Rochester Century's Jessie Aney beats the boys at tennis

The Rochester Century boys' tennis team was hungry for a state tournament appearance, and they knew just the girl for the cause. Senior Jessie Aney was pulled to their team after one of the captains and her brother, who's also on the team, banned together to coax her aboard.

One of the team's captains, Branden Yates, ended up sitting out No. 3 doubles so she could play. He told the Star Tribune the team knew they needed an extra edge to win, and teammate Nick Aney, her brother, Yates and Jessie Aney sat down Buffalo Wild Wings and told her they needed her on that team. Yates told the paper that as a captain, he doesn't feel like he was forced out of the lineup, he was simply doing what was best for his team.

Aney won the 2011 Class 2A girls' singles and 2012 girls' doubles championship, then began to focus on national tournaments. Plus, she's heading to North Carolina on a tennis scholarship next year.

Aney led her Panthers to victory on Tuesday defeating Edina's Michael O'Neil in No. 1 singles, setting the stage for Rochester Century's victory over Edina 6-1 in the Class 2A quarterfinals at the University of Minnesota Baseline Tennis Center.

On Wednesday, Rochester Century lost to Mounds View 6-1 in the state semifinals, their only point came courtesy of Aney after she beat Jake Trondson in straight sets 7-5, 6-0. The Panthers beat Minnetonka 4-3 for third place, Aney defeating Skippers' Jonah Salita, 3-6, 6-2, 6-0.
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