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DL tennis still making progress

The rebuilding process continues for the Detroit Lakes girls' tennis team, and there is plenty of progress being had.

The Lakers had a triangular with Thief River Falls and Fergus Falls Aug. 29, as DL lost 6-1 to TRF and 5-2 to FF.

Sophomore Joelle Langworthy won both her matches 6-1, 6-1 against TRF, while defeating her Otter opponent 6-3, 6-0.

"She continues to be a consistent player in our line-up that we can count on," said DL head coach Kris Omberg.

Junior Justine Haukebo won her match against Fergus Falls, playing the second singles spot, with a score of 6-3, 6-2.

She lost to the Prowlers' No. 3 in a third set tiebreaker.

"She has also been a rock in our line-up," Omberg said of Haukebo.

The Lakers had a dual with Wadena-Deer Creek Sept. 3, on the road.

DL lost 6-1, which was a frustrating loss, Omberg said.

"We had some close matches, right on the edge, that didn't end up going our way," she said.

Haukebo was the lone winner with a score of 6-1, 4-6, 10-4 (tiebreaker) at the third singles spot.

DL's most recent match was with East Grand Forks and Bemidji.

The Lakers hosted both teams Sept. 9, and lost to both 7-0.

"We had some very competitive matches throughout the day," Omberg said. "Becca Ask and India Fritz played the second doubles spot and had a lengthy match, with a tiebreaker in the first set and a close second set.

"Overall, there is definite improvement among all players and we have now re-evaluated our goals for the rest of our season and into sub-section tournament play. We are becoming more competitive in matches than we were in the early part of the season, content with hanging in there."

The Lakers competed in the Mid-State Conference meet Saturday in Park Rapids and will travel to Bemidji Tuesday for a 3 p.m. start.