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Red River, Fargo North oust Dickinson

FARGO -- Dickinson was overmatched against Grand Forks Red River, but felt it could compete with Fargo North during the North Dakota state girls tennis tournament.

FARGO -- Dickinson was overmatched against Grand Forks Red River, but felt it could compete with Fargo North during the North Dakota state girls tennis tournament.

Unfortunately for the Midgets, North struck an early blow that knocked Dickinson on its heels and ended up being the deciding match of the Spartans' 3-2 victory in the consolation semifinals.

"That was a heartbreaker," Dickinson coach Kristal Fields said. "We really thought, looking at things, that we had a good shot against North."

North senior Claire Larson and Dickinson senior Tiffany Reisenauer went toe-to-toe for three sets before Larson prevailed 6-1, 3-6, 6-4.

Although Reisenauer continues play today in the state doubles tournament, losing the final singles match of her high school career was difficult for the senior to handle.

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"That was a frustrating blow to Tiffany," Fields said. "...She took that really hard. You could just feel the wind come out of everybody's sails."

Chelsey Galipeau and Caitlin Dunn earned singles victories in straight sets but North took both doubles matches to seal the victory.

The Midgets opened the state tournament against Red River, the seven-time defending state champion that looks poised to make it eight in a row when they face Bismarck Century in the state title match this morning.

Fields said the Midgets had fun by trying new combinations against the Roughriders.

"With that match, you kind of know going in you're not going to be able to pull it off, but you never know," Fields said.

Chelsey Galipeau had the most success at No. 1 singles, getting six sets against No. 1-ranked Callie Ronkowski, Red River's freshman standout. Ronkowski went on to win 6-3, 6-3.

"Chelsey wanted to get a couple of games off her," Fields said. "When she got six, it was like, 'Whoa.'"

Galipeau and Reisenauer team up in the state doubles tournament today. They open the 16-team tournament against Fargo South's Karen Moe and Rachel McGuigan.

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Dickinson sophomore Caitlin Dunn is competing in singles. She faces Megan Sween and Grand Forks Central.

Both matches begin at 12:30 p.m.

North Dakota state tournament

At Fargo

Team Tournament (all times MDT)

Matches Thursday

Quarterfinals

1) Bismarck Century 4, Fargo South 1

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2) Minot 3, West Fargo 2

3) Grand Forks Red River 5, Dickinson 0

4) Williston 3, Fargo North 2

Consolation semifinals

5) Fargo South 4, West Fargo 1

6) Fargo North 3, Dickinson 2

Championship semifinals

7) Century 4, Minot 1

8) Red River 5, Williston 0

Matches today

Fifth place: Fargo South vs. Fargo North, 8 a.m. (Island Park)

Third place: Minot vs. Williston, 8 a.m. (South High)

Championship: Century vs. Red River, 8 a.m. (Courts Plus)

Dickinson competitors in individual tournaments

Singles Tournament

Caitlin Dunn, Dickinson (No. 6 West) vs. Megan Sween, Grand Forks Central (No. 3 East)

Doubles Tournament

Tiffany Reisenauer and Chelsey Galipeau, Dickinson (No. 3 West) vs. K. Moe and R. McGuigan, Fargo South (No. 6 East)

Results Thursday

North Dakota state tournament

At Fargo

Grand Forks Red River 5, Dickinson 0

Singles: 1, Callie Ronkowski, RR, def. Chelsea Galipeau 6-3, 6-3. 2, Samantha Anderson, RR, def. Sara Anderson 6-1, 6-0. 3, Lalangi Maras-inghe, RR, def. Haley Deibert 6-0, 6-0.

Doubles: 1, Catie Mullally/Madison Hovland, RR, def. Krista Padgett/Tiffany Reisenauer 6-2, 6-1. 2, Linnea Johnson/Morgan Smith, RR, def. Caitlin Dunn/Erika Ridl 6-0, 6-0.

Fargo North 3, Dickinson 2

Singles: 1, Larson, FN, def. Reisenauer 6-1, 3-6, 6-4. 2, Galipeau, D, def. Paramarta 6-4, 6-2. 3, Dunn, D, def. Landmann 6-2, 6-1.

Doubles: 1, Bergstrom/Thompson, FN, def. Anderson/Deibert 6-2, 6-3. 2, Harrison/DeLeon, FN, def. Ridl/Kelly 4-6, 6-1, 6-4.

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