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Dynamic double

In their second trip to the North Dakota girls tennis state doubles tournament, Dickinson duo Tiffany Reisenauer and Chelsey Galipeau improved on their first appearance by three places.

In their second trip to the North Dakota girls tennis state doubles tournament, Dickinson duo Tiffany Reisenauer and Chelsey Galipeau improved on their first appearance by three places.

After placing seventh in 2006 and fourth in 2007, the team hopes the upward trend continues this weekend.

"We really want to come back in full force and try and get that state championship," Galipeau said.

Last season, Reisenauer and Galipeau took a 6-3 lead over Grand Forks Red River's Catie Mullally and Samatha Anderson in the first set of their semifinals match and appeared en route to an upset and a state title match appearance.

Unfortunately for the Dickinson duo, the Red River pair responded with back-to-back 6-2 sets and advanced to the title match, which they eventually won.

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"It's kind of a bad memory," Galipeau said. "We're going to be gunning for it this year."

In their final chance to get to the top of the mountain together - Reisenauer is a senior and Galipeau is a junior - the duo isn't taking anything lightly.

Midgets coach Kristal Fields loves their attitude.

"They're excited, they're pumped, they're focused and that makes a difference," Fields said. "It's something they've worked for the last three years on and they want to go after it. It's kind of a no-holds barred type thing."

With Mullally and Anderson safely in the opposite half of the tournament bracket, Galipeau and Reisenauer take the West Region's third seed into state tournament on Friday against Fargo South freshman Rachel McGuigan and seventh-grader Karen Moe, the East Region's sixth seed.

However, also standing in the way of a state title bid are Williston's Rachel Hennessy and Tarren Jundt, who own the top seed out of the West.

Galipeau, who is still nursing a right wrist injury from early in the season, said she wants to help her partner finish her career with a bang.

"It's Tiffany's last year, so we're going to try to make a go of it," Galipeau said.

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Red River worries

After having its struggles throughout the regular season, the Midgets qualified for the state team tournament by defeating Mandan in the West Region state-qualifier match.

What was Dickinson's prize for advancing to state for just the second time in school history: The West Region's fourth seed - lately known as the sacrificial lamb seed.

The Midgets have again drawn seven-time defending state champion Red River. Dickinson lost to the Roughriders 5-0 in the opening round of the state tournament in 2006.

Lined up against an opponent that has seemed unbeatable for the better part of a decade, Fields has tried to keep the team's spirits high by pointing out how much Red River has at stake in the match.

"They (the Roughriders) are so dominant and I guess, this may sound weird, but they have everything to lose," Fields said. "We have nothing to lose. All the pressure is on them."

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