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Detroit Lakes girls' tennis starting to put things together

The "nothing to lose" attitude the Detroit Lakes girls' tennis team is employing is already paying off dividends.

The Lakers are quietly putting together a good season and picking up some victories in the Mid-State Conference, behind some solid play of each the singles and doubles.

"We are opening some Mid-State rivals' eyes," said DL head coach Kris Omberg. "We'll be right in the middle of things in the Mid-State meet. The girls are just going out and playing hard.

"They have something to reach for now, and they know they can do it."

The injection of confidence for the Lakers came with a good showing in Park Rapids Tuesday, where they split with Crosby-Ironton and gave the Panthers all they could handle.

The Lakers toppled the Rangers 5-2, with a sweep in singles play, while narrowly falling to Park Rapids 4-3.

"Our singles have been strong and we are mixing and matching the doubles to find the best possible combos," Omberg said. "The girls have been very competitive."

Three singles players went 2-for-2 on the day, including the first singles player, junior Joelle Langworthy, No. 3 Katie Anderson and No. 4 Becca Ask.

All won in straight sets, except for Ask, who beat her Panther counterpart freshman Lydia Schaum by taking the third set 6-4.

"(The coaches) been talking to the girls about their ball placement and they are starting to learn about that well," Omberg added about one of the keys to the big improvement this season. "They are making strides in learning about the opposition's game, and are starting to pick up their weaknesses."

The Lakers won all their singles matches against C-I, with No. 2 Justine Haukebo winning in straight sets over Savanah Fore.

The duo of Ashley Syvertson and Tess Hamre were victorious over Vanessa Hudrlik and Brittney Metsa by scores of 6-2 and 6-4.

"Becca Ask had a good day and is hitting the ball hard, while Joelle (Langworthy) and Justine had good days," Omberg said.

The doubles teams are starting to come together, after Omberg paired Hamre and Syvertson together, as well as Brianna Seebold and India Fritz.

"Tess and India are both laid back kind of players, so pairing them with Ashley (Syvertson) and Bri (Seebold) -- who are both aggressive kind of players -- makes for a couple of good combos," Omberg said.

The three victories by DL against Park Rapids came in singles play, with Langworthy winning in three sets -- after rallying from a 6-3 loss in the first, then taking set two 6-2 and three 7-1.

Anderson and Ask each won in straight sets.

Tuesday in Detroit Lakes, the Lakers ran up against some tough competition, losing to Moorhead 5-2 and Mid-State favorite Staples-Motley 7-0.

Langworthy was once again victorious with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Moorhead's Emma Connell, and Haukebo was a winner at the second singles slot, with a three-set win over Lizzy Ross.

The Lakers will host Wadena-Deer Creek Thursday, starting at 4:30 p.m.

Laker results

Detroit Lakes at Park Rapids, Thursday, Sept. 3.

Lakers 5, Rangers 2

Singles -- 1. Joelle Langworthy (DL) def. Heather Robinson 6-1, 6-1; 2. Justine Haukebo (DL) def. Savanah Fore 6-1, 6-1; 3. Katie Anderson (DL) def. Mariah Craig 6-0, 6-4; 4. Becca Ask (DL) def. Alice Bertram 6-2, 6-2.

Doubles -- 1. Ashley Barutt/Jessica Lundstrom (CI) def. India Fritz/Brianna Seebold 6-1, 6-1; 2. Ashley Syverstson/Tess Hamre (DL) def. Vanessa Hudrlik/Brittney Metsa 6-2, 6-4; 3. Shannon Lundgren/Meredith Silgen (CI) def. Laurenn Johnson/Whitney Benscoter 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (6-4), (8-6).

Park Rapids 4, Lakers 3

Singles -- 1. Langworthy def. Christina Smith 3-6, 6-2, (7-1); 2. Julia Renner (PR) def. Huakebo 6-4, 6-2; 3. Anderson def. Emily Klingenberg 6-4, 6-4; 4. Ask 6-4, 0-6, (6-4).

Doubles -- 1. Mary Kading/Alyssa Carlson (PR) def. Hamre/Fritz 6-0, 6-1; 2. Karly Dickinson/Allie Girtz (PR) def. Syvertson/Seebold 6-0, 6-0; 3. Katie Walsh/Lexi Burlingame (PR) def. Brittany Burnside/Shantel Kluenenberg 6-3, 6-0.

Moorhead and Staples-Motley at Detroit Lakes, Tuesday, Sept. 1.

Spuds 5, Lakers 2

Singles -- 1. Langworthy def. Emma Connell 6-3, 6-2; 2. Haukebo def. Lizzy Ross 2-6, 6-4, 6-4; 3. Ceceli Bonnitto (Mhd) def. Anderson 6-3, 6-3; 4. Kirsten Hoaby (Mhd) def. Ask 6-0, 6-2.

Doubles -- 1. Layne Meyer/Samantha Nelson (Mhd) def. Hamre/Fritz 6-1, 6-4; 2. Molly Hagen/Brittany Glatt (Mhd) def. Seebold/Syvertson 6-1, 6-3; 3. Rachel Phelps/Breanna Turman (Mhd) def. Benscoter/Burnside 6-1, 6-2.

Cardinals 7, Lakers 0

Singles -- 1. Abby Edin (SM) def. Langworthy 6-2, 6-0; 2. MiKayla Wins (SM) def. Haukebo 6-1, 6-0; 3. Annie Kautto (SM) def. Anderson 4-6, 6-4, 7-5; 4. Jenna Kohlman (SM) def. Ask 6-3, 6-1.

Doubles -- 1. Ashley Lisson/Savanna Hill (SM) def. Hamre/Fritz 6-1, 6-4; 2. Hallie Olson/Brooke Wolhowe (SM) def. Seebold/Syvertson 6-1, 6-2; 3. Tera Weyer/Taylor Bissonette (SM) def. Kluenenberg/Benscoter 6-3, 6-3.