The Yellow Medicine East girls tennis team started its season with an even performance in a road triangular on Monday at Luverne.
YME went 1-1 on the day, sweeping doubles matches en route to a 6-1 win over Pipestone Area Arrows, but fell 5-2 to the host Luverne Cardinals.
No. 3 singles player Britanna Raddatz was 2-0 for YME. Raddatz handled Pipestone's Tayla Sysavath calmly in a 6-4, 7-5 win. Her win against Luverne's McKenzi Wenninger took a touch more effort, however.
Wenninger and Raddatz traded shots in a marathon match, with Raddatz emerging after three sets 7-6 (7-4), 5-7, 14-12.
No. 1 doubles tandem Jordan Trotter and Sandy Bartels also went 2-0 for the Sting. Trotter and Bartels topped Pipestone's Abby Steffan and Sarah Woelber 6-3, 6-3 in their match, while also sweeping Brianna Erickson and Danielle Kneip, of Luverne, 6-3, 6-4.
YME (1-1 overall) is back on the court on Wednesday, when the Sting travel to Sauk Centre for their first West Central Conference match of the 2013 season.
YME 6, Pipestone Area 1
No. 1 - Veronica Johnson (PA) def. Danielle Clarke 6-4, 6-4.
No. 2 - Jordan Glad (YME) def. Nicole Scotting 7-6 (7-5), 6-4
No. 3 - Britanna Raddatz (YME) def. Tayla Sysavath 6-4, 7-5
No. 4 - Anne Clarke (YME) def. Lauren Capthorn 6-1, 6-1
No. 1 - Jordan Trotter and Sandy Bartels (YME) def. Abby Steffan and Sarah Woelber 6-3, 6-3
No. 2 - Mariah Norell and Stephanie Bartels (YME) def. Maya Bledsoe and Tori Van Essen 6-1, 6-1
No. 3 - Sophie Timm and Nikki Musselman (YME) def. Rachel Skyberg and Kirsten Houg 6-3, 6-2
Luverne 5, YME 2
No. 1 - Paige Adams (L) def. Danielle Clarke 6-1, 6-2
No. 2 - Kynzie Smedsrud (L) def. Jordan Glad 6-2, 6-2
No. 3 - Britanna Raddatz (YME) def. McKenzi Wenninger 7-6 (7-4), 5-7, 14-12
No. 4 - Sam Pierce (L) def. Anne Clarke 7-5, 6-4
No. 1 - Jordan Trotter and Sandy Bartels (YME) def. Brianna Erickson and Danielle Kneip 6-3, 6-4
No. 2 - Lexie Severtson and Tatianna Gust (L) def. Mariah Norel and Stephanie Bartels 6-2, 6-4
No. 3 - Monaya Hustoft and Joci Oye (L) def. Sophie Timm and Nikki Musselman 6-1, 6-3