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Tiger players compete at 2AA South individual tennis tourney

October 15, 2012
Marshall Independent

Two singles players and two doubles teams from the Marshall girls' tennis squad took part in the Section 2AA South individual tournament on Saturday at Gustavus Adolphus College in Saint Peter.

Julia Hartmann was the only Tiger to pick up a victory on the day, and she picked up a pair of them. The Austrian foreign exchange student was seeded fifth in the tournament and faced No. 12 seed Kirsten Aljets, of Worthington, in the opening round of play. Hartmann easily handled Aljets in a 6-1, 6-2 win and moved on to meet Mankato East's Libby Andrego. Andrego was also no match for Hartmann, who won 6-2, 6-1.

In the third round, Hartmann had the tough task of taking on top seed Haley Lickfold, a freshman from Shakopee. The No. 5-ranked singles player in the state, Lickfold ended Hartmann's tournament with a 6-2, 6-0 victory.

Marshall head coach Holly Knudson said that the match opened with promise before Lickfold began to pull away.

"Julia battled with her in the first game pretty well. It was a deuce game that went on for about 10 minutes," Knudson said. "It was fun to watch, but she lost that game and then lost the next two.

"I went out and talked to Julia after that and told her to be patient and keep working, and she won the next two games before the other girl's coach came out to talk to her, and then that was that."

Marshall's No. 1 singles player during the end of the season, Brooke Louwagie missed the tournament due to a band obligation and was replaced by junior Anja Baumgarn. Baumgarn, seeded 15th in the tournament, took on No. 2 seed Julia Snelson of Mankato West and lost 6-0, 6-0.

It was also a one-and-done day for Marshall's two doubles teams. Tiger seniors Maggie Roy and Maddie Schoephoerster were seeded seventh in the tournament and were swept by No. 10 seed Taylor Flood and Emma Silkey. The pair from Chaska beat Roy and Schoephoerster 6-4, 6-2.

Marshall's other doubles team of Annie Samuelson and Brittany Soupir, seeded 12th, went against No. 5 seed Kjersten Lemke and Justine Pasker of Mankato East and were unable to win a game during the match.

Though it wasn't a very successful day for anyone other than Hartmann in terms of wins, Knudson said it was a positive experience for the players.

"It was a good day, definitely worth the drive," Knudson said. "Just to have the girls get the experience of being there at Gustavus, indoors, and to get that tournament feeling of 'this is where it's at', it was just a good day."

The tournament was the final high school competition at Marshall for Roy, Schoephoerster, Samuelson and Hartmann, who, along with Louwagie and others, helped the Tigers to a successful season that included a share of the Southwest Conference championship. Knudson hopes her players like Baumgarn and Soupir can help the team maintain its success next season.

"Our captains, Brooke and Maggie, and the other seniors, too, they had great leadership and will be missed a lot," Knudson said. "Hopefully the juniors will step up and take control over the summer like Maggie did to get the kids out on the court so we can try to be successful in the conference and at sections again."



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