The Moorhead Spuds swept doubles and picked up a victory at No. 1 singles to edge Detroit Lakes 4-3 at Courts Plus in Fargo Tuesday, Oct. 1 in a match that created a conundrum in section playoff rankings.
"It was a tough loss," DL head coach Tanner Beauchman said. "We had the chance to secure the third seed in the subsection, but we are now in a three-way tie with Alexandria and Moorhead."
Detroit Lakes, Moorhead and Alexandria will be the No. 3 through five seeds in the tournament, a decision that will come down to a coach's vote.
"We played well enough to get a win, and even had match points to secure the dual win, but it didn't happen," said Beauchman.
"Moorhead ended up strengthening their doubles lineup. Their No. 1 singles player has been playing well so they banked on her and their doubles teams. It worked out for them."
DL picked up wins at two through four singles. Shelby Busker defeated Nicole Hoogland four and four. Josey Allen rallied after dropping the first set to beat Josie Palmer 3-6, 6-4, 6-1. Siri Vagle gave up only three games in a one and two victory over Lydia Gross.
"Shelby played really well," said Beauchman. "She was forced to play a lot of balls, but she was patient and found a way to win. Josey's match was a roller coaster, but she came out on top. Siri looked really good. She stuck to her game plan and picked up a big win."
Moorhead's top doubles team cruised two and one over Emily Skjonsberg and Makenna Duncan. DL's third tandem of Marit Engum and Mya Anderson played a tight match dropping a break in each set of a four and four loss.
DL's best chance to secure the dual was at No. 2 doubles: DL's Chloe Will and Mary Nelmark versus the Spuds' Rachel Craig and Emma Craig.
Will and Nelmark won the first set quickly 6-1 but the Spuds rallied 6-4 in the second.
Both teams had match points in the third set.
The Lakers had two match points at 5-4, but were fought off. The DL duo fought off three match points trailing 6-5 to force a tiebreaker. Moorhead won seven of nine points to win 7-6 (7-2).
"I was proud of Mary and Chloe," said Beauchman. "They played really hard and left everything out on the court. In the end, things just didn't go our way."
Update: The seeding vote was held Wednesday morning with Detroit Lakes receiving No. 5 and Moorhead No. 4. The two teams will open the Section 8AA playoffs against each other at 8 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 3 at Choice Fitness in Grand Forks.
MOORHEAD 4, DETROIT LAKES 3
No. 1 - Katryna Hansen, MOORHEAD def. Brina Smith, DETROIT LAKES , 6-2, 6-1
No. 2 - Shelby Busker, DETROIT LAKES def. Nicole Hoogland, MOORHEAD , 6-4, 6-4
No. 3 - Josey Allen, DETROIT LAKES def. Josie Palmer, MOORHEAD , 3-6, 6-4, 6-1
No. 4 - Siri Vagle, DETROIT LAKES def. Lydia Gross, MOORHEAD , 6-1, 6-2
No. 1 - Kylie Dumas - Azylen Lunak, MOORHEAD def. Emily Skjonsberg - Makenna Duncan, DETROIT LAKES , 6-2, 6-1
No. 2 - Rachel Craig - Emma Craig, MOORHEAD def. Chloe Will - Mary Nelmark, DETROIT LAKES , 1-6, 6-4, 7-6
No. 3 - Anna Korsmo - Ashley Knutson, MOORHEAD def. Marit Engum - Mya Anderson, DETROIT LAKES , 6-4, 6-4