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Midgets top Mandan in state-qualifier

MINOT -- The Dickinson High girls tennis team put it together at the right time, and the dividends are paying off. The Midgets, who got off to a slow start this season, advanced to the North Dakota state team tournament with a 4-1 victory over Ma...

MINOT -- The Dickinson High girls tennis team put it together at the right time, and the dividends are paying off.

The Midgets, who got off to a slow start this season, advanced to the North Dakota state team tournament with a 4-1 victory over Mandan in a state-qualifying match at the West Region team tournament Saturday at Cameron Indoor Tennis Center.

"It was nice to get that win to qualify for state because it seems like we always play Mandan in the state qualifier and we can't get past them," Dickinson coach Kristal Fields said. "...The girls were bound and determined when we had our team meeting."

Dickinson left no doubt with its singles play as Tiffany Reisenauer, Chelsey Galipeau and Caitlin Dunn all won in straight sets to clinch the berth.

"They came just roaring out of the gates and took it to them," Fields said. "The matches were fantastic."

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The doubles duo of Reisenauer and Galipeau advanced to the semifinals after receiving a first-round bye and topping Mandan's Katie Koffler and Allison Suda 6-0, 6-1. They clinched a trip to the state tournament with their second-round win and are now playing for position against Williston's Tarren Jundt and Rachel Hennessy today at 11 a.m.

After the trio of Rachael Kelly, Caitlin Dunn and Erika Ridl all won in the first round, only Dunn remains.

Kelly lost her two ensuing matches while Ridl made it a step farther, but fell to Ellen Mueller of Bismarck St. Mary's. Dunn made it all the way through and has a chance to partake in the state singles tournament if she can win today against Mandan No. 1 singles player Kathryn Neubauer.

West Region Team Tournament

Matches Thursday

First round

Bismarck Century 5, Minot Ryan 0

Jamestown 3, Mandan 2

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Minot High 4, Bismarck High 1

Williston 4, Dickinson 1

Second round

Semifinals

Bismarck Century 5, Mandan 0

Williston 3, Minot High 2

Loser out

Jamestown 4, Minot Ryan 1

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Dickinson 4, Bismarck High 1

Matches today

State-qualifiers

Dickinson 4, Mandan 1

Minot 3, Jamestown 2

Championship

Bismarck Century 5, Williston 0

West Region Team Tournament

State qualifier

Dickinson 4, Mandan 1

Singles: 1, Tiffany Reisenauer, Dickinson, def. Kathryn Neubauer, 7-5, 6-2; 2, Chelsey Galipeau, Dickinson, def. Jacey Porter, 6-2, 6-4; 3, Caitlin Dunn, Dickinson, def. Danielle Bauer, 6-3, 6-2.

Doubles: 1, Kayli Bardell/Kelly Long, Mandan, def. Erika Ridl/Rachael Kelly, 6-1, 3-6, 10-8; 2, Sara Anderson, Haley Deibert, Dickinson, def. Katie Koffler/Allison Suda, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2.

West Region Singles Championships

First round

Rachael Kelly, Dickinson, def. Kelly Long, Mandan, 6-3, 6-3; Caitlin Dunn, Dickinson, def. Bryce Kadrmas, St. Mary's, 6-4, 6-4; Erika Ridl, Dickinson, def. Erin Black, Minot, 6-1, 6-2.

Second round

Musland, Jamestown, def. Kelly, Dickinson, 6-3, 6-3; Oberland, Bismarck, def. Dunn, Dickinson, 6-1, Horner, Century, def. Ridl, Dickinson, 6-1, 6-1.

Loser-out

Second round

Ridl, Dickinson, def. Erickson, Minot, 6-3, 6-1; Dunn, Dickinson, def. Long, Mandan, 6-2, 6-4; Kadrmas, St. Mary's, def. Kelly, Dickinson, 6-4, 6-3;

Third round

Mueller, St. Mary's, def. Ridl, Dickinson, 6-3, 2-6, 7-6; Dunn, Dickinson, def. Olson, Minot, 6-0, 6-2;

Matches today

Semifinals

Welk, Century, vs. Porter, Mandan; Oberlander, Bismarck, vs. Horner, Century.

Loser-out

Dunn, Dickinson, vs. Bauer, Mandan;

West Region Doubles Tournament

First round

Tiffany Reisenauer/Chelsey Galipeau, Dickinson, bye; Katie Rubbelke/Kristin Rubbelke, Ryan, def. Sara Anderson/Haley Deibert, Dickinson, 6-2, 6-2.

Second round

Reisenauer/Galipeau, Dickinson, def. Koffler/Suda, Mandan, 6-0, 6-1;

Loser-out

Montgomery/Eckmann, Minot, def. Anderson/Deibert, Dickinson, 6-1. 7-6 (7-4);

Quarterfinals

Reisenauer/Galipeau, Dickinson, def. Neubauer/Bardell, Mandan, 6-4, 6-2;

Matches today

Semifinals

Jundt/Hennessy, Williston, vs. Reisenauer/Galipeau, Dickinson, 11 a.m. CITC; Thomas/Pearson, Minot, vs. Goodin/Bosch, Century, 11 a.m., CITC.

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