MINOT - Of the eight West Region tennis players battling for the singles championship, two of them hail from Dickinson High. With a win each, seventh-grader Valeria Bradley and junior Anna Stankova advanced to the quarterfinals on Friday, May 24 at the Cameron Indoor Tennis Center.
Both Midgets had a bye in the first round. In the second round, Bradley encountered sophomore Riley Lembke of Bismarck Century. The two didn't compete against each other in the regular season meeting, or the state-qualifying dual the day before.
Bradley won comfortably, 6-1, 6-1.
Stankova won her match against Williston junior Kaleigh Carmichael. Carmichael, who typically competes in doubles for the Coyotes, went down 6-2, 6-2.
Stankova will encounter junior Hannah Felt of Bismarck Legacy on Saturday morning in the quarterfinals, while Bradley will face Courtney Peterson, a senior from Jamestown, who was 8-0 in the regular season as a No. 2 for the Blue Jays.
Eighth-grader Malayna Schneider didn't have a bye in the first round. She squared off with Bismarck High's Ashton Roller, winning 6-2, 6-4. Against Legacy sophomore Sierra Knoll, Schneider's perfect WDA Tournament record finally faltered, as Knoll won 6-4, 6-4.
"That was really close, because both girls had really similar styles. They're both really consistent," Dickinson head coach Lia Bradley said. "Malayna would be up, then Sierra would be up; that could have gone either way."
Schneider ended the evening with a consolation-bracket match against junior Brooklyn Haug of Williston. Schneider shutout Haug in the first set, 6-0, and allowed the Coyote to take just two games in a 6-2 set-two victory.
Schneider will face Mandan senior Kenzie Ulrich in the third round of the consolation bracket on Saturday.
In doubles action, senior Alexa Cofer and sophomore Elizabeth Dean won their first-round matchup against freshman Evelina Tyan and senior Maggie Borseth from Williston 7-5, 6-3. Next, they faced the 7-0 No. 1 doubles pair out of Mandan: Elizabeth Felderman and Kenna Vogel. The Braves sophomore and senior dominated the pair of Midgets in straight sets 6-2, 6-0.
The combination of senior Lauren Jorda and sophomore Emma Dazell had a first-round bye and met freshman Sofia Egge and sophomore Morgan Wheeler out of Minot in the second round.
The Midgets stole the second set 6-4, but the Majettes took the win with 6-1 victories in the first and final frames.
Cofer and Dean battled Morgan Fisher and Delaney Scanson out of Bismarck in the consolation bracket, winning the first set 6-2 before falling 7-5 in the second. The tie-breaking set went to the Demons with a 6-2 score.
Jorda and Dazell faced the Williston pair of Chesni Strand and Shelby Meyer. The Coyote sophomore and freshman outlasted the Midgets 6-4, 7-5.
As a team, the No. 3 Midgets qualified for the State Girls Tennis Dual Championship, so Cofer and Jorda's high school tennis careers aren't quite over.
First round: Malaynda Schneider, Dickinson, def. Ashtin Roller, Bismarck, 6-2, 6-4.
Second round: Sierra Knoll, Legacy, def. Schneider, D, 6-4, 6-4. Bradley, D, def. Riley Lembke, Century, 6-1, 6-1. Anna Stankova, D, def. Kaleigh Carmichael, Williston, 6-2, 6-2.
Consolation: Schneider, D, def. Brooklyn Haug, W, 6-0, 6-2.
First round: Alexa Cofer and Elizabeth Dean, D, def. Evelina Tyan and Maggie Borseth, W, 7-5, 6-3.
Second round: Elizabeth Felderman and Kenna Vogel, Mandan, def. Cofer and Dean, D, 6-2, 6-0. Lauren Jorda and Emma Dazell, D, def. Sofia Egge and Morgan Wheeler, Minot, 6-1, 4-6, 6-1.
Consolation: Morgan Fisher and Delaney Scanson, B, def. Cofer and Dean, D, 6-2, 5-7, 6-2. Chesni Strand and Shelby Meyer, W, def. Jorda and Dazell, D, 6-4, 7-5.