Every season ends too soon. Tennis ends sooner than all of them. That’s just the way the sports schedule is designed. But for the Magic, the team portion of their schedule came to an acceptable end last weekend at team sections in Sartell.
Monticello picked up two wins, including avenging an earlier loss, before bowing out in their semifinal match against Bemidji.
Bemidji dispatched the Magic with relative ease, winning all seven matches. Monticello did push the top seed from the north in a few matches, including three singles where Grace Sawatzke forced a third set, but in all, Monti just wasn’t sharp enough to knock off the talented Bemidji team.
“They’re another one of those teams, where, we’d like another shot at them,” said Coach Jeff Bordwell. “But in playoff time, you don’t get a second chance.”
Earlier in the tournament, Willmar had fallen victim to Monticello getting a second chance. The Cardinals beat Monti 4-3 early in the season, in the quarterfinals the third-seeded Magic topped the two seed 5-2.
That win kept the Magic perfect this year in matches where they had lost to the opponent previously.
Freshman singles player Alex Revenig said those wins can be attributed to experience gained.
“We had more confidence, because we each had more wins, and close wins,” said Revenig. “We just improved a lot.”
Revenig is one of those who has improved throughout the year while constantly being tested at the position of top singles. Against Willmar, she played a girl who not only had beat her early in the year, but is also seeded ahead of Revenig in the individual tournament.
Revenig won the match 6-1, 6-1.
“Alex just took it to her,” said Bordwell.
The Magic also got wins against Willmar from Brooke Volpone and Grace Sawatzke at singles. At doubles, Myranda Anderson and Christine Lui picked up a three-set win in the two slot, while Sidney Antony and Maria Becker provided the fifth win, at three doubles.
The Magic moved into the quarterfinals by sweeping past Rocori in the first round of sections.
Now that the team portion of the schedule is over, the Magic turn their focus to indvidual sections.
Alex Revenig and Grace Sawatzke will represent the Magic in the singles portion of the section tournament. Brooke Volpone will move to doubles to partner with Anne Dockendorf in sections, joining Christine Lui and Kendra Stoick as the two Magic doubles teams.
“I’m excited,” said Volpone about moving to doubles. “It’s a lot faster game, you have to be on your toes more.”
Including Volpone and Dockendorf, three of the spots are seeded in the top five to start sections, led by Revenig at three.
“I think each spot should win their first match,” said Bordwell.
From there, the Magic will try to move forward. But one thing they have going for them is that when things wrap up, either this weekend, or at the state tournament, it will be the end of this season, but not the end of this team. Every girl in the regular lineup will return next year.