One day removed from taking part in helping her team capture the Section 8AA girls tennis team title for a second consecutive season, Bemidji senior Savannah Haugen dominated the field to win the 8AA singles title in the section’s individual tourney at Sartell on Saturday.
Haugen stormed through the bracket on her way to the title, losing only a combined eight games while winning every set in her three matches of the day. She finished the dominant run by downing Moorhead’s Katryna Hansen 6-1, 6-2 in the final.
The section’s top seed in singles opened the day by dispatching Willmar’s Allison Bruhn 6-1, 6-1 in a quarterfinal matchup. Haugen then defeated Faith Simon of Annandale 6-0, 6-3 to set up her meeting with Hansen in the final.
While their North Subsection final matchup had some intrigue to it the prior week–as Haugen took a hard-fought 6-1, 2-6, 7-5 victory–there was no such closeness in Saturday’s second meeting, with Bemidji’s senior punching an individual ticket to the state tournament alongside her team appearance with the rest of the Lumberjacks.
Haugen will compete in the state’s Class AA individual tournament on Oct. 28-29 at the University of Minnesota’s Baseline Tennis Center.
In doubles, Chloe Hasbargen and Emily Dondelinger advanced through the semifinals before going down in a three-set match.
The duo started their Saturday with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Katelyn Farder and Brynn Havis of East Grand Forks. But their final hopes were ended in a narrow 4-6, 7-6 (6), 6-4 defeat to St. Cloud Tech’s Paige Tarrolly and Ella Marohl.
Hasbargen and Dondelinger still had one more match in the day, losing their 3rd Place battle with Becker’s Ayla Brown and Dani Nuest 6-3, 7-5.