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Bears net win over Superior, 4-3

August 23, 2016

EVELETH — The Golden Bears were locked in a tough battle against Superior in their home opener Monday, and came out on top, 4-3.

Eveleth-Gilbert won three of four singles matches and one at doubles to squeak past the Spartans.

“It was another good showing for us,’’ said head coach Dean Edstrom. “It was good that we found a way to win.’’

At No. 1 singles, Cora Delich cruised past Maddy Myer, 6-1, 6-1, while Maddi Jankila also won in straight sets at No. 2 over Creede McClellan, 6-2, 6-0. Anna Melicher closed out the singles wins by going 6-1, 6-2 over Emma Ferrando.

No. 1 doubles was clearly the match of the day as Kitana Honkola and Audrey Delich battled Hannah Thal and Allie Thal for three sets.

The Bears ultimately came out on top, 5-7, 6-2, 10-5.

Delich and Honkola, who took 1st place together at the Mora Tournament last week, were the last ones on the court and “stayed mentally tough’’ even after falling behind, said Edstrom. “They kept their head in it.’’

Close matches like that one should pay dividends down the road, he added.

While Edstrom said the top of the E-G lineup is very solid, the “rest are coming around’’ and playing good matches. “They’re right there.’’

Along with Thief River Falls, Eveleth-Gilbert plays against the Blue Devils in a triangular in Virginia at 11 a.m. today.

Edstrom said it will be nice to see how his girls line up against rival Virginia.

The Bears also have a quadrangular in Pine City Friday, which also includes White Bear Lake and Robbinsdale Cooper.

Eveleth-Gilbert 4, Superior 3

Singles: No. 1, Cora Delich, EG, def. Maddy Myer, 6-1, 6-1; No. 2, Maddi Jankila, EG, def. Creede McClellan, 6-2, 6-0; No. 3, Ana Melicher, EG, def. Emma Ferrando, 6-1, 6-2; No. 4, Mystie Raddatz, S, def. Kallie Olson, 6-2, 6-4.

Doubles: No. 1, Kitana Honkola/Audrey Delich, EG, def. Hannah Thal/Allie Thal, 5-7, 6-2, 10-5; No. 2, Maddy Graham/Desiree Jensen, S, def. Paige Larsen/Ashley Kuopus, 7-5, 7-5; No. 3, Aili Eibon/Angel Raddatz, S, def. McKenna Edstrom/Megan Larsen, 6-3, 6-2.