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Girls' Tennis: Raiders cruise by Waseca in first round of sections

Senior Emily Beyer won No. 1 singles during Hastings 6-1 sections win over Waseca. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia1 / 4
Sophomore Anri Sakakibara survived a slight challenge in her No. 2 singles match but came away with a win. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 4
Senior Morgan Reinardy (pictured) and her partner Anna Lindner won No. 2 doubles against Waseca. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia3 / 4
Sophomores Erika Henrichs (front) and Skylar Tjomsland (back) won No. 1 doubles for the Raiders Tuesday evening. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia4 / 4

The Hastings Raiders girls' tennis team started section play Tuesday evening after earning the No. 7 seed in section 1AA. The hosted No. 10 seed Waseca and cruised to a 6-1 victory. They travel to Lakeville South (the No. 2 seed) on Thursday to take on the Cougars and should they win, they would go on to play the winner of Rochester Century and Owatonna in the semifinals on Tuesday, Oct. 9, in Rochester.

The Raiders swept all four singles matches and none of them were particularly close. Senior Emily Beyer won No. 1 singles 6-3, 6-2 and sophomore Anri Sakakibara took No. 2 singles 6-3, 6-4. Junior Amy Roach cruised in her No. 3 singles match 6-0, 6-1 and senior Elizabeth Henrichs won No. 4 singles 6-1, 6-1.

In doubles, sophomores Erika Henrichs and Skylar Tjomsland survived a tough first set to win No. 1 doubles 7-5, 6-1. Seniors Anna Lindner and Morgan Reinardy took No. 2 doubles 6-2, 6-2 and Hastings' lone loss came at No. 3 doubles where seniors Alex Doughty and Lauren Jelley fell despite a spirited second set 6-2, 7-5.

Alec Hamilton

Alec Hamilton is a RiverTown Multimedia sports reporter covering Hastings, Farmington and Rosemount athletics. He graduated from Drake University with a journalism degree in 2014. 

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