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DL tennis takes another step despite two losses

Not everything is in black and white, especially in the game of tennis.

Although the Detroit Lakes girls' tennis team suffered a pair 6-1 losses to visiting Staples-Motley and Moorhead, the scores were not as bad as they appeared.

The Lakers brought the Mid-State Conference favorite Staples-Motley to several tiebreakers and third-set matches, with No. 4 singles player Shantel Kluenenberg picking up DL's lone win.

DL lost two tiebreakers, with No. 1 singles Joelle Langworthy losing to Andrea Koskiniemi on a 7-4 second-set tiebreaker.

The Lakers' top doubles team of Tess Hamre and Brianna Seebold brought the S-M duo of Hallie Olsen and Maggie O'Keefer to three sets, before falling 7-5 and 6-4 in the third.

"We were competing with them and it's good to see our girls play to that level," said DL head coach Kris Omberg. "It's baby steps and overall, it was good play."

Langworthy picked up the Lakers' only win at No. 1 singles against Moorhead, topping senior Lizzy Ross 6-1, 6-1.

"Moorhead has a very solid team, but our three and four singles had some longer points and had some better shots," Omberg said. "Joelle has been making some good contact and is using the strategy of moving from side to side.

"That's helping her control her matches better."

The Lakers will have a triangular in Park Rapids against the Panthers and Crosby-Ironton Thursday, starting at 9 a.m. and will host Fergus Falls and Thief River Falls Friday starting at noon.

Laker results

Staples-Motley and Moorhead at Detroit Lakes, Monday, Aug. 30.

S-M Cardinals 6, Lakers 1

Singles -- 1. Andrea Koskiniemi (SM) def. Joelle Langworthy 3-6, 7-6 (4-7); 2. Abby Smith (SM) def. Katie Anderson 6-3, 6-3; 3. Grace Wolhowe (SM) def. Laurenn Johnson 6-4, 6-1; 4. Shantel Kluenenberg (DL) def. Stephanie Hernandez 7-6 (7-4), 6-3.

Doubles -- 1. Hallie Olsen/Maggie O'Keefer (SM) def. Tass Hamre/Brianna Seebold 7-5, 2-6, 6-4; 2. Kelsey Zetah/Emily Israelson (SM) def. India Fritz/Emily Seebold 6-4, 6-1; 3. Taylor Bissonette/Lindsay Johnson (SM) def. Whitney Benscoter/Liz Steger 6-1, 6-1.

Spuds 6, Lakers 1

Singles -- 1. Langworthy def. Lizzy Ross 6-1, 6-1; 2. Ashley Wood (Mhd) def. Anderson 6-0, 6-1; 3. Brittany Glatt (Mhd) def. Johnson 6-0, 6-1; 4. Rachel Phelps (Mhd) def. Kluenenberg 6-0, 6-1.

Doubles -- 1. Layne Meyer/Samantha Nelson (Mhd) def. Hamre/B. Seebold 6-1, 6-1; 2. Seiko Shaskri/Brianna Tunnun (Mhd) def. Fritz/E. Seebold 6-1, 6-3; 3. Annie Matheson/Jessica Glatt (Mhd) def. Benscoter/Kira Leichter.

Brian Wierima
Detroit Lakes Newspapers Sports Editor for the last 15 years. St. Cloud State University graduate, who hails from Deer Creek, MN.