After watching Bri Smith and Theresa Tebon win a 6-0, 6-0 decision in at first doubles in a Lake Conference dual meet with Eden Prairie Sept. 24, it occurred to Minnetonka High coach Dave Stearns that he just might have the best pure doubles team in the state.
It would be tricky to forecast who will win the state Class AA doubles title at this point. There are teams like Smith and Tebon that play together most of the year. Then there’s the other side of it. At playoff time, many schools will combine their sop singles players to form a doubles team. The teams that play together all year have an advantage in one sense, however, two talented singles players sometimes can win a close match on talent alone.
“Bri and Theresa are very solid,” said Stearns. “Bri has always been an excellent doubles player, and Theresa is a good partner for her. The big change the second part of the season is that Theresa is no longer over-hitting. Both girls are very coachable, and the chemistry between them is very good.”
Minnetonka won six of the seven individual matches in straight sets against Eden Prairie.
All of the singles matches were decided in straight sets. Bella Lambert won 6-1, 6-1 at No. 1. Anna Letto won 6-2, 6-1 at No. 2. Adrienne Irmer won 7-5, 6-2 at No. 3. Karina Smiley won 6-1, 6-0 at No. 4.
Tonka’s second doubles team of Jeanne Kregness and Abby Steiger got off to a slow start, winning the first set 6-4, but then it was lights out in the second set with a 6-0 win.
The Skippers’ third doubles team of Jenna Fester and Cristina Jones lost the first set 4-6. They regrouped to take the second set 6-3, and then won the third set in a super tiebreaker, 10-1.
“We had a chat after that first set, and I was pleased with the way Jenna and Cristina responded,” said Stearns. “They have not played many matches together at this point. After they made a couple of adjustments, they played some beautiful tennis.”
The win over Eden Prairie gave Minnetonka second place in the final Lake Conference standings with a 3-1 record. Edina won the conference crown by downing Wayzata 4-3 Sept. 24 at the Edina Community Center courts.
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