The Detroit Lakes girls tennis team placed fourth in the seven-team Mid-State Conference championship tournament Saturday, Sept. 14 in Perham and Wadena.

Pequot Lakes scored 47 team points to win the tournament by 11 points over runners-up Perham. Staples-Motley placed third with 31 points, there in front of the Lakers.

"Pequot Lakes left everybody playing for second place," Laker head coach Tanner Beauchman said. "We got off to a good start, going 5-2 in the first round with two tight three-set losses, but struggled in the second round."

Shelby Busker had DL's best finish placing second overall at No. 2 singles winning two of three matches.

Chloe Will and Siri Vagle went 2-1 in three No. 2 doubles matches to place third and DL's top duo of Emily Skjonsberg and Makenna Duncan finished fifth with two wins.

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"We were competitive but couldn't seem to pull out third set matches which has been a strength of ours this year," Beauchman said. "I felt we were in the mix with Perham and Staples for second place, but Perham had our number today."

DL was winless in five matches against the Yellowjackets with three matches going to a deciding third set.

"Pulling a few of those out would have put us in the mix, but today wasn't our day. It was some good competition and hopefully we learned a few things to help us with the rest of the dual season," said Beauchman.

The Lakers continue to be road warriors traveling to Bemidji on Tuesday, Sept. 17 to face the Lumberjacks and Crookston with another road contest at Perham Thursday, Sept. 19.

DL has only played two home duals this season and have only one remaining, a weather make-up date with Thief River Falls Thursday, Sept. 26.

Mid-State Conference tennis tournament

Pequot Lakes 47, Perham 36, Staples-Motley 31, Detroit Lakes 28, Crosby-Ironton 22, Park Rapids 20, Wadena-Deer Creek 12.

Detroit Lakes finishes:


#1 Brina Smith, 0-2 (6th place)

#2 Shelby Busker, 2-1 (2nd place)

#3 Josey Allen, 1-2 (4th place)

#4 Mary Nelmark, 1-2 (4th place)


#1 Emily Skjonsberg, Makenna Duncan, 2-1 (5th place)

#2 Chloe Will, Siri Vagle, 2-1 (3rd place)

#3 Marit Engum, Mya Anderson, 1-2 (4th place)