Mounds View girls tennis makes state appearance

The Mounds View High School girls tennis team wrapped up the 2014 season last week at the state tournament. As a team, the Mustangs struggled, but one individual managed to bring home some hardware.

Sophomore Alexandra Kopiecki shook off a first-round loss in the state singles competition and rebounded to take home the consolation trophy. Kopiecki won all three of her matches in the consolation bracket.

Kopiecki, who qualified for state by winning the Section 5AA singles title, lost her first-round match at state to Owatonna senior Briana Hartmann 6-7 (3-7), 2-6.

The loss dropped her into the consolation bracket, where she won her first match 6-2, 6-0 over St. Cloud Tech freshman Katelyn Tarrolly. Kopiecki advanced in the consolation semifinals after her opponent, St. Paul Central sophomore Zoe Klass-Warch, withdrew from the tournament.

In the consolation final, Kopiecki knocked off Elk River freshman Meagan Brown 6-3, 6-3.

Earlier in the week, Mounds View competed in the team portion of the state tournament and ran into a pair of powerful foes. The Mustangs were matched up against top-seeded Edina in the quarterfinals and the Hornets won all seven matches in straight sets.

The loss dropped Mounds View into the consolation bracket and a match against fifth-seeded Rochester Mayo, which opened the tournament with a 4-3 loss to fourth-seeded Mahtomedi.

Mayo beat Mounds View 7-0 but two of the matches featured a set that reached the tie-breaker. Madison Wang, playing at fourth singles, lost 1-6, 6-7 (4-7); and Amber Zhao and Anna Roesler, playing at second doubles, lost 6-7 (5-7), 3-6.

The two teams Mounds View lost to went on to win trophies. Edina cruised to its 18th consecutive state title with 6-1 wins over Mahtomedi in the semifinals and Prior Lake in the finals. Rochester Mayo followed up its win over Mounds View with a 6-1 win over Princeton to claim the consolation trophy.

—Brian Meyers

 

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