Edina takes tennis invitational title

It was business as usual for the Edina High girls tennis team in the annual Edina Invitational Saturday, Sept. 15.

Edina High’s No. 1 singles player, junior Maddie Boyer, helps her team to the Edina Invitational championship Sept. 15. The Hornets topped Rochester Mayo 6-1 in the championship match. (Photo by Brian Nelson – Contributing Photographer)

Edina High’s No. 1 singles player, junior Maddie Boyer, helps her team to the Edina Invitational championship Sept. 15. The Hornets topped Rochester Mayo 6-1 in the championship match. (Photo by Brian Nelson – Contributing Photographer)

Edina, which is ranked No. 1 in the state Class AA poll, topped Lakeville North 7-0 in the first round and then beat Lake Conference rival Wayzata 5-2 in the semis.

Always tough Rochester Mayo awaited the Hornets in the title match at Edina Community Center, but the showdown never got close and Edina took the title 6-1.

Senior captains Morgan Marinovich and Meghan Herring starred for Edina, winning No. 1 doubles matches against Lakeville North and Wayzata.

Junior Maddie Boyer, Edina’s No. 1 singles player, split in singles and won a doubles match with Mackenzie Marinovich.

Mackenzie went 3-0 in doubles matches. Her partner for the other two wins was Katie Engelking. In another doubles match, Engelking teamed with Bridget Kluesner to win the point.

Kelly Reger went 3-0 in singles for the Hornets, playing two matches at No. 3 and one at No. 2.

Hornet seventh-grader Sophia Reddy showed promise of things to come by going 3-0 in singles with one win at No. 1 and two wins at No. 2.

Another Edina seventh-grader, Margeaux Boyer, won both of her matches at No. 4 singles.

Prior to the tournament, Edina came up big in a 6-1 Lake Conference win over Minnetonka.

“That was our best match of the season,” said Hornet head coach Steve Paulsen. “Minnetonka is a very good team.”

Paulsen labeled to win “a team victory” and commended Maddie Boyer for her strong showing in a straight-set victory over Minnetonka’s No. 1, Bri Smith.

Next for the Hornet girls is a 4 p.m. match against Blake School Tuesday, Sept. 25, at Blake’s Hopkins campus courts. Blake is coached by former Edina tennis star Jeannette Cluskey and longtime Edina resident and tennis pro Ted Warner.

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