Edina's Nicole Copeland Repeats as AA State Tennis Champion

October 26, 2018 05:59 PM

The Minnesota State High School tennis tournament crowned champions on Friday afternoon and Edina's Nicole Copeland repeated as the Class AA singles winner.

"All season long it's like I had a target on my back, but I don't mind the attention. It simply gets me to focus on the task at hand and that's win every match that I can. Today, I felt good and was able to play my kind of tennis and it worked out for me," said Copeland.


***To see extended highlights of the Class AA singles match and the Class AA doubles match, CLICK PLAY ABOVE***

Copeland faced Edina teammate Andrea Jansson in the finals and won the match in straight sets, 6-1, 6-4.

"Andrea and I are great friends. We ate lunch together, so both of us were really loose going into the match. I'd prefer to play someone other than a teammate, but we've always enjoyed playing against each other. I just happened to have a really good day," Copeland added.

In the Class AA Doubles final, it was Hopkins defeating Mounds View in three sets, 6-7, 6-0, 6-1. Hopkins' Maddie Suk and Rachel Kelly only dropped one game in the final two sets to take the title.

"After we lost the first set we just told each other if this is going to be our final set together, let's just have fun. That calmed us down and then we started playing much better," said Suk .

"This is exactly how we wanted to go out, and this was a great finish to our high school careers," added Kelly.

*In the Class A singles final, #1 seed Alina Shen of The Blake School defeated #2 Katie Mulvey of Trinity School at River Ridge, 6-0, 6-4.

In the Class A doubles final, #1 seed Clare Palen and Natalie Allison of Rochester Lourdes defeated #2 seed Shanna Kinny and Avery Stilwell of Litchfield, 6-2, 6-0.


Jeff Brioschi

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