The Moorhead Spuds tweaked its lineup in singles after dropping three of four matches in a close win over DL Thursday and eliminated Detroit Lakes from the Section 8AA tournament 5-2 Thursday, Oct. 3 at Choice Fitness in Grand Forks
The Spuds pulled out a pair of three-set victories to seal the win.
“It was a great learning experience to have a tight match in postseason play,” DL head coach Tanner Beauchman said. “Overall, I was really proud of our girls. We played well and did everything we could to win the dual. In the end, Moorhead was able to find another gear and pull out some close matches.”
Chloe Will and Mary Nelmark cruised at two-doubles allowing only two games in a quick victory.
“Mary and Chloe played really well,” Beauchman said. “Mary dominated the match with her net play and Chloe did a great job of setting up Mary.”
Shelby Busker defeated Azylen Lunak at two-singles winning 6-1 in the third.
“Lunak is a big hitter and Shelby had to follow a game-plan to counter her ability to put balls away” said Beauchman. “Shelby did a great job of limiting her opportunities by taking away her angles.”
The Spuds picked up straight set victories at one and three singles, along with three-doubles.
Kylie Dumas and Rachel Craig needed three sets to dispatch DL’s top doubles duo of Makenna Duncan and Emily Skjonsberg 3-6, 6-4, 6-2.
Moorhead’s Josie Palmer defeated Siri Vagle 6-4, 6-7, 10-4 in a long match at four-singles.
“Her match was over 2.5 hours long, and it was shortened by a third set tiebreak,” said Beauchman. “Without the tiebreak, it would have been pushing three hours. It was shortened because the dual was decided. I was really proud of Siri. She rebounded after losing a tough set and pulled out a tight second set.”
The individual tournament begins Friday. Brina Smith earned the six seed. She is the only player in the tournament to beat the No. 1 seed Savannah Haugen (Bemidji) in the regular season. Emily Skjonsberg and Makenna Duncan earned the five seed. Shelby Busker will play singles and Mary Nelmark and Josey Allen will play doubles.
Section 8AA playoffs, first round.
MOORHEAD 5, DETROIT LAKES 2
No. 1 - Katryna Hansen, MOORHEAD def. Brina Smith, DETROIT LAKES, 6-3, 6-3
No. 2 - Shelby Busker, DETROIT LAKES def. Azylen Lunak, MOORHEAD, 6-3, 5-7, 6-1
No. 3 - Nicole Hoogland, MOORHEAD def. Josey Allen, DETROIT LAKES, 6-4, 6-1
No. 4 - Josie Palmer, MOORHEAD def. Siri Vagle, DETROIT LAKES, 6-4, 6-7, 10-4
No. 1 - Kylie Dumas - Rachel Craig, MOORHEAD def. Makenna Duncan - Emily Skjonsberg, DETROIT LAKES, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2
No. 2 - Chloe Will - Mary Nelmark, DETROIT LAKES def. Emma Craig - Anna Kaiser, MOORHEAD, 6-0, 6-2
No. 3 - Ashley Knutson - Bailey Overbo, MOORHEAD def. Marit Engum - Mya Anderson, DETROIT LAKES, 6-4, 6-1