MINNEAPOLIS — Taylor and Katelyn Tarrolly made history Friday at the Baseline Tennis Center.
The St. Cloud Tech doubles team finished in second place in the Class 2A state girls tennis doubles tournament, which is the furthest a doubles pair has reached in school history.
The sisters defeated Woodbury’s Delaney Schurhamer and Mackenzie Schurhamer 6-0, 6-0 earlier Friday in the semifinals to reach the championship match.
“In the semifinals match, we played really, really well and we played loose,” said Katelyn Tarolly, a sophomore. “We knew that we wanted to be a part of the final two.”
The pair faced Benilde-St. Margaret’s Paige McLeod and Taylor McLeod in the championship match, where they fell, 6-3, 7-5.
“I think we did a really good job at staying focused for most of the day. It was really cool being there for the first time and it was a great learning experience,” said Taylor Tarolly, a junior.
“It is such an honor to make it as far as we did and to be able to represent Tech at state, but we are going to work on becoming better as a doubles team in the offseason and we want to get better so that we are back here again next year.”
It was the first time since 2001 that a Tech doubles team has finished better than fourth place at the state tournament. The sisters finished 14-1 as a doubles team.
“They overpowered a lot of teams and they played very well,” Tech coach Paul Bates said. “Their games compliment each others so well and they are a nice fit. They always work hard in the offseason, and I’m sure this match will be in the back of their minds as they improve their game for next year.”
The sisters may not have taken first, but playing in the championship match alongside one another is something to remember.
“It was a true honor to make it as far as we did,” Katelyn Tarolly said. “For now, our names are associated with the team that has made it the farthest. And being able to do it with my sister, that is really special.”
MINNEAPOLIS — Foley doubles team Kayla McIver and Kylee Funk finished third in the Class A state doubles competition at the Reed-Sweatt Family Tennis Center.
The pair lost to Breck’s Grace Zumwinkle and Lauren Kozikowski 6-4, 6-1 in the semifinals, before beating Minnewaska’s Joelle Thorfinnson and Makenna Hanson 6-0, 6-4 in the third-place match.