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Girls Tennis: Close match finally tilts Lakers’ way

The Detroit Lakes girls’ tennis team was a skip behind without one of their top players in India Fritz, but the Lakers still played well enough to be in their match with Wadena-Deer Creek Friday.

The Wolverines nevertheless pulled out the 6-1 victory, after sweeping singles play.

“We played without India Fritz, which forced the girls to play higher in our lineup,” said DL head coach Tanner Beauchman. “Despite missing India, we were competitive. It was a tough loss because we played well enough to win.”

Despite the score, three matches went to the third set, while DL’s second doubles team of Devree Bunnis and Carolyn Kinney topped Erin Johnson and Abby Wegscheid 6-0, 7-6.

Dani Unruh was DL’s lone victor against Crookston in a 6-1 loss, as she beat Amber Trosted 6-3, 6-3. The win brings her dual record to 5-2 on the season. 

“We played without three of our varsity players and were overmatched,” Beauchman said. “Dani Unruh picked up a big win and has been playing very well. Hopefully she can carry that momentum into the Mid-State Conference meet Saturday.”

Tuesday also marked the varsity debuts of both seventh grader Grace Kinney and eighth grader Adrianna Brehm, as each played competitively against their Crookston third doubles opponents.

The Lakers will travel to Park Rapids Wednesday for a triangular against the Panthers and Crosby-Ironton, as they prepare for the conference meet in Park Rapids Saturday, starting at 10 a.m.  

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The Lakers were able to pull off a close win Tuesday in the Bemidji triangular with a 4-3 win over East Grand Forks.

Unruh’s No. 1 singles match was the deciding factor, as the Laker pulled it off with a 6-3, 7-6 victory over Chessa Jones.

“We’ve lost some close duals and it felt great to finally win a close one,” Beauchman said. “Dani ground out a big dual, clinching the win for us. I didn’t tell her the dual rested on her match, but I think she knew. She handled the pressure well.”

Fritz and Emily Seebold won their No. 1 doubles match in straight sets, while Carolyn Kinney and Devree Bunnis captured the No. 2 doubles, winning 6-0, 6-2.

The third doubles was forfeit by EGF due to a lack of players.

DL fell to Bemidji 7-0.

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