Girls tennis | Lourdes to state for 20th consecutive year
The Rochester Lourdes girls tennis team, ranked No. 3 in the state in Class A, qualified for its 20th consecutive state tournament on Monday.
The Eagles swept Lake City 7-0 in the section 1A semifinals, then held off Cannon Falls in the finals by a score of 4-3.
Lourdes won the top three singles matches against Cannon Falls and also won at No. 2 doubles, with the team of Natalie Allison and Molly Belda defeating McKenna Bauer and Grace Rutter 6-2, 6-2.
Lourdes will play the section 7A champion Oct. 27 at 8 a.m. at Reed-Sweat Tennis Center.
Individual sectionals begin today at 10 a.m. at Kutzky Park. Playing singles for Lourdes will be Candela Fernandez Rodriquez and Molly Belda, and in doubles, the Eagles will be represented by the teams of Clare Palen/Rachel Kamath and Sydney Allison/Ellen Gorman.
Section 1A semifinals
Lourdes 7, Lake City 0 Singles:Clare Palen (L) def. Grace Dankers 6-0,6-0; Rachel Kamath (L) def. Emily Albright 6-1,6-1; Candela Fernadez Rodriquez (L) def. Kasi Cronin 6-0,6-2; Kate McGlinch (L) def. Emma Brunkow 6-0, 6-0. Doubles:Sydney Allison/Ellen Gorman (L) def. Ava Wallerich/Ashley Thieren 6-3, 7-5; Natalie Allison/Molly Benda (L) def. Alison Moechnig/Katie Johnson 6-0,6-0; Anna Clayton/Catherine Patel (L) def. Samantha Henning/Morgan Schreck 6-1, 6-1. Section 1A finals Lourdes 4, Cannon Falls 3 Singles:Clare Palen (L) def. Delanie Otto 6-1, 6-0; Rachel Kamath (L) def. Molly Rolfes 6-1,6-3; Candela Fernandez Rodriquez (L) def. Bethany Nelson 6-2, 6-1; Mia Holscher (CF) def. Kate McGlinch 6-4,6-3. Doubles:Maddie Adel/Sarah Modrak (CF) def. Sydney Allison/Ellen Gorman 5-7,7-6(3), 10-5; Natalie Allison/Molly Belda (L) def. McKenna Bauer/Grace Rutter 6-2, 6-2; Lily French/Taylor Jackson (CF) def. Anna Clayton/Catherine Patel 2-6,6-3,6-2