The Hastings Raiders girls' tennis team started section play Tuesday evening after earning the No. 7 seed in section 1AA. They hosted No. 10 seed Waseca and cruised to a 6-1 victory. They then traveled to No. 2 Lakeville South on Thursday and lost to the Cougars 6-1. With team sections over, the Raiders will next compete in individual sections.
The Raiders swept all four singles matches against Waseca and none of them were particularly close. Senior Emily Beyer won No. 1 singles 6-3, 6-2 and sophomore Anri Sakakibara took No. 2 singles 6-3, 6-4. Junior Amy Roach cruised in her No. 3 singles match 6-0, 6-1 and senior Elizabeth Henrichs won No. 4 singles 6-1, 6-1.
In doubles, sophomores Erika Henrichs and Skylar Tjomsland survived a tough first set to win No. 1 doubles 7-5, 6-1. Seniors Anna Lindner and Morgan Reinardy took No. 2 doubles 6-2, 6-2 and Hastings' lone loss came at No. 3 doubles where seniors Alex Doughty and Lauren Jelley fell despite a spirited second set 6-2, 7-5.
Hastings fell to the Lakeville South Cougars 6-1 on Thursday. Their lone win came at No. 2 singles where Sakakibara won 7-6, 6-0. Beyer lost a close No. 1 singles match 3-6, 7-6, 3-10 and Roach fell in No. 3 singles 6-1, 7-5. Elizabeth Henrichs lost 6-4, 6-4 at No. 4 singles.
Erika Henrichs and Tjomsland lost in another close match at No. 1 doubles 6-7, 6-4, 8-10, Lindner and Reinardy fell in No. 2 doubles 6-4, 6-1 and Jelley and Doughty lost in No.3 doubles 6-2, 6-4.
Head coach Marissa Welch said that she was proud of how her team played all year.
"It's a hard loss," she said. "We brought a tough team, energy, confidence, but we just couldn't come up with four wins. I'm proud of the girls and the season they had. I'm still shocked that it's over. We had that good of a team!"
Individual section play starts on Oct. 9 but pairings have not yet been posted.