Forest Lake girls’ tennis continues to collect wins as the squad swept Woodbury 7-0 at home last Tuesday.
Head coach Violet Shortly said the girls have been working hard at closing matches by solidifying their ground strokes and continuing to work on on their net games.
“It is time for them to believe that they are a good team,” Shortly said.
The Rangers believed it on Tuesday. Junior captain Taylor Shortly paved the way with a 6-1, 6-0 win at No. 1 singles, with sophomore Chase Shortly scoring a shutout 6-0, 6-0 in the No. 2 spot. Junior Taylor Angelo followed with a 6-2, 6-3 victory and ninth-grader Megan Anderson closed the singles sweep at No. 4 (6-4, 6-1).
The first two Ranger duos had their work cut out for them, but both pulled off the win in the third set. Junior Bailey Norby and senior captain Emily Riermann lost in the first set 3-6, but came back to win 6-0 in the second 6-4 in the third. At No. 2 doubles, Juniors Taylor Emly and Natalie Wright also took Woodbury to three, pulling out the victory 6-3, 5-7, 6-1. The No. 3 duo of juniors Lindsey Tilton and Risa Anderson won in two 6-1, 6-4.
The Rangers celebrated another win two days later on the road, defeating Cretin-Derham Hall 5-2.
Forest Lake’s Shortly sisters mimicked 6-2,6-0 wins with Taylor at No. 1 and Chase at the No. 2 spot. Angelo lost 3-6, 3-6 at No. 3, and No. 4 Megan Anderson also fell 4-6, 3-6.
It was a clean sweep for Forest Lake’s doubles partners. Norby and Riermann teamed up again at No. 1 for a 7-5, 6-3 win over the Raiders, while Emly and Wright won 6-4, 6-1 at the No. 2 spot. Tilton and Risa Anderson won in a decisive 6-1, 6-1 finish at No. 3.
The Ranger tennis squad scrimmaged against Centennial on Monday before taking on the reigning state champion team from Edina in another scrimmmage on Wednesday, all in preparation for sections.
“I just want the girls playing as many matches as possible going into post-season play,” Shortly said.