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Another upset: Lourdes in state tennis finals

MINNEAPOLIS — Reminder: Never count out the Rochester Lourdes girls tennis team this time of year.

The No. 6-ranked Eagles have done it again, pushing their way into the state Class A championship. After scoring their second upset in as many days, Lourdes will take on No. 1 ranked Blake at 4 p.m. today in the championship at Reed-Sweatt Tennis Center.

Lourdes, the defending state champion, got there by beating No. 2 ranked St. James 4-3 on Wednesday morning. On Tuesday, the Eagles upended No. 3 ranked Waseca 5-2.

Delivering singles wins against St. James were Margaret Pearson, Sofia Terzic (three sets) and Lucy Hansen. In doubles, Lourdes' winners were Kristen Brandhagen and Rachel Kamath (two tie-breakers).

Lourdes is now 15-5 overall.

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Semifinals

Lourdes 4, St. James 3

Singles: Margaret Pearson (L) def. Paige Olson 6-3, 6-2; Sofia Terzic (L) def. Aryn Eckstrom 3-6, 6-2, 7-5; Lorenza Hernandez (SJ) def. Kayley Josephs 6-2, 3-6, 6-4; Lucy Hansen (L) def. Acacia Foss 6-4, 6-0. Doubles:Kristen Brandhagen/Rachel Kamath (L) def. Julia Runge/Michaela Nordby 7-6 (7-2), 7-6 (7-5); Michaela Nelson/Megan Lahti (SJ) def. Rachel Morice/Jessica Alexander 6-4, 6-3; Sarah Durheim/Morgan Rankin (SJ) def. Sydney Allison/Grace Gorman 6-2, 6-1.

 

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