Doubles team advances in Section 2AA tennis tourney

New Prague's No. 1 doubles team of Allison Stupica and Brianna Skluzacek were scheduled to compete in the Section 2AA doubles tournament Wednesday at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter.

The two qualified for the quarterfinal round by winning two matches last week at the South Sub-section tournament.

They were the only Trojans to advance out of sub-sections. Singles players Rena Kneeland and Kelsey Stupica both won their first-round matches before losing in the second round, while the doubles team of Evan O'Malley and Sarah Lang lost in the first round.

Skluzacek, a sophomore, and Allison Stupica, a senior, were the No. 6 seed in the tournament and opened against the team of Ahlers and Schneekloth of Marshall. They won in three sets, 5-7, 6-2, 6-4. In the second round they upset the No. 3 seeded team of Reiner and Rasmussen of Hutchinson in two sets, 7-6, 6-4.

Kneeland, a sophomore, was the No. 4 seed in the singles tournament. She opened by defeating Patterson of Willmar 6-4, 6-1. She lost in the second round to No. 5 seed Johnson of Mankato West in three sets. Scores were 7-6 (7-4), 2-6, 6-3.

Senior Kelsey Stupica competed for the first time in more than a month due, to an ankle injury, and was the No. 7 seed. She opened against No. 10 seed King of New Ulm, winning 6-4, 6-1, then lost to the No. 2 seed Coughlin of Mankato West, 6-3, 6-1.

O'Malley, a senior, and Lang, a junior, lost in the first round to Miller and Schamer of Mankato East, 6-1, 7-6 (7-3).

Skluzacek and Allison Stupica were scheduled to face Jamie Peterson and Annie Whitley, the No. 1 seed from the north subsection, in the first round. The top two finishers in the tournament advance to state.

Minnetonka wins team title

Minnetonka will represent Section 2AA in the State team tournament next week. In the quarterfinals the Skippers defeated Hutchinson 7-0 and Eden Prairie beat Mankato West 4-3. Minnetonka beat Eden Prairie 5-2 in the championship match. Minnetonka will face Holy Angels in the first round of the state tournament Wednesday, Oct. 24, at the Baseline Tennis Center on the University of Minnesota campus.

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