Thursday, Aug. 29, was a day to remember for the Forest Lake girls tennis team, which defeated Suburban East Conference powerhouse Mounds View, 4-3.
Head coach Violet Shortly stacked her lineup accordingly, knowing it would be a challenge to knock off the Mustangs, who were ranked No. 6 in the state in mid-August.
While junior Chase Shortly, senior Taylor Angelo and Megan Anderson fell at the first three singles spots (Mustangs No. 1 singles player, Summer Brills is the defending Class AA state champion), junior Noel Vierra came up with a key 6-2, 6-1 victory at No. 4 singles for the Rangers.
Forest Lake swept Mounds View in doubles play with seniors Taylor Shortly and Bailey Norby winning 6-1, 6-0 at the No. 1 spot, while seniors Taylor Emly and Natalie Wright won handily at No. 2, 6-2, 6-2. Seniors Risa Anderson and Lindsey Tilton secured the team victory at No. 3 doubles with a 6-1, 6-4 win.
Violet Shortly said her girls were raring to go on the drive to Mounds View and ecstatic on the car ride home.
“Bailey was getting everyone pumped up and screaming like crazy on the way over, it was funny,” she said. “And afterwards, the girls were just so excited. It was a big win for us. A big win.”
Forest Lake hosted Park on Tuesday and hosts White Bear Lake at 3:30 p.m. today, Sept. 5. The Rangers also travel to the Duluth East Invite starting at 9 a.m. Saturday.