FAIRMONT - Playing in pure unison.
Fairmont's four singles players closed out their straight-set victories within 10 minutes of each other on Tuesday in Fairmont.
The hometown Cardinals then pocketed two of the three doubles matches to exit the Cardinal Courts with a 6-1 nonconference tennis triumph over the Maple River Eagles.
BASELINE BACKHAND — Fairmont singles player Allison Moeller connects on a backhand return during tennis action Tuesday in Fairmont. Photo by Charlie Sorrells
"We brought in Camilla (Hermanrud) to play singles today and she hits the ball well," Fairmont head coach Kathy Krezel said in reference to her latest addition to the varsity lineup.
Hermanrud, a foreign exchange student from Norway, made short work out of producing back-to-back 6-1 set victories during her varsity singles debut at the No. 4 position.
Left-hander Allison Moeller triggered the Cardinals' domino effect in the singles bracket by reeling off a 6-1, 6-0 triumph over Erin Hislop at the No. 2 spot in the lineup.
The smooth-hitting Moeller lost only once - Game 3 of the first set - before assembling a 10-game winning string to net the dual meet's initial team point.
No sooner than Moeller had packed away her racket, Hermanrud exited Court 8 with a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Hannah Proehl to double Fairmont's margin in the team score to 2-0.
Only a couple of minutes after Hermanrud's decision, Missy Viesselman delivered Point 3 by generating a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Megan Langworthy at No. 3 singles.
Ironically, Viesselman trailed 3-2 in the opening set before reeling off four straight games to net the opening set. Langworthy won the first game of the second set only to watch as Viesselman stormed back to win six games in a row.
Fairmont first singles player Aubrey Green then sealed the team decision only five minutes after Viesselman's victory, downing Samantha Bammert by a 6-0, 6-1 margin.
The hard-hitting Green earned a shutout in the opening set before losing only one game in the second set.
Sophie Shelgren and left-hander Abby Fitzgerald then combined court skills at No. 1 doubles to generate Fairmont's fifth team tally.
Shelgren and Fitzgerald posted a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Sam Beto and Rachael Rigdon to extend the Cardinals' lead to 5-0.
"Sophie and Abby are getting better at first doubles each time out. They're starting to do a better job of using each other's strengths," said Krezel.
Maple River siblings Britany Groskreutz and Alissa Groskreutz then outslugged the newly-formed doubles combination of Jill Paris and Marina Rufli at the No. 2 spot in the bracket, 7-5, 6-4.
Fairmont's Briana Gratz and Andrea Carstensen then closed out the dual meet by outlasting Cassie Barkosky and Stephanie Beto, 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), (10-6), during third doubles action.
Fairmont (6-3, 0-1 South Central) plays host to New Ulm at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at the Cardinal Courts.
Maple River (2-6) faces United South Central in Wells on Thursday.
Fairmont 6, Maple River 1
Singles: Aubrey Green (F) d. Samantha Bammert, 6-0, 6-1. Allison Moeller (F) d. Erin Hislop, 6-1, 6-0. Missy Viesselman (F) d. Megan Langworthy, 6-3, 6-1. Camilla Hermanrud (F) d. Hannah Proehl, 6-1, 6-1.
Doubles: Sophie Shelgren-Abby Fitzgerald (F) d. Sam Beto-Rachael Rigdon, 6-1, 6-2. Britany Groskreutz-Alissa Groskreutz (MR) d. Jill Paris-Marina Rufli, 7-5, 6-4. Briana Gratz-Andrea Carstensen (F) d. Cassie Barkosky-Stephanie Beto, 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), (10-6).
United South Central 4, Blue Earth Area 3 - The Rebels won only one of three three-set matches, but squeezed by the Bucs, 4-3, during the nonconference dual meet on Tuesday in Wells.
Linsey Thisius outlasted Blue Earth Area's Lindsey Prokop at second singles, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, to collect one of USC's three singles points on the day.
Claire Christian posted back-to-back 6-3 set victories over Karleigh Wolff at No. 1 singles, while Rebel teammate Julia Stenzel netted a 6-2, 6-2 decision over Annika Wilhelmi at third singles.
Monica Bye and Kia Legred contributed a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Karli Olsen and Natali Fellows at first doubles to USC's winning effort.
Kaitlyn Olsen captured one of the three-set matches, downing the Rebels' Ali Wood at fourth singles, 3-6, 6-1, 6-3.
Paige Darrington and Autumn Drake did likewise for BEA at third doubles, outslugging Veronica Schindler and Leah Meyer in a three-setter, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.
Abby Nimz and Aeli Olson capped the Bucs' team points by serving a 6-4, 6-1 loss to Joyce Rubio and Deanna Shellen at second doubles.
Blue Earth Area (6-2, 1-0 South Central) plays host to St. James at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Schroeder Courts in Blue Earth.
USC 4, B.E. Area 3
Singles: Claire Christian (USC) d. Karleigh Wolff, 6-3, 6-3. Linsey Thisius (USC) d. Lindsey Prokop, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3. Julia Stenzel (USC) d. Annika Wilhelmi, 6-2, 6-2. Kaitlyn Olsen (BEA) d. Ali Wood, 3-6, 6-1, 6-3.
Doubles: Monica Bye-Kia Legred (USC) d. Karli Olsen-Natali Fellows, 6-1, 6-4. Abby Nimz-Aeli Olson (BEA) d. Joyce Rubio-Deanna Shellen, 6-4, 6-1. Paige Darrington-Autumn Drake (BEA) d. Veronica Schindler-Leah Meyer, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.