Laker tennis splits with Thief River Falls, Moorhead

Gavin Smith picks up two victories, one at singles and one at doubles, to lead the Lakers at home.

Gavin Smith completed a successful day on the courts Friday, May 7, 2021, picking up victories in both singles and doubles play of a triangular with Thief River Falls and Moorhead. Robert Williams / Tribune

Detroit Lakes split two matches in a home tennis triangular with Thief River Falls and Moorhead Friday, May 7.

The Lakers fell in the opener to Thief River Falls 6-1.

Gavin Smith moved from his usual spot at 1-doubles to the second singles match and had a fight on his hands to get the Lakers on the scoreboard.

Smith’s match with Isaiah Villareal was the only of the seven to go the distance. Villareal opened with a 6-3 first set win. Smith answered with the break in the second winning 6-4 and won the race to 10 in the third pro set 10-8.

The Prowlers were in command of five matches, including all three doubles tilts.


DL’s Reed Henderson challenged Reece Janisch at 1-singles. Janisch won 7-5, 7-6.

The Lakers flipped the script against the Spuds taking six of seven matches from Moorhead in the nightcap.

Nate Cihak, Austin Miller, and Cole Deraney picked up straight set victories at two through four singles.

The Lakers doubles teams won all three contests in straight sets.

Smith and Connor Zamzo won by a break in each set at 1-doubles.

Smith was the lone Laker to have two wins on the day and did it in both disciplines.

DL’s second pairing of Gabe Reller and Brodie Cariveau won four and love.

Elijah Blow and Parker Davis were three and three winners at 3-doubles.


The 7-4 Lakers travel to Minnewaska Thursday, May 13 and play again at home Monday, May 17 against Osakis.

Thief River Falls 6, Detroit Lakes 1


1 - Reece Janisch, TRF def. Reed Henderson 7-5, 7-6 (5)

2 - Gavin Smith, DL def. Isaiah Villareal 3-6, 6-4, 10-8

3 - JJ Cornelius, TRF def. Parker Davis 6-2, 6-1

4 - Ethan Lunsetter, TRF def. Cole Deraney 6-4, 6-4



1 - Jack Onkka, Dylan Hahn, TRF def. Connor Zamzo, Nate Cihak 6-2, 6-3

2 - Camden Broadwell, Rhett Janisch, TRF def. Austin Miller, Gabe Reller 6-0, 6-2

3 - Jett Cornelius, Spencer Hempel, TRF def. Elijah Blow, Brodie Cariveau 6-2, 6-4.

Detroit Lakes 6, Moorhead 1


1 - Ives Hilgers, MHD def. Reed Henderson 6-2, 6-1

2 - Nate Cihak, DL def. Oscar Bergason 6-0, 6-2


3 - Austin Miller, DL def. Brody Hansen 6-1, 6-0

4 - Cole Deraney, DL def. Isidro Lopez 7-6 (3), 6-2.


1 - Connor Zamzo, Gavin Smith, DL def. Adam Pettys, Henry Skatvold 6-4, 6-4

2 - Gabe Reller, Brodie Cariveau, DL def. Mason Voxland, Ben Voxland 6-4, 6-0

3 - Elijah Blow, Parker Davis, DL def. Lane Cirks, Elliot Kolle 6-3, 6-3.

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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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