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Packer tennis finishes second in EDC tournament

Despite one rough outing, the West Fargo girls tennis team finished as runners-up in the Eastern Dakota Conference tournament on Thursday and have qualified for the state tournament in Bismarck and Mandan.

“We really came together as a team,” head coach Chad Anderson said. “We have a lot of seniors, and they had some good words of wisdom for the rest of the team, and they really supported each other.”

As the conference’s No. 2 seed, the Pack started the tournament with a 5-0 win over Fargo South, and then followed that with a 3-2 victory over No. 3 Valley City.

However, the team met No. 1 Grand Forks Red River in the championship game, who managed to overwhelm the Packers for a 5-0 win.

“We had our chances,” Anderson said. “We had lots of unforced errors, which is really unfortunate. I think a lot of that had to do with nervevousness, but Red River really took it to us.”

West Fargo also had some solid representation in the individual and doubles tournaments on Friday and Saturday.

Senior Sammie Smith managed to finish third in singles competition, beating Shanley’s Olivia Keelin 6-1, 6-0 in her final match.

The doubles team of seniors Katie Baasch and Kaylee Stock cruised into the championship match, but fell to Red River’s Maddie Anderson and Alexis Caoili 6-0,6-1 to take second place.

The team enters Thursday’s state tournament as the East’s No. 2 seed, and will face Minot in the first round at 1 p.m.

“There are some really good teams, so it will take something special, but we want to be in the top four,” Anderson said. “The team that wins isn’t always the best team; it’s the team that wants it the most that day, and I think we can do a lot of things to give teams some trouble.”