Girls tennis: Polars blank Titans

Tartan junior Ashley Howard returns a volley in first singles action. The Titans lost 7-0 at North High Sept. 11. (Linda Baumesiter/Review)

Tartan freshman Sierra Kargbo follows through on a return during second singles action at North Sept. 11. (Linda Baumesiter/Review)

North High junior first singles Taylor Thiets follows through on a volley during home action, a 7-0 win over the Titans Sept. 11. (Linda Baumesiter/Review)

North High junior Katie Roberto reaches for a volley during second singles action against Tartan. (Linda Baumesiter/Review)

North 7 - Tartan 0

When any North High and Tartan teams play each, there's always an added sense of anticipation and excitement about the contest.

So the Tartan girls tennis squad must have been feeling quite a letdown after their 7-0 loss to the Polars on Thursday, Sept. 11.

Afterwards, North coach Dan Stumpf stated, "It was a good match for us today. We always seem to play well when it's against Tartan.

"Being in the same school district makes them an archrival. Many of these girls are friends, so they put a little extra in just for bragging rights. Things worked out well for us."

By contrast, Tartan coach Larry Fronczak didn't have much to say about his team's whitewash. "We are somewhat thin on talent this year. We have some very good athletes (six are hockey players) who are working hard and put a lot of effort into getting better. But then when we have players missing we have to move players into different positions. It makes adjustment difficult."

Each of the seven matches went just two sets with North claiming all sets. At first singles Taylor Thiets downed Ashley Howard 6-2, 6-3. Second singles player Katie Robeto stopped Sierra Kargbo 6-2, 6-1. Third singles went to Elizabeth Ly over Paige Pariseau-Day 6-0, 6-1 and at fourth singles Nicole Kleinschmidt prevailed over Maddie Campbell 6-2, 6-0.

Doubles play did not alter anything as North gained two-set wins in all three matches. At first doubles, Amy Glaus and Allison Ly gained the upper hand over Taylor Sandholm and Megan Lenling 6-0, 6-2. At second doubles Gaby Reeve and Sarah Warner stopped Maddie Ciolkosz and Gabby Bjellos 6-3, 6-1 and at third doubles it was Bobbie Morelli and Charlotte Zangs taking the measure of Cali Pearcy and Cassie Klinkhamer 6-2, 6-3. 

The win pushed the Polars into a first -- this is the first time in the five-year tenure of Stumpf that North, now 5-3, has won five matches this early in the season.

Up next

On Thursday, Sept. 18 Tartan will host South St. Paul, while North will travel to Henry Sibley. Matches begin at 3:30 p.m.

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