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Laker tennis takes two of three at Bemidji

Brina Smith and the Laker girls tennis team improved to 9-3 on the season after a pair of wins at the Bemidji quadrangular Tuesday in humid conditions. Robert Williams/Tribune

The Laker tennis team improved to 9-3 in duals this year after taking two of three matches at a quadrangular in Bemidji Tuesday.

Detroit Lakes defeated East Grand Forks 5-2, Staples-Motley 4-3 and lost their last match of the day to the host Lumberjacks 6-1.

Brina Smith and Makenna Duncan notched singles victories in the three and four spots of the lineup against the Green Wave, while the Lakers’ doubles teams swept for the 5-2 win.

“Our doubles teams executed fundamental doubles and earned a sweep,” head coach Tanner Beauchman said. “Brina Smith played an excellent match. She is striking the ball really well and playing with a lot of confidence.”

DL won the first set in five of the seven matches, two at love from Brina Smith and the three-doubles team of Livi Hanninen and Maddie Herzog. DL’s third duo won easily love and one. Both other doubles matches were straight set victories.

The Lakers trailed 3-1 to the Cardinals needing victories in the three remaining matches while the weather took its toll on the team, as well.

Mary Nelmark and Josey Allen defeated the Staples-Motley duo of Jenna Dvorak and Rose Han three and four in two-doubles, while Hanninen and Herzog delivered again in straight sets three and two.

Smith defeated Haylee Wold 7-6, 3-6, 10-8 and the dual came down to Duncan and she delivered again.

“It was her second dual-clinching, three-set victory of the season,” Beauchman said. “We battled the heat in this one and came out really sluggish. Several players had to take medical timeouts and we had to forfeit a match.”

Bemidji won six of seven matches in straight sets. Beauchman moved Duncan to three-doubles with Herzog hoping to get Duncan a short match, but DL’s third doubles duo went the distance winning 10-5 in the third for the lone point of the dual.

“Our goal was to get out of this match healthy,” said Beauchman. “We lost a player (Brea Johnston) to heat and the girls were tired after already playing two matches. Our JV did not travel with us, but our middle school did. After Brea went out, we needed a player to fill a spot.  Eighth-grader Harper Bellefeuille stepped into the lineup. Playing your first varsity match against one of the top teams in the section isn't ideal, but Harper did a good job. We played with our lineup trying to give some of our singles players a rest. Several of doubles players slid to singles, and some of our players were out of their comfort zones. We want to win, but player safety is more important.”

Detroit Lakes 5, East Grand Forks 2


#1 Jenna Dietrich (EGF) over Shelby Busker (DL) 6-0, 2-6, 10-6

#2 Maggie Dietrich (EGF) over Brea Johnston (DL) 6-3, 6-2

#3 Brina Smith (DL) over Brynn Havis (EGF) 6-0, 6-2

#4 Makenna Duncan (DL) over Katelyn Farder (EGF) 6-3, 4-6, 10-7


#1 Kenzie Braukmann/Emily Skjonsberg (DL) over Bailey McMahon/Kayla Partlow (EGF) 6-3, 6-3

#2 Mary Nelmark/Josey Allen (DL) over Delaney Aakes/McKenna Aitchison (EGF) 6-4, 7-5

#3 Livi Hanninen/Maddie Herzog (DL) over Aleah Hangslaben Kate Johnson (EGF) 6-0, 6-1

Detroit Lakes 4, Staples-Motley 3


#1 Kelsi Peterson (SM) over Shelby Busker (DL) 6-2, 6-2

#2 Claire Wolhowe (SM) over Brea Johnston (DL) 6-0, retired

#3 Brina Smith (DL) over Beth Johnson (SM) 6-3, 6-2

#4 Makenna Duncan (DL) over Haylee Wold (SM) 7-6, 3-6, 10-8


#1 Bryn Williams/Anna Willgohs (SM) over Kenzie Braukmann/Emily Skjonsberg (DL) 6-1, 6-1

#2 Mary Nelmark/Josey Allen (DL) over Jenna Dvorak/Rose Han (SM) 6-3, 6-4

#3 Livi Hanninen/Maddie Herzog (DL) over Katie Johnson/Brittany Lisson (SM) 6-3, 6-2

Bemidji 6, Detroit Lakes 1


#1 Abby Kelm (B) over Emily Skjonsberg (DL) 6-0, 6-0

#2 Lauren Palmer (B) over Brina Smith (DL) 6-1, 6-0

#3 Savannah Haugen (B) over Livi Hainen (DL) 6-1, 6-1

#4 Denee Barrett (B) over Harper Bellefeuille (DL) 6-0, 6-0


#1 Sam Edlund/Taylor Offerdahl (B) over Shelby Busker/Kenzie Braukmann (DL) 6-1, 6-0

#2 Caitlen McCullum/Nettie Kimbal (B) over Josey Allen/Mary Nelmark (DL) 6-2, 6-2

#3 Makenna Duncan/Maddie Herzog (DL) over Hannah Nelson/Lexi Leitner (B) 4-6, 7-6, 10-5

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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