Laker tennis faces stiff competition at Bemidji triangular
The Detroit Lakes tennis team suffered a pair of tough losses at a triangular in Bemidji Tuesday. The Lakers fell 7-0 to the defending subsection champions hosting the meet and 6-1 to Crookston. "This is the second time we have played Bemidji in ...
The Detroit Lakes tennis team suffered a pair of tough losses at a triangular in Bemidji Tuesday.
The Lakers fell 7-0 to the defending subsection champions hosting the meet and 6-1 to Crookston.
“This is the second time we have played Bemidji in the past eight days, losing last Tuesday 6-1,” DL head coach Tanner Beauchman said. “The first time they rested a few of their varsity players, but today we saw them at full strength. They showed us why they are the defending champions of our subsection. We can't match their depth, and the top of their lineup is tough. It made for a difficult match.”
Bemidji won all seven matches in straight sets, including a one and three victory for top singles player Abbie Kelm over Dani Unruh and Ally Tiedemann defeating Grace Kinney at love in No. 2 singles.
“Abbie and Alexis are so dependable for us,” said BHS coach Mark Fodness. “They keep winning and it’s a real luxury to have two players who you can always count on to come up with wins under pressure.”
In three doubles matches, the Lumberjacks gave up only four games and showed their team depths winning at love in No. 3 doubles and No. 4 singles play.
Crookston provided another stiff test. The Pirates are ranked No. 7 in Class A.
“We moved some people around in our lineup to get our younger players some singles experience,” Beauchman said. “Emily Skjonsberg played really well. She hasn't got to play a lot of singles this season, but her performance showed me I might need to find a way to get her in our singles lineup. Grace Kinney played really well in her first doubles match this year. Crookston is known to have tough doubles teams every year, and Grace stepped in to the number one doubles spot with Emma Maguire and gave their number one team a tough match.”
Unruh picked up the Lakers’ lone victory defeating top singles player for the Pirates Ally Tiedemann in a tight match that went the distance 6-2, 5-7, 10-8. The win was Unruh’s second over Tiedemann.
“Ally was coming off some big wins,” Beauchman said. “She just beat Haley Wiebolt from Pequot Lakes, who won our conference tournament Saturday.”
Tiedemann had a tough day losing two matches as Kelm defeated her in the Bemidji match one and two.
DL’s Kinney, a freshman, and Maguire, a senior, fell three and four at No. 1 doubles to Crookston seniors Leah Trostad and Elisa Samuelson.
The Lakers return home Thursday afternoon to face Perham at 4:30 p.m.
( Kristopher Lodes of the Forum News Service contributed to this story)
Little Falls at Detroit Lakes, Mollberg Field, Saturday, Aug. 22.
Bemidji 7, Detroit Lakes 0
#1 Abbie Kelm (B) over Dani Unruh (DL) 6-1, 6-3
#2 Alexis Konecne (B) over Grace Kinney (DL) 6-0, 6-0
#3 Nikki Anderson-Weir (B) over Shelby Busker (DL) 6-1, 6-3
#4 Laura Palmer (B) over Brea Johnston (DL) 6-0, 6-0
#1 Edlund/Offerdahl (B) over Maguire/Sonstegard (DL) 6-0, 6-0
#2 Eichstadt/Rickert (B) over Ring/Nickolauson (DL) 6-1, 6-1
#3 Serratorre/Jones (B) over Skjonsberg/Stewart (DL) 6-0, 6-0
Crookston 6, Detroit Lakes 1
#1 Dani Unruh (DL) over Ally Tiedemann (Cr) 6-2, 5-7, 10-8
#2 Allysa Fee (Cr) over Shelby Busker (DL) 6-3, 6-0
#3 Amy Follette (Cr) over Brea Johnston (DL) 6-0, 6-0
#4 Jaeden Lizakowski (Cr) over Emily Skjonsberg (DL) 6-3, 6-2
#1 Trostad/Samuelson (Cr) over Kinney/Maguire (DL) 6-3, 6-4
#2 Demerais/Wehouski (Cr) over Sonstegard/Ring (DL) 6-1, 6-0
#3 Schultz/Turnquist (Cr) over Nickolauson/Stewart (DL) 6-0. 6-1