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Girls tennis: Henjum's win gives Irish title at home invite

Gretchen McDonald, Tanya Ramesh and Kyla Bills were all 3-0 for the Irish tennis team during Saturday’s victory at the Irish Invite.

A long day of tennis all came down to Kate Henjum’s No. 3 singles match Saturday in Rosemount.

Rosemount and Woodbury had each accumulated 14 team points in the four-team Irish Invite, and Henjum’s singles match against Henry Sibley was the only one still in progress. The senior had lost the first set 3-6, but evened things up with a 6-3 victory in the second set and earned the Irish the team trophy by battling back to win a 10-7 super-tiebreaker.

The Irish also topped East Ridge 5-3 and tied with Woodbury 4-4 in their head-to-head meeting at the four-team invite. Three of those wins were supplied by freshman Tanya Ramesh, who went 3-0 at No. 4 singles. The doubles tandem of senior Kyla Bills and sophomore Gretchen McDonald also turned in perfect 3-0 day.

Other Irish winners against East Ridge were Anna Leary at No. 1 singles, Rachel Hoffmann at No. 2 singles and the doubles team of Olivia Harrington and McKenzie Samson.

In the draw with Woodbury, Henjum won the first of her two third-set super-tiebreakers and Brynn Tonn and Rian Robertson added a 6-0, 6-0 sweep at No. 4 doubles.

Tonn and Robertson won again against Henry Sibley, overcoming a 1-6 first set to win 6-2 and 10-6. Leary rolled to her second win at No. 1 singles, 6-1 and 6-0, and Harrington and Samson also won their second match of the day in straight sets.

The Irish resumed their South Suburban Conference dual schedule earlier this week with meets against Eastview and Lakeville North. They compete again this afternoon at Lakeville South.

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