Rangers pick up four victories
Forest Lake’s girls’ tennis team had a busy week, taking on five different opponents and finishing 4-1.
Last Tuesday at home, the Rangers went up against Hastings and defeated the tough team 4-3. In singles, Forest Lake junior Taylor Shortly won 3-6, 6-0, 6-4 over foreign exchange student. Sophomore Chase Shortly contributed to the win at No. 2 singles with a 6-3, 7-5 victory.
At the No. 1 doubles position for Forest Lake, senior Emily Riermann and junior Taylor Angelo lost a tough one 1-6, 2-6. The No. 2 team of juniors Bailey Norby and Lindsey Tilton brought the Rangers back with a 6-3, 6-3 win.
Forest Lake head coach Violet Shortly said Hastings is a very tough team this year, and a competitive foreign exchange student playing at No. 1 singles caused a ripple effect, making the bottom of the lineup even tougher.
“I was not prepared for a win at the one singles position,” Shortly said. “But Taylor is a fighter, and she played lights out. It was a very impressive win.”
On Thursday, the Rangers won another close one, 4-3, at East Ridge, with Taylor Shortly winning again at No. 1 singles with a score of 6-0, 6-2. Her sister, Chase, took on the Raptors’ foreign exchange student at No. 2 and won handily 6-3, 6-0.
At doubles for Forest Lake, Norby and Riermann lost at No. 1 in a close one, 5-7, 6-3, 4-6, while Tilton and ninth-grader Megan Anderson persevered for the win with a final score of 5-7, 6-1, 6-4 at No. 2.
“This proved to be a tougher match than in the past,” Shortly said. “Their team is very similar to ours in the fact that they have really good athletes playing tennis.”
The Rangers brought its A-game to the Elk River Invite on Saturday, where they won over Andover and Hibbing before falling 2-5 to Elk River.
Despite the 5-2 win over Andover, the Huskie sisters, Faith and Destiny Lee, proved too much for the Rangers’ singles players Chase Shortly and Riermann on the chilly morning. Shortly lost 0-6, 1-6, while No. 2 Riermann 1-6, 0-6. Forest Lakes’ No. 3 and 4 players brought the Rangers back into contention with Angelo winning 6-2, 6-2 and Megan Anderson winning 6-1, 6-0.
Forest Lake had a dominant doubles showing with all three duos winning, led by a 6-4, 6-2 win at No. 1 by Taylor Shortly and Norby. Tilton and junior Risa Anderson came in at No. 2 doubles with a 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 win, followed by juniors Natalie Wright and Taylor Emly winning 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 at No. 3.
In the day’s next match-up against Hibbing, the Rangers won 4-3 even with losses in singles for Taylor Shortly, Chase Shortly and Angelo at the top three spots. Sophomore Noel Vierra was the sole winner at the No. 4 spot with the easy 6-2, 6-2 victory.
“Hibbing’s singles players are all very good. Both Taylor Angelo and Chase Shortly had very tough players and the match could have gone either way,” Shortly said. “Very happy with my doubles lineup up in this one.”
Shortly should be happy with her doubles teams, as they swept the Bluejackets, starting with the No. 1 duo Norby and Riermann winning 3-6, 6-2, 7-5. Tilton and Megan Anderson dominated at No. 2 with a 6-1, 6-0 finish, followed by another easy 6-0, 6-1 win by the No. 3 team of Wright and Emly.
The Rangers’ winning streak came to a halt, however, when Elk River defeated them 5-2 during the last match of the day.
Forest Lake’s winners in the match-up were Chase Shortly at No. 2 singles (6-3, 6-0), and the No. 3 doubles duo of Wright and Emly winning 6-1, 6-0.
“I was very disappointed in this loss. I feel we were a better team than how we played,” Shortly said. “I just need the team to believe they are better.”
Shortly also said some changes will go into effect in order to give the Rangers a better shot during section match-ups, where the team is likely to face Elk River again. Forest Lake faced Woodbury at home on Tuesday, before they wrap up the regular season at Cretin-Derham Hall today, Sept. 27, at 3:30 p.m.