Mounds View edged Stillwater 4-3 for the Section 4AA championship on Wednesday, ending a three-year absence from the state tournament.
The outcome came down to No.1 doubles, the last match completed, where Sarah Tang and Paige Trondson closed out a 6-4, 6-3 win over Rosalie Braun and Catherine Monty, with all the players, parents and fans watching, at the University of Minnesota’s Baseline Tennis Center.
"I am very proud of this team. I am excited for the Mounds View girls to be back in the state tournament — they deserve it,” coach Scott Sundstrom said.
“They have worked so incredibly hard this season. This is a cohesive, dedicated, and improvement-centered team. I hope we enjoy the moment at state and have a good showing."
Mounds View reached 15 state tournaments in the 25-year tenure of former coach Michael Cartwright, who stepped down after the 2016 season, with Sundstrom, his assistant, taking over.
The Mustangs’ last state trip was in 2014 when they won Section 5AA. They now play in Section 4AA, which Mahtomedi won the last three years. Stillwater stopped Mahtomedi 4-3 in the semifinals.
To reach the finals, the Mustangs beat Irondale 7-0 and Roseville Area 5-2 on Tuesday. See box scores below.
The Mustangs won at 1- and 2-singles, with Taylor Trondson and Amanda Diao, and at 1- and 2-doubles against Stillwater, with Emma Sun and Leah Brandt at No. 2.
The No. 4 ranked Mustangs will take a 19-1 record to the state tournament, losing only to Class A’s top-ranked Blake, 6-1. The state team tournament will be held Oct. 22-23 at Baseline Center.
The lineup is headed by senior Taylor Trondson, who’s won most of her matches at No. 1, and eighth-grader Amanda Diao, who had only one loss all season in dual meets and beat the same player, Roseville’s Hayley Helberg, in the section semifinals.
Meanwhile the No. 1 doubles team of Tang, a senior, and Paige Trondson, a junior, went 3-0 at sectionals.
Mounds View 4, Stillwater 3
(1) Taylor Trondson, MV, def Ingrid Goldstrand 6-1, 6-4
(2) Amanda Diao, MV, def Claire Grman 6-0, 6-0
(3) Jana Myers, Stil, def Kat Smiricinschki 6-4, 6-2
(4) Molly Anderson, Stil, def Molly Austin 6-4, 6-4
(1) Sarah Tang-Paige Trondson, MV, def Rosalie Braun-Catherine Monty 6-4, 6-3
(2) Emma Sun-Leah Brandt, MV, def Erin Gallion-Elizabeth Milker 6-2, 6-2
(3) Lauren Friedrichs-Anna Goldstrand, Still, def Elena Bartels-Hannah Lindgren 7-6 (0), 6-2
Mustangs 5, Roseville Area 2
(1) Nikki Ridenour, Ros, def Taylor Trondson 6-2, 6-2
(2) Amanda Diao, MV, def Hayley Helberg 6-1, 6-0
(3) Kat Smirchinschki, MV def Nina Thompson 6-0, 6-0
(4) Molly Austin, MV, def Eliza Omn 6-0, 6-0
(1) Sarah Tang-Paige Trondson, MV, def Madelie Lange-Liv Haugen 6-4, 6-1
(2) Leah Brandt-Emma Sen, MV, def Anna Park-Abby Edwards 6-2, 6-2
(3) Toni Kringstad-Samantha Budd, Ros, def Hannah Lindgren-Elena Barteld 5-7, 6-4, 11-9
Mustangs 7, Irondale 0
(1) Taylor Trondson, MV, def Tabitha Mungai 6-1, 6-0
(2) Amanda Diao, MV def Sydney Nguyen 6-1, 6-0
(3) Molly Austin, M, def Emma Cho 6-1, 6-0
(4) Katia Bartels, MV, def Mikaela Whalen 6-1, 6-0
(1) Sarah Tang-Paige Trondson, MV, def Kahlen Jester-Anne Lyngdal 6-1, 6-1
(2) Leah Brandt-Emma Sun, MV, def Katie Gunderman-Kate McGuireMou 6-1, 6-0
(3) Hanna Lindgren-Elena Bartels, MV, def Anna Pearson-Emily Rupp 6-0,6-0