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JM advances in section opener

Rochester John Marshall's tennis team advanced to the second round of the Section One, Class AA tennis tournament with a 5-2 win Tuesday over Rosemount at the Rochester Tennis Center.

The puts the Rockets back on the court again Thursday against the winner of the Northfield-Faribault match.

John Marshall won all four singles matches and lost two of three doubles matches by identical 6-3 scores.

John Marshall 5, Rosemount 2

Singles -- Joanna Mickelsen (JM) def. Kelly Borgen 6-1, 6-2; Anna Ritchie (JM) def. Koeri Sticel 6-1, 6-0; Kelsey Kircher (JM) def. Lucy Buguero 6-2, 6-0; Andrea Mock (JM) def. Nancy Newhouse 6-0, 6-2. Doubles -- Dana Sobczak/Natalie Hoover (JM) def. Anna Niszer/Shannon McGarry 6-3, 6-3; Dana Trauser/Sejal Raval (R) def. Marah Hoel/Aimee Ny 6-3, 6-3; Heidi Kowake/Steph Wangaman (R) def. Angie Delory/Allie Nickle 6-3, 6-3.

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Century ousted

Lakeville edged Rochester Century 4-3 Tuesday in the first round of the Section One, Class AA girls tennis tournament.

"Everything was there for us today: the conditions, the line-up, the energy," said first-year Century coach Joe Boyer, but "we just couldn't pull the trigger. I am really proud of the way the girls came out and played, however. From top to bottom, we really did play well. Their No. 3 and No. 4 singles players were just 'on' today."

Boyer credited Iris Cheung with playing a smart match, frustrating a solid player in Tracy Powell. "After the first set, she switched to Plan B, and her opponent didn't have (an) answer," Boyer said.

The loss ended Century's team season. The Class AA individual tennis tournament begins Oct. 10.

"I know the result wasn't exactly what the girls were hoping for today," Boyer said, "but they still should be proud of themselves. There were a lot of firsts for this year's Century tennis team and with the young talent that we have, we can only look forward to a bright future. We're building a solid program here."

Lakeville 4, Rochester Century 3

Singles -- Shannon Curran (L) def. Emily Rogers 6-1, 6-4; Iris Cheung (C) def. Tracy Powell 4-6, 6-1, 6-2; Jenna Brett (L) def. Isabella Fernandes (C) 6-2, 6-1; Kristina Lau (L) def. Grace Buckner 6-4, 7-5. Doubles -- Amy Benike/Ana Woodruff (C) def. Jennie Hunt/Amanda Wendorff 6-4, 6-4; Angie Sanders/Megan Holm (C) def. Kelsey Becker/Sarah Donner 7-5, 6-3; Kallie Larson/Anne Kreuser (L) def. Beth Hansen/Danielle Kleeberger 6-2, 6-1.

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Lourdes bombs Bombers

Rochester Lourdes made quick work of Cannon Falls at the Rochester Outdoor Tennis Center. The Eagles won all seven matches in straight sets.

Lourdes will wrap up the regular season in Hiawatha Valley League play Thursday at Winona Cotter.

Lourdes 7, Cannon Falls 0

Singles -- Jill Palen (L) def. Kristin Carnel 6-0, 6-0; Alyssa Palen (L) def. Katie Kusilek 6-2, 6-0; Erica Johnson (L) def. Whitney Schoep 6-0, 6-0; Rachel Tiegs (L) def. Andrea Swentik 6-2, 6-0. Doubles -- Natalie Scanlon/Courtney Kramer (L) def. Laura Hobert/Josie Louis 6-1, 6-2; Caela Baker/Carolyn Mullany (L) def. Molly Sjoquist/Meghann Hanson 6-1, 6-3; Erin O'Brien/Sarah Guzinski (L) def. Cassie Sauter/Rachel Thomas 6-0, 6-0.

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