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Girls Tennis: Lakers fifth at Highway 10 Open

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STAPLES — The Laker girls tennis team got their season underway on the road at the Highway 10 Open in a nine-team tournament.

“We had a good showing at the tournament,” Head coach Tanner Beauchman said. “Everybody was able to pick up at least one win.”

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Besides Detroit Lakes, teams from West Central Area, Osakis, Stewartville, Wadena-Deer Creek, Staples-Motley, Spring Lake Park, and a junior varsity team comprised of Wadena and Staples players participated.

Osakis and Staples-Motley are ranked in the top 10 in Class A.

Dani Unruh, DL’s top singles player had a tough draw opening versus the eventual champion in the first round, but rebounded nicely and went 2-0 the rest of the tournament earning the consolation title.

At two-singles, Stella Foltz placed fourth going 1-2 in three matches. Sydney Fritz at three-singles was 1-2 placing seventh. Grace Kinney won two of three matches for a third place finish at four-singles.

“Grace had a great tournament,” said Beauchman.

Kinney picked up a big come-from-behind win in the third place match after trailing 5-0 in the third set tiebreaker before winning eight of the last nine points for a stunning 8-6 victory.

DL’s top doubles pairing of Carolyn Kinney and Devree Bunnis placed sixth with a 1-2 mark in three matches.

Emma Maguire and Emily Seebold won two of three to place third in two-doubles.

“Emma and Emily were able to battle through some rough patches and take third. I don't think they played their best tennis but they were able to grind out two three-set wins.”

At three doubles, Adrianna Brehm and Maddie Ring were consolation champions with a 2-1 mark. Maria Prouty and Brittany Waslaski placed fourth going 1-2.

Depth should be a strength of the Lakers his year with a lot of returning players with varsity experience.  

“Our top players should be competitive, and the tail end of our lineup will need to pick up some wins for our team to be successful. As a team we improved a lot from last year and it will be interesting to see if we have closed the gap or eliminated it. We lost a lot of close duals last year and hopefully, as a team, we have taken the next step and are ready to knock off those teams.”

DL lost only one player to graduation - India Fritz.

Unruh, a junior, returns as the number one singles player.  

“She is a strong player. Having a strong number one singles player will allow us to do some different things with our lineup.”

Foltz, a junior and senior Sydney Fritz have been neck-and-neck in challenge matches this year and are solid at the next two singles positions.

Eighth-grader Grace Kinney and senior Krista Leaf (12) will both see time at the number four slot.  

“Grace has really improved from last year, and anytime you have an eighth-grader performing at a high level it is a good sign for the future of the program.”

The top two doubles team should be a strength of ther team this year.  

Seniors Carolyn Kinney and Devree Bunnis start the year as the number one teams. The duo was the two-doubles team last year.

Junior Emma Maguire and senior Emily Seebold are playing number two doubles.  

“Emma played singles last year, but she is picking up doubles concepts quickly and Emma and Emily should challenge Devree and Carolyn later in the season.”

The three-doubles team remains an experiment.

“We have several players who are capable of stepping in and playing at a high level.  Adrianna Brehm (9), Maddie Ring (11), Hailey Sonstegard (11), Brittany Waslaski (12), and Maria Prouty (12) are all in the mix at three doubles. We will continue to experiment with different combinations in practice, and all of them could see time at three doubles at some point during the season.

This year’s squad has 22 girls on the roster.  

“It is a good number, but we would like to see more middle school girls. Emily Skjonsberg (7) and Riley Chase (7) are newcomers this year. They are both new to the game, but have been working very hard in practice and are improving daily.”

DL played at Fergus Falls Thursday evening but results were unavailable by press time.

Laker results

Detroit Lakes at Highway 10 Open, Wednesday, Aug. 20.

Team results: 1. Osakis 52, 2. Spring Lake Park 50, 3. Staples- Motley 47, 4. Stewartville 40, 5. Detroit Lakes 35, 6. Wadena-Deer Creek 30, 7. West Central 25, 8. Staples-Motley/WDC 9.

Laker individual results:

1 singles (Dani Unruh)

2-1 (5th place - consolation champ)

2 Singles (Stella Foltz)

1-2 (4th place)

3 singles (Sydney Fritz)

1-2 (7th place)

4 singles (Grace Kinney)

2-1 (3rd place)

1 doubles (Carolyn Kinney & Devree Bunnis)

1-2 (6th place)

2 doubles (Emma Maguire & Emily Seebold)

2-1 (3rd place)

3 doubles (Adrianna Brehm & Maddie Ring

2-1 (5th place - consolation champ)

4 doubles (Maria Prouty & Brittany Waslaski)

1-2 (4th place)

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