The East Ridge girls tennis team concluded an otherwise difficult week with a second-place finish in the Raptor/Royal Invitational, held in the city of Woodbury on Saturday, Sept. 18.
After Raptors players earned gold medals in two divisions, East Ridge placed second as a team behind only South St. Paul in the overall standings.
Maddie Blake earned top honors in the No. 3 doubles tournament by going 3-0 against her competitors on the day. Likewise, the No. 3 doubles team of Ellie Eckman/Taylor Anderson also earned gold with an unbeaten march through the Invite.
Emily Mueller took silver in No. 2 doubles play, as did the Raptors No. 1 doubles tandem of Nicole and Natalie Robinson. East Ridge's No. 2 duo of Meghan Tomai and Hannah Strom earned a bronze medal for their efforts, while No. 1 singles player Leah Robinson and No. 4 Laura Zimny each placed fourth.
The tournament came at the end of a 0-3 week for East Ridge in Suburban East Conference play. The Raptors fell 5-2 to Stillwater on Monday, Sept. 13, 7-0 to White Bear Lake on Tuesday, Sept. 14 and 4-3 to Woodbury on Thursday, Sept. 16.
East Ridge had topped the Royals by a 4-3 score in late August, but had the tables turned on them in the second meeting of the season.
The Raptors lone singles match win versus Woodbury came from Mueller at No. 2, who topped CoCo Vizoli by a count of 6-0, 7-5.
The Robinsons won in three sets (4-6, 6-0, 6-2) over Ellen Proesch/Rachel Eisenrich at No. 1 doubles, with the Raptors' No. 3 doubles duo of Eckman and Anderson also winning in three sets (6-7 (4), 4-6, 6-4) versus Woodbury's Jamie Tan/Michaela Matthews.
The 0-3 streak in dual play dropped East Ridge's record to 6-5 heading into a matchup against Hill-Murray on Monday, Sept. 20, after the Bulletin went to press. The Raptors also played Cretin-Derham Hall on Tuesday, Sept. 21, after the Bulletin went to press, with another SEC showdown with Forest Lake looming on Thursday, Sept. 23.