|9/14/2012 3:23:00 PM|
Suckert prevails in windy conditions to knock off Crusaders
|PLAYING AT #3 SINGLES, Becker’s Katie Suckert prevailed over Cathedral’s Sarah Schmitz, 2-6, 6-2, 7-6(4) in the final match of the day to enable the Bulldogs to triumph over St. Cloud Tuesday in windy conditions. (Photo by Bill Morgan.)|
Becker started off strong in #4 singles with sophomore Savannah Johnston notching a 6-2, 6-1 win. Subsequently, Becker's #1 (Lindsey Lorette and Lauren Veldman) and #3 (Shelby Huebert and Margaret Lindsay) doubles got wins in straight sets.
Olivia Hultgren at #1 singles sealed the match win with a victory in straight sets, 6-3, 6-0. Rachel Lukkarila at #2 singles had a close first set that went to a tie-breaker (7-6(2)), but took the second set easily at 6-2.
Katie Suckert at #3 singles also won in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3 while the #2 doubles team (Ellie Tobako and Kendra Buettner) lost their first set and came back from a 2-5 deficit in the second set to win 7-5. Due to time/light, they played a third set super tie break up to 10. Buettner and Tobako won that 10-5 giving Becker the match 7-0.
The Bulldogs moved to 2-1 in conference play, with an overall record of 4-7. Lorette and Veldman pushed their record #1 doubles record to 11-0. Becker’s #2 doubles and #3 doubles also have notable records of 8-3, with both duets being 3-0 in the conference.
Becker 4, St. Cloud 3
Tuesday, the girls tennis team had to face off against a formidable foe in St. Cloud Cathedral. What they didn’t expect was the battle they’d face with Mother Nature on a very windy day.
Swirling and twirling, the Becker Bulldog girls tennis team knocked out the Crusaders of St. Cloud, 4-3.
Becker’s #1 singles player Olivia Hultgren lost in straight sets and after Johnston dropped her match at #4 singles, Becker’s fate was faltering. It got even worse when Lukkarila lost two hard fought sets at #2 singles, losing 5-7, 5-7.
Becker's chances looked pretty bleak being down 0-3 so early.
Like a breath of fresh air, however, Becker’s #1 doubles team of Lorette and Veldman got the team’s first win with a 6-4, 6-3 triumph over Greta Egerman and Lauren Stang. That was followed up by Huebert and Ashley Souba’s #3 doubles win in straight sets.
Number two doubles (Tobako and Buettner) won their first set, lost their second, but took the third to tie the match at 3-3.
It all came down to Suckert, playing at #3 singles against one of Cathedral’s top players, Sarah Schmitz.
Suckert lost the first set 2-6, but came back strong in the second to win 6-2. The third set started off in Schmitz's favor and quickly went to a 5-2 lead. However, Suckert fought back and won the next four games - making very few errors - and giving her a 6-5 lead.
And just like an exciting heavyweight boxing match, Schmitz fought back and won the next game, bringing the match to a third set tie-breaker.
Suckert was down early in the tie-breaker, but managed to fight back and win 7-4 to give Becker the win.
The girls tennis team plays in an away tournament in Buffalo today (Saturday), then plays three matches next week starting Monday at Big Lake, Tuesday at home against Princeton, then Thursday at home against Pierz Healy.
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