie Nichols and Lara Clark dropped a three-set match to Eagan's Megan Anderson and Terra Robertson.

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Mayo improved to 7-1 overall, 6-0 in the Big Nine. The Spartans travel to Winona today for a non-conference meet with Cotter.

mayo 6, eagan 1

Singles -- Caitlin Loprinzi (M) def. Iva Misarova 6-2, 6-1; Katie Carr (M) def. Alia Hussain 6-0, 6-0; Allison Bond (M) def. Megan Glass 6-2, 6-0; Elli Trousdale (M) def. Shaina Nachman 7-5, 6-0. Doubles -- Becky Johnson/ Rachael Click (M) def. Beth Kalb/Stephanie Collette 6-1, 6-1; Laura Grigoleit/ Leah Nichols (M) def. Michelle Collette/Kelly Craven 6-1, 6-4; Megan Anderson/Terra Robertson (E) def. Katie Nichols/Lara Clark 3-6, 6-4, 6-4.

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