As expected, the Hopkins High girls tennis team had no trouble reaching the semifinals of the Section 6AA Tournament last week.

The second-seeded Royals pounded Minneapolis South 7-0 and did not lose a game in any of the seven matches. It wasn’t much more difficult in the quarterfinals, as the Royals defeated Apple Valley 6-1 Friday, Oct. 5, at the Hopkins courts.

Along with Hopkins, the other three section semifinalists are No. 1 Edina, No. 3 Eastview and No. 5 Benilde-St. Margaret’s. The semis were in progress Tuesday, Oct. 9. It was Hopkins vs. Eastview and Edina vs. BSM. Edina was the prohibitive favorite going into Tuesday morning’s matches. The Hornets have won 20 of the last 21 state Class AA team championships.

“It would be a monumental feat for anyone to beat Edina this year,” said Hopkins head coach Kenny Novak Jr. Earlier in the season, Novak speculated that it would take a singles sweep for Hopkins to take down Edina. And he added that it would be difficult because the Hornets have two of the top 10 singles players in the state, Nicole Copeland at No. 1 and Andrea Jansson at No. 2.

Hopkins’ lineup for section play read as follows: Maddie Suk, Rachel Kelly, Carli Wolpert and Sydney Wolpert in singles 1-4, Mary Murphy and Amaya Wolpert at first doubles, Annika Crouser and Katharine Diedrich at second doubles and Eliza Polyak and Elisabeth Langhus at third doubles.

For Section 6AA Individual Tournament play, Suk and Kelly will compete in doubles rather than singles. The two senior captains have been awarded the No. 1 seed.


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