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Tennis: Muller named MVP for Patriot tennis

Pequot Lakes' Megan Muller, left, Erin Begntson, Morgan Mudgett and Madeline Pluimer pose with their team awards following the team's banquet at Billy's at Breezy Point Thursday, Oct. 4.

New-to-the-area freshman Megan Muller was named the Patriot tennis team's most valuable player at the team's season-end banquet on Thursday, Oct. 4.

Playing the entire season at No. 1 singles, Muller amassed a record of 22-3 and beat several state-qualifying athletes from the previous season.

"It might be a bit of an understatement to say that we are really happy that Megan and her family came to our school district," coach Monica Sergent said. "Not only is she an excellent tennis player, she is a very nice person and immediately made friends with her teammates."

Seniors Erin Bengtson and Morgan Mudgett were awarded the Patriot Spirit Award and the Hardest Worker Award, respectively, while junior Madeliene Pluimer earned "Most Improved" honors.

Muller, Mudgett and junior Courtney Boller (26-1 in the regular season) earned all-conference honors, while Bengtson, Pluimer, Alexa Fyle, Elli Saxerud and Madeline Sherman were honorable mentions.

Bengtson and Mudgett also earned academic all-state awards for having GPAs above 3.75. The team as a whole had an average GPA of 3.829.

The team will compete in the Section 7A semifinals on Monday, Oct. 15.

"Our goal this year was to try our best at every practice and meet and believe that we would come out just fine," Sergent said. " I feel that we met these goals ... We are very proud of this entire team."

Dan Determan

Staff Writer for the Pineandlakes Echo Journal weekly newspaper.

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