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Tennis: Patriots fall in subsection semis - Lueck, Mudgett named all-conference, Boller honorable mention

Pequot Lakes tennis award winners, from left: Afton Crocker, Alexis Lueck, Morgan Mudgett, Courtney Boller and Madeline Sherman. Dan Determan / Echo Journal1 / 2
Senior Alexis Lueck returns a volley in the Patriots victory over Grand Rapids Tuesday, Oct. 3. Dan Determan / Echo Journal 2 / 2

The Pequot Lakes Patriot tennis team saw its team-competition season come to an end on Monday, Oct. 9, in a 4-3 loss to Pierz in the Subsection 2, Section 7-1A semifinals.

"We played well, but Pierz played even better," coach Monica Sergent said. "Morgan Mudgett and Courtney Boller played strong singles matches for us to get wins, and Afton Crocker and Morgan Lueck had a big three-set win at No. 3 doubles."

Mudgett and Boller registered wins for the the Patriots at No. 2 and No. 3 singles, respectively, along with a Lueck-Crocker at No. 3 doubles.

Pierz 4, Pequot Lakes 3

Singles

No. 1: Becky Langer (PZ) def. Alexis Lueck (PL) 6-1, 6-2

No. 2: Morgan Mudgett (PL) def. Kalyn Gritzmacher (PZ) 6-1, 6-0

No. 3: Courtney Boller (PL) def. Abby Andrea (PZ) 6-4, 6-1

No. 4: Valerie Gall (PZ) def. Madeline Pluimer (PL) 6-2, 7-5

Doubles

No. 1: Brittney Boser-Katelyn Smude (PZ) def. Erin Bengtson-Alexa Fyle (PL) 6-0, 6-2

No. 2: Avy Lease-Anessa Leidenfrost (PZ) def. Elli Saxerud-Maddy Sherman (PL) 7-6(7-2), 6-4

No. 3: Morgan Lueck-Afton Crocker (PL) def. Gracie Gall-Laura Skiba (PZ) 3-6, 6-4, 6-3

Overall: PL 15-6, Pierz . Next: Pequot Lakes, Pierz in Subsection 2, Section 7-1A Individual Tournament at Pierz Thursday.

Patriots 6, Panthers 1

Mudgett and Maddy Pluimer didn't drop a game in their singles victories to lead the Pequot Lakes Patriots to a 6-1 Mid-State Conference victory over Park Rapids Tuesday, Oct. 3.

"The team played very well, especially coming off a day with no practice due to the weather," Sergent said.

Mudgett will enter the playoffs with 21-6 record and Pluimer is 14-2 at No. 4 singles.

Cortney Boller improved to 24-3 with a 6-1, 6-0 win at No. 3 singles.

Pequot Lakes 6, Park Rapids 1

Singles

No. 1: Natalie Kinkel (PR) def. Alexis Lueck 6-1, 6-0

No. 2: Morgan Mudgett (PL) def. Abby Morris 6-0, 6-0

No. 3: Courtney Boller (PL) def. Chloe Johnson 6-1, 6-0

No. 4: Maddy Pluimer (PL) def. Meagan Powers 6-0, 6-0

Doubles

No. 1: Erin Bengston-Alexa Fyle (PL) def. Kendra Coborn-Olivia Wallace 6-4, 2-6, (11-9)

No. 2: Elli Saxerud-Maddy Sherman (PL) def. Gracie Eischens-Emma Miller 6-0, 6-2

No. 3: Afton Crocker-Morgan Lueck (PL) def. Jada Renneberg-Rachel Herman 6-3, 6-2

Mudgett named MVP at team banquet

The Patriots hosted its team banquet at the end of the regular season on Thursday, Oct. 5, where Mudgett was named most valuable player.

The junior finished the season with a 21-6 record, primarily playing No. 2 singles.

"Her competitiveness, her determination to get every ball and her ability to angle her shots all work in her favor and have earned the admiration of her teammates, which is probably part of why they named her our team's most valuable player," Sergent said.

Mudgett also earned all-conference honors, as did Alexis Lueck, who earned the Patriot Award at the banquet.

Boller, who finished with a regular season record of 24-3, earned an all-conference honorable mention and was named co-most improved player - and award she shared with Madeline Sherman.

Afton Crocker earned the Patriots' "hardest worker" award.

"Our goal this year was to try our best at every practice and every meet, and believe that we would come out just fine," Sergent said. "It was also to improve each day on the court. I feel that we met these goals."

Dan Determan
Staff Writer for the Pineandlakes Echo Journal weekly newspaper
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