The Detroit Lakes tennis team picked up a pair of victories at a home triangular Friday, Sept. 6 against Crookston and Wadena-Deer Creek to improve to 7-0 on the season.
While the Lakers blanked the Wolverines, the matches were more competitive than the final team score indicated.
"Wadena is a team that works hard and makes you earn every point," DL head coach Tanner Beauchman said. "If you look at the set scores, there are some tight matches. I felt we came out a bit flat. It wasn't our best match, but we were fortunate to pick up a sweep."
DL's two through four singles players Shelby Busker, Josey Allen and Siri Vagle all won in straight sets.
Brina Smith rebounded from a set down to defeat Madison Packer at No. 1 singles 2-6, 6-3, 10-6.
"Brina did a great job of rebounding after losing the first set," Beauchman said. "Packer is a good player. She had already beaten Brina once this year. Brina beat her in their second meeting, and snuck by her today. Brina is a player that just finds a way to win matches. She has a lot of fight and she isn't afraid to change her game plan mid-match."
The Lakers doubles teams swept all three matches in straight sets. DL's No. 2 team of Chloe Will and Makenna Duncan allowed only three games in a 6-1, 6-2 victory.
Crookston took two singles matches and the No. 1 doubles match but the Lakers captured four of the five remaining contests to stay undefeated beating the Pirates 4-3.
"To be honest, this one didn't look good for a while," Beauchman said. "Crookston outplayed us at several spots that we were hoping to pick up wins."
Smith completed an undefeated day at the top singles spot defeating Hayden Winjum one and two.
Busker and Allen were defeated in straight sets, both players suffering their first losses in team duals this season.
Vagle and Will pulled out a tight third set tiebreaker 10-6 to even the dual score 2-2. Mary Nelmark battled back from a 3-0 second set deficit to win in straight sets and give DL a 3-2 lead.
Marit Engum and Mya Anderson sealed the victory with a third set tiebreaker win at No. 3 doubles.
"Our record in three set matches is 14-8 this year," said Beauchman.
DL is 7-2 in three-set matches in just dual competition.
"That has been huge for us," Beauchman said. "Our girls have been mentally tough all season long in tight matches. Hopefully, that continues as we move to a tough part of our schedule."
The Lakers travel to Bemidji Tuesday, Sept. 10 in tournament action and are back home Friday, Sept. 13 for a 4 p.m. dual with Thief River Falls.
DETROIT LAKES 7, WADENA-DEER CREEK 0
No. 1 - Brina Smith, DETROIT LAKES def. Madison Packer, WADENA-DEER CREEK , 2-6, 6-3, 10-6
No. 2 - Shelby Busker, DETROIT LAKES def. Corra Endres, WADENA-DEER CREEK , 7-6, 6-1
No. 3 - Josey Allen, DETROIT LAKES def. Libby Hartman, WADENA-DEER CREEK , 6-4, 7-5
No. 4 - Siri Vagle, DETROIT LAKES def. Genevieve Pinnella, WADENA-DEER CREEK , 6-4, 6-3
No. 1 - Emily Skjonsberg - Mary Nelmark, DETROIT LAKES def. Ashley Peterson - Kaylee Ova, WADENA-DEER CREEK , 6-2, 6-3
No. 2 - Chloe Will - Makenna Duncan, DETROIT LAKES def. Nevada Schulz - Katie Fiemeyer, WADENA-DEER CREEK , 6-1, 6-2
No. 3 - Marit Engum - Mya Anderson, DETROIT LAKES def. Kayla Meeks - Madelyn Gallant, WADENA-DEER CREEK , 6-1, 7-5
DETROIT LAKES 4, CROOKSTON 3
No. 1 - Brina Smith, DETROIT LAKES def. Hayden Winjum, CROOKSTON, 6-1, 6-2
No. 2 - Halle Winjum, CROOKSTON def. Shelby Busker, DETROIT LAKES , 6-0, 6-2
No. 3 - Emma Gunderson, CROOKSTON def. Josey Allen, DETROIT LAKES , 6-3, 6-1
No. 4 - Mary Nelmark, DETROIT LAKES def. Halle Bruggemann, CROOKSTON, 6-3, 7-5
No. 1 - Catherine Tiedemann - Emma Borowicz, CROOKSTON def. Emily Skjonsberg - Makenna Duncan, DETROIT LAKES , 6-2, 6-1
No. 2 - Chloe Will - Siri Vagle, DETROIT LAKES def. Hannah Lindemoen - Emma Osborn, CROOKSTON, 6-3, 4-6, 10-6
No. 3 - Marit Engum - Mya Anderson, DETROIT LAKES def. Eden Haller - Audrey Harbott, CROOKSTON, 5-7, 6-4, 10-6