MINNEAPOLIS - Fairmont senior Allison Moeller earned a spot in today's Class A individual state consolation semifinals and a place in the Cardinal girls tennis program's history books.
Moeller reached Day 2 of the state meet by posting a victory in Thursday's singles consolation quarterfinals at the Reed-Sweatt Family Tennis Center in Minneapolis.
Ironically, Moeller outdueled South Central Conference rival Karleigh Wolff of Blue Earth Area in a hard-fought elimination match to become the first Fairmont girls tennis player to win a state match since former Cardinal standout Katie Reber achieved the feat during the 1994 Class AA state singles competition.
Wolff, who opened the individual state meet with a 6-2, 6-4 loss to No. 7-ranked Mikayla Wing of Staples-Motley, outlasted Moeller in their opening set by a 6-4 decision. Moeller, however, rallied to capture a 6-2 second-set win to force a third-set super tiebreaker to 10. Moeller prevailed in the deciding frame, 10-3.
"It really was a great match by both girls," Fairmont head coach Kathy Krezel said in reference to the Moeller-Wolff showdown.
Moeller, who opened Thursday's elite tournament with a 6-3, 6-1 loss to No. 4-ranked and No. 4-seeded Abby Kantor of Foley, faces Trinity School at River Ridge senior Jenny Mulvey at 8 a.m. today in the consolation semifinals at the Reed-Sweatt Family Tennis Center.
Mulvey, who lost back-to-back love sets to defending Class A state singles champion and No. 1-ranked Sonya Das of St. Paul Academy & Summit School, advanced past No. 8-ranked Eva Sullivan of Providence Academy via a 2-0, 2-0 default in the consolation quarterfinals Thursday.
While Moeller qualified for Day 2, Fairmont's Missy Viesselman and Aubrey Green nearly joined their teammate in today's third-round action in Minneapolis.
Park Rapids Area's Christina Smith and Julia Renner, who combined court skills to capture fourth place in the 2012 Class A state doubles competition, outslugged Viesselman and Green in opening-round action, 6-2, 6-4, on Thursday.
Viesselman and Green then awaited the outcome of a three-set, first-round slugfest between Waseca's Katie Tlusty-Anna Hoehn tandem and Minnewaska Area's Rachel Riley and Makenna Hanson. Tlusty and Hoehn prevailed via a 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 marathon match to send Riley and Hanson into the consolation bracket.
Viesselman and Green battled Riley and Hanson - who had qualified for the 2012 state doubles meet - to a first-set tiebreaker in Thursday's consolation quarterfinals. Riley and Hanson squeezed by Viesselman and Green by a 7-3 decision to claim the opening-set 7-6.
Riley and Hanson then fended off the hard-charging Viesselman and Green in the second set, 7-5.
In other Class A doubles action, St. James' Aubrey Eckstrom and Julia Boeve reached Day 2 of the individual state meet.
Rochester Lourdes' Jessica Alexander and Rachel Kamath downed Eckstrom and Boeve in opening-round action, 6-1, 6-1. Eckstrom and Boeve, however, bounced back to outlast Minnewaska Area's Jada Hoffman and Ellen Stensrud in the consolation quarterfinals, 6-2, 3-6, (10-7).
Eckstrom and Boeve face Staples-Motley's Kelsey Zetah and Nikki Edin at 8 a.m. today at the Reed-Sweatt Family Tennis Center.
In Class A singles action, St. James senior Lorena Hernandez lost a hard-fought 7-5, 6-4 first-round decision to Park Rapids Area's Julia Smith.
No. 2-seeded Sofia Terzic of Rochester Lourdes, who was upset by No. 9-ranked Danielle Gannon of Holy Family Catholic in opening-round action, 6-4, 6-2, rebounded to post a 6-4, 6-2 consolation quarterfinal victory over Hernandez.