A group of seniors that helped revive the Detroit Lakes girls tennis program finished up their careers at the Section 8AA tournament in Grand Forks Friday, Oct. 5.
"It was a sad day," Detroit Lakes head coach Tanner Beauchman said. "Every one of them had played varsity for at least three years, many of them had played for four. They helped build our program and have aided in recruiting players. They were playing when we were a one-win team with low numbers. It is because of them we were a .500 team with numbers in the thirties. I can't say enough about the group of girls who are on their way out. I will miss them, and our program will miss them. They are such a good group and they have been around such a long time that other coaches were rooting for them in their matches today. They represented Detroit Lakes well and they should take pride in what they were able to accomplish."
The Lakers had a large group of 10 seniors on this year's team.
Emily Skjonsberg and Makenna Duncan advanced to the second round defeating Moorhead's Rachel Craig and Emma Craig 6-1, 6-4.
"Emily and Makenna were playing some of their best tennis," Beauchman said. "The Craigs, from Moorhead, are a good team, but Emily and Makenna were aggressive and controlled the match."
The DL duo lost in the second round to the No. 4-seeded tandem of Lily Jones and Ally Goeden of Brainerd three and four.
"In the second round, Emily and Makenna dealt with a really aggressive team," said Beauchman. "Emily and Makenna played a great match but Goeden and Jones put a lot of balls away. They moved really well and it was difficult to get balls by them."
The section draw pitted DL's top singles players Brina Smith and Shelby Busker with tough matchups, along with the second doubles duo of Mary Nelmark and Josey Allen.
Smith got out to a great start winning the first set 6-1 but Brainerd's Kate Chaussee made adjustments to win consecutive 7-5 sets to advance.
"Brina played really well," said Beauchman. "The rest of the match was a battle. They had some longer points, and it was back and forth the entire way."
Busker drew the No. 5 seed Katryna Hanson of Moorhead.
"Shelby also played some of her best tennis," said Beauchman. "She really frustrated Hanson with her consistency. Shelby won the second set, but Hanson did a good job of regrouping and came out aggressive in the third. She is capable of ending points and her game was really clicking."
The match saw plenty of service breaks ending 6-3, 1-6, 6-3.
Nelmark and Allen drew the No. 3 seeded Little Falls team of Sadie Sue Houdek and Beth Ahlin falling in straight sets love and one.
"They were two players who played singles for most of the year so we really didn't really know what to expect," Beauchman said. "They were really tough in all areas of the game. We tried a lot of different things, but they seemed to have an answer for everything we tried."
Round 1 Doubles
Emily Skjonsberg/Makenna Duncan (DL) over Rachel Craig/Emma Craig (Moorhead) 6-1, 6-4
No. 3 Sadie Sue Houdek/Beth Ahlin (Little Falls) over Mary Nelmark/Josey Allen (DL) 6-0, 6-1
Round 2 Doubles
No. 4 Lily Jones/Ally Goeden (Brainerd) over Emily Skjonsberg/Makenna Duncan (DL) 6-3, 6-4
Round 1 Singles
Kate Chaussee (Brainerd) over Brina Smith (DL) 1-6, 7-5, 7-5
Katryna Hanson #5 seed (Moorhead) over Shelby Busker (DL) 6-3, 1-6, 6-3