FL girls clinch SEC title at home

It’s official. The Forest Lake tennis girls recorded an undefeated regular season with a Suburban East Conference record of 9-0 and overall record of 22-0.

The Rangers clinched the perfect record last week with wins over Woodbury on the road on Sept. 24 and East Ridge at home two days later.

Following the sweep of the Royals, Forest Lake faced a tough Raptor team on Thursday for the Rangers’ Senior and Parent Night.

Head coach Violet Shortly said she expected a battle, which is what her squad got when the East Ridge head coach put his strongest players in the doubles lineup with hopes for a sweep. Senior Taylor Shortly breezed past her opponent at No. 1 singles for a 6-0, 6-0 win, followed by a win by junior Chase Shortly at No. 2 singles (6-0, 6-2).

Seniors Risa Anderson and Lindsey Tilton upset the Raptors’ plan at No. 3 doubles with a 6-2, 7-5 win for the third point for Forest Lake.

While seniors Bailey Norby and Taylor Emly at No. 1 doubles and seniors Natalie Wright and Taylor Angelo battled to three sets, junior Noel Vierra gave the Rangers their fourth point to clinch the win at No. 4 singles with a 6-3, 6-2 victory.

Coach Shortly said it was good for her No. 1 and 2 doubles team to be challenged heading into post-season play.

“Bailey and Taylor were up against a very good team that went to state last year,” she said. “They played them tough and it was really a hard-fought match. I was impressed, with all of the first-round set losses, to see them all battle back to win the second set, sending it to a third.”

With this win, Forest Lake sealed its title as the sole conference champions. Exact seedings for section play has yet to be determined, but Forest Lake hosts the section preliminaries on Monday, Oct. 7, and Tuesday, Oct. 8.

To check dates and times, visit suburbaneast.org or the Minnesota State High School League website under Section 7AA tournament information.