Ranger tennis tops Princeton in section opener

Junior Taylor Shortly returns a ball during her No. 1 singles match against Princeton on Monday. (Photo by Kat Ladwig)

Kat Ladwig
Sports Editor

The Forest Lake tennis squad cruised past the first round of sections as the No. 2 seed, defeating Princeton 5-2 at home on Monday.

Junior captain Taylor Shortly lost 0-6, 0-6 to Mary Claire Mayerchak at No. 1 singles. Sophomore Chase Shortly won at the No. 2 spot, frequently overcoming her opponent with strong serves and well-placed returns for the 6-3, 6-3 victory.

“She [Chase] has really been a pleasant surprise taking over the No. 2 singles spot and having no losses in that position,” head coach Violet Shortly said. “It has really taken some of the pressure off of Taylor at No. 1.”

Junior Taylor Angelo lost in a tough match at No. 3 singles 6-4, 0-6, 0-1 (10-8) while ninth-grader Megan Anderson brought up the singles rear at No. 4 with a 6-0,  6-2 win. Shortly said that Angelo is a tough player, but can be thrown by changes in routine like the weather delay on Monday afternoon.

“Having a bit of a rain delay does not help Taylor in the least,” Shortly said. “I do believe if the match was on Taylor’s racquet, the outcome would have been different.”

The Rangers’ doubles teams swept Princeton, led by the No. 1 duo of junior Bailey Norby and senior Emily Riermann with a 6-1, 6-1 victory. At No. 2 doubles, juniors Lindsey Tilton and Risa Anderson came away with a 6-0, 6-3 win, while juniors Taylor Emly and Natalie Wright also won at the No. 3 spot, 6-0, 6-2.

Despite the on-and-off rainy weather, the Rangers remained focused to win their playoff game.

“The girls played well,” Shortly said. “Going into the match we were definitely the favorites to win, so the goal was to work on shots that may be out of our comfort zone in order to use them with confidence in a match that we will need to change things up.”

Following the Princeton match, the Suburban East Conference coaches held the annual meeting to determine seeding.

For Forest Lake, Angelo is seeded 7th in individual singles with Risa Anderson following at the No. 12 spot.

The doubles top seeds were decided on a coin flip due to a deadlock in the decision process. Taylor and Chase Shortly ended up at the No. 2 seed, while Norby and Riermann will have the 8th seed.

The Rangers face the winner of the Chisago Lakes and St. Francis matchup on Wednesday, Oct. 10, following a schedule change due to rain delay.