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Spartans finally top Lourdes

Mayo downs Lourdes for first time in 10 years

If it’s true that No. 2 tries harder, then the girls from Rochester Mayo and Rochester Lourdes tennis teams were exerting some major effort Friday.

Mayo, the No. 2-ranked team in Class AA was host to the Eagles, who are ranked No. 2 in Class A. Mayo had not beaten Lourdes since 2001, though both teams have been among the best in the state over the past 10 years.

Both have been to the state tournament for the last nine years in a row.

But this time, it was Mayo. The Spartans won all three doubles matches and split the four singles matches to win 5-2. The No. 4 singles match between Mary Utz of Lourdes and Emily Lewis of Mayo was a thriller, said Mayo coach Jeff Demaray. Three times Lewis had match point, but Utz battled back and finally took the win.

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Mayo is 15-2 overall and heads into today’s Big Nine meet at the Outdoor Tennis Center.

Mayo 5, Lourdes 2

Singles — Alexa Palen (L) def. Caitlin Harper 6-1, 6-3; Annie Ryu (M) def. Courtney Rust 6-0, 6-3; Erin Kappers (M) def. Molly Noser 6-2, 6-1; Mary Utz (L) def. Emily Lewis 4-6, 7-5, 10-0. Doubles — Katie Nichols/Emilie Renault (M) def. Sarah Rossman/Kristin Pearson 6-3, 6-2; Laura Bond/Chelsea Loprinzi (M) def. Kelsey Koranda/Brittany Alexander 6-1, 6-0; Shannon Clark/Stephanie Housmans (M) def. Caitlin Alexander/Margaret Pearson 6-3, 6-3

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