Detroit Lakes tennis downs Perham for fourth victory

Lakers swept all three doubles matches against a shorthanded Yellowjackets team.

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Gavin Smith destroys a winner volleying at the net in a doubles victory over Perham Thursday, April 29, 2021. Robert Williams / Tribune

The Detroit Lakes boys tennis team won for the fourth time in five matches Thursday, April 29, after a 5-2 home victory over Perham in gusty conditions.

“Unfortunately, we were down a couple of guys today so I was extremely impressed with the guys that stepped up today and filled those holes,” Laker head coach Zach Biggar said.

The Yellowjackets were section finalists in 2019, but the COVID canceled season, along with a big graduating class from that team have left the Yellowjackets in a rebuilding situation under new head coach Lori Peterson.

Peterson’s club has less than a dozen players on both varsity and the JV.

“Perham has made things tough for us in the past, especially with doubles, so I was happy to see that the guys had some success in that category,” said Biggar.


Connor Zamzo hits and inside-out forehand crosscourt in a three and four victory at one doubles with Gavin Smith Thursday, April 29, 2021, at the DLHS tennis courts. Robert Williams / Tribune

All three Laker doubles pairings swept their respective matches in straight sets, led by the top duo of Connor Zamzo and Gavin Smith, three and four winners over Soren Anderson and Jack Fudge, Perham.

Parker Davis moved up to two doubles with Gabriel Reller The duo defeated Hudson Hackel and Michael Anderson one and four.

The three doubles pairing of Elijah Blow and Cooper Moore dropped only three games in a one and two victory over Reece Willprecht and Avery Halvorson.

Perham and DL split the four singles matches.

Nate Cihak rips a topspin forehand in his 6-2, 6-3 victory at two singles over Perham's Michael Schwantz Thursday, April 29, 2021. Robert Williams / Tribune


Nate Cihak was a two and three winner at two singles over Michael Schwantz.

Cole Deraney blanked Perham’s Noah Brasel at love.

“It was a windy day today which makes things tough on the court,” said Biggar. “I was happy that we didn't try to do too much and stay in our lane.”

The Lakers are back at home Friday, April 30 in a triangular against Bemidji and Fergus Falls.

Detroit Lakes 5, Perham 2


No. 1 - Josh Peterson, Perham def. Reed Henderson, Detroit Lakes, 6-0, 6-1;

No. 2 - Nathan Cihak, Detroit Lakes def. Michael Schwantz, Perham, 6-2, 6-3;


No. 3 - Jack Birkeland, Perham def. Breck Winter, Detroit Lakes, 6-2, 6-4;

No. 4 - Cole Deraney, Detroit Lakes def. Noah Brasel, Perham, 6-0, 6-0;


No. 1 - Connor Zamzo, Gavin Smith, Detroit Lakes def. Soren Anderson, Jack Fudge, Perham, 6-3, 6-4;

No. 2 - Parker Davis, Gabriel Reller, Detroit Lakes def. Hudson Hackel, Michael Anderson, Perham, 6-1, 6-4;

No. 3 - Elijah Blow, Cooper Moore, Detroit Lakes def. Reece Willprecht, Avery Halvorson, Perham, 6-1, 6-2.

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Robert Williams has been a sports editor for Forum Communications in Perham and Detroit Lakes since 2011.
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