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Girls tennis: Jacks, Pirates handle Detroit Lakes at Bemidji tri

The Detroit Lakes girls tennis team suffered two losses at the Bemidji triangular on Tuesday.

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BEMIDJI – The Detroit Lakes girls tennis team suffered two losses at the Bemidji triangular on Tuesday.

The Lakers fell to the Lumberjacks and Crookston each by a score of 6-1.

“Today’s matches with Bemidji and Crookston were closer than the scores indicated, “head coach Greg Unruh said. “Once again, it came down to tiebreaks, with the Lakers dropping 5-of-6 breakers. I hate to beat a dead horse to death, but we are so close to ruining somebody’s day or season. We tend to get too excited when we have chances to win sets and matches. We talk about trying to keep an even keel on all shots. If you get too excited or emotional on put-away shots, you are going to make a lot of errors. We had plenty of chances today. I can’t get down on these girls as they fight, scratch and claw to try and get wins.”

Jaden Mercil earned her 10th win of the season against Bemidji. She beat Aline Arenas 6-4, 2-6, 12-10. Avery Klabunde won the lone match against Crookston, beating Jenna Seaver 6-0, 6-4. It was Klabunde’s fifth win this fall.

“If we can get over the mental hump that it takes to win close matches, we will be on our way,” Unruh said. “We’re close. We play Perham-New York Mills on Thursday. They are having a great season. I hope the strength of our schedule can keep us in that match. We just need to work hard and believe we can do it.”

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BEMIDJI 6, DETROIT LAKES 1

SINGLES- No. 1- Emily Dondelinger (B) def. Anna Askelson 6-1, 6-0; No. 2- Anna Glen (B) def. Amaya LeCleir 4-6, 6-3, 10-6; No. 3- Jaden Mercil (D) def. Aline Arenas 6-4, 2-6, 12-10; No. 4- Elizabeth Peterson (B) def. Avery Klabunde 6-1, 6-4

DOUBLES- No. 1- Darby Neis-Madison Jensen (B) def. Arianna Leitheiser-Megan Lunde 6-2, 7-5; No. 2- Kendal Midboe-Elena Peterson (B) def. Abby Noll-Allie Bolar 7-5, 6-1; No. 3- Noelle Mueller-Samatha Wood (B) def. Claire Pazdernok-Natalie Carlson 6-1, 7-6 (5)

CROOKSTON 6, DETROIT LAKES 1

SINGLES- Halle Winjum (CR) def. Anna Askelson 6-1, 6-1; No. 2- Isabelle Smith (CR) def. Amaya LeCleir 6-3, 6-3; No. 3- Addie Fee (CR) def. Jaden Mercil 6-4, 7-5; No. 4- Avery Klabunde (D) def. Jenna Seaver 6-0, 6-4

DOUBLES- No. 1- Abigail Borowicz-Emma Gunderson (CR) def. Arianna Leitheiser-Megan Lunde 4-6, 6-2, 10-3; No. 2- Brekken Tull-Kaylie CLauson (CR) def. Abby Noll-Allie Bolar 6-1, 7-5; No. 3- Morgan Nelson-Paige Abrahamson (CR) def. Maren Strawsell-Ella Cummings 6-1, 7-6 (6)

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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