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Cardinals eliminate Laker tennis in subsections

No. 3 Alexandria swept all seven matches to eliminate No. 6 Detroit Lakes in Section 8AA subsection tennis Thursday in Grand Forks.

“I was proud of how we played,” DL head coach Tanner Beauchman said. “Alexandria is a really good team and they are hard to match up with.”

Cardinals’ singles players captured all four matches in straight sets. Brina Smith and Makenna Duncan got within a break of serve in their second sets at three and four doubles after tough first sets.

“I was really impressed with how we made adjustments after some rough first sets,” said Beauchman. “Brina and Makenna made some little adjustments after losing first sets and played great seconds sets. Maddie and Livi did the same thing. They took the coaching we gave them and used it to play a competitive second set.”

The top two singles players from Alex surrendered only five games in the two matches.

“Our doubles teams were very competitive,” said Beauchman. “Our one and two teams were right there. They battled right down to the end of their matches, but fell just short.

Kenzie Braukmann and Emily Skjonsberg pushed the top Cards duo of  Taylor Partington and Briana Holm four and four.

At two doubles, Mary Nelmark and Josey Allen took Madison Ressemann and Abigail Sater to a second set tiebreak falling 6-4, 7-6.

Livi Hanninen and Maddie Herzog responded after a first set loss at love to get three games in the final doubles match with Annie Handing and Kaylee Suee 6-0, 6-3.

The Lakers ended the season with an overall record of 9-10.  

“It was a big jump for us,” Beauchman said. “We return seven of our 10 next year and we have players who are going to play this off-season. I am looking forward to next season and I hope we can take another jump. We will miss our three seniors Livi, Maddie and Kenzie.”

Alex was defeated by Bemidji  5-2 in the quarterfinals. No. 1 St. Cloud and No. 2 Bemidji will meet in Sartell in one semifinal. No. 1 Brainerd and No. 3 Becker play in the other subsection final.

The individual tournament begins Friday, Oct. 6. Lakers competing drew tough draws. Shelby Busker faces Abbie Kelm from Bemidji, the number one seed and currently ranked sixth in the state. Braukmann and Skjonsberg drew the number one ranked doubles team. Brina Smith will also compete in singles and Nelmark and Allen in doubles.

Alexandria 7, Detroit Lakes 0


#1 Jamie Lanoue (A) over Shelby Busker (DL) 6-0, 6-3

#2 Laura Wilmesmeier (A) over Brea Johnson (DL) 6-1, 6-1

#3 Allison Prestby (A) over Brina Smith (DL) 6-0, 6-4

#4 Rachel Bitzan (A) over Makenna Duncan (DL) 6-1, 6-4


#1 Taylor Partington/Briana Holm (A) over Kenzie Braukmann/Emily Skjonsberg (DL) 6-4, 6-4

#2 Madison Ressemann/Abigail Sater Mary Nelmark/Josey Allen (DL) 6-4, 7-6

#3 Annie Handing/Kaylee Suee (A) over Livi Hanninen/Maddie Herzog (DL) 6-0, 6-3

Robert Williams

Sports Editor at the Detroit Lakes Tribune. Williams worked prior as the Sports Editor in Perham for the Focus, a Forum Communications newspaper, from 2010-14. 

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