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Boys tennis: Lakers cruise past East Grand Forks after losing to Bemidji

Results from Detroit Lakes boys tennis at Bemidji.

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BEMIDJI – The Detroit Lakes boys tennis team came away from another triangular with a split.

After dropping their first match against Bemidji, the Lakers cruised past East Grand Forks 6-1.

“I think playing Bemiji fired up the boys for our second match against EGF,” Lakers’ head coach Zach Biggar said. “The doubles teams and I discussed some changes that I wanted to see between the two matches, and the boys executed much better in their second match. We played aggressively and took the match to them instead of playing a more passive match as we did against Bemidji. Up and down the lineup, the boys played tough.”

Connor Zamzo and Gavin Smith breezed past Tommy Loer and Tate Steenerson 6-1, 6-0 at No. 1 doubles. Gabe Reller and Breck Winter also dropped only one game at No. 2 doubles, while Elijah Blow and Cooper Moore pitched up a two-set win at No. 3 doubles.

Nate Ciahk took down Seth Aaker 6-3, 6-3 at No. 1 singles. Reed Henderson and Jordan Fields also won competitive two-set matches at Nos. 2 and 3 singles. Jonah Tollefson was the only member of the Green Wave to pick up a point with a 2-6, 7-6, 10-8 win at No. 4 singles over Cole Deraney.

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The Lakers ran into the reigning section champions in their first match of the day. The Lumberjacks won all seven matches in two sets.

“Bemidji is always a tough team to play,” Biggar said. “Kyle Fodness does a great job preparing his team and getting his guys to play consistent tennis. We knew going into the match that it was going to be a test, and they were going to force our doubles and singles guys to execute when they had opportunities. We played them tough, but they were the better team today. We will continue to work on execution and footwork because those are the two things that are separating us from other teams.”

BEMIDJI 7, DETROIT LAKES 0

SINGLES- No. 1 Matt Benhamou (B) def. Nate Cihak 6-0, 6-2, No. 2- Noah Johnson (B) def. Reed Henderson 6-2, 7-6, No. 3- Reed Johnson (B) def. Cole Deraney 6-0, 6-4, No. 4- Seth Lindgen (B) def. Cooper Moore 6-2, 6-0

DOUBLES- No. 1- John McNallan-Casey Rupp (B) def. Connor Zamzo-Jordan Fields 7-5, 6-0, No. 2- Max Harris-Jacob Furhman (B) def. Gavin Smith-Gabe Reller 6-0, 6-2, No. 3- Aiden Larson-Jack McNallan (B) def. Breck Winter-Elijah Blow 6-0, 6-1

DETROIT LAKES 6, EAST GRAND FORKS 1

SINGLES- No. 1- Nate Cihak (D) def. Seth Aaker 6-3, 6-3, No. 2- Reed Henderson (D) def. Carson Knutson 6-2, 6-1, No. 3- Jordan Fields (D) def. Thomas McMahon 6-4, 7-6, No. 4- Jonah Tollefson (E) def. Cole Deraney 2-6, 7-6, 10-8

DOUBLES- No. 1- Connor Zamzo-Gavin Smith (D) def. Tommy Loer-Tate Steenerson 6-1, 6-0, No. 2- Gabe Reller-Breck Winter (D) def. Trey D’Heilly-Tanner Campos 6-0, 6-1, No. 3- Elijah Blow-Cooper Moore (D) def. Jeb Haaven-Farstad-Kai Campos

Jared Rubado is the sports editor for the Detroit Lakes Tribune and the Perham Focus. He moved to the area in September of 2021 after covering sports for the Alexandria Echo Press for nearly three years. Jared graduated from the University of Augustana in 2018 with degrees in journalism and sports managment.
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