Girls tennis: Lakers get hard-earned split at Bemidji triangular

The Detroit Lakes girls tennis team bounced back from a hard-fought 7-0 loss against Bemidji to beat East Grand Forks 4-3 on Tuesday at the Bemidji triangular.

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BEMIDJI – The Detroit Lakes girls tennis team put its best foot forward and came away with a competitive split in Bemidji on Tuesday.

The Lakers won their first four matches in a 4-3 win over East Grand Forks. Three singles wins, and a No. 1 doubles win earned Detroit Lakes' second win of the season.

Amaya LeCleir made quick work of Bryn Hanson with a 6-0, 6-1 win at No. 2 singles. Jaden Mercil didn't drop a set to Emma Abbey at No. 3 singles, while Avery Klabunde picked up a 6-2, 6-0 win over Ireland Seydel.

Arianna Leitheiser and Megan Lunde beat Emma Farder and Erin Bowman 6-1, 6-3 at No. 1 doubles.

"What was significant about their win is the fact that Bowman and Farder had reached the doubles final of the Brainerd Tournament this last weekend," Detroit Lakes head coach Greg Unruh said. "Those are probably the most lop-sided scores we have had in a meet this season. The girls continued to work hard and deserved this win today. We have been playing well against tough opponents."


Bemidji got the better of Detroit Lakes in the first match of the day. The Lumberjacks beat the Lakers 7-0 despite many close sets.

"The scores were close," Unruh said. "We lost all three tiebreakers against the Lumberjacks today. If we start winning more tiebreakers, we will be on our way. It's a hump we have to get over. Fortunately, today we dominated the matches that we won against East side and didn't have to play any tie-breaks. As much as we dislike losing, the only way you get better at this sport is by playing against strong teams and players."


SINGLES- No. 1 Emily Dondelinger (B) def. Anna Askelson 6-1, 6-3; No. 2- Anna Glen (B) def. Jaden Mercil 6-3, 1-6, 10-6; No. 3- Aline Arenas (B) def. Avery Klabunde 6-5, 6-5; No. 4- Elizabeth Peterson (B) def. Allie Bolar 6-1, 6-4

DOUBLES- No. 1- Darby Ness-Madison Jensen (B) def. Arianna Leiitheiser-Amaya LeCleir 6-3, 6-4; No. 2- Kendal Midboe-Elena Peterson (B) def. Abby Noll-Megan Lunde 6-2, 4-6, 10-2; No. 3- Noelle Mueller-Samantha Wood (B) def. Claire Pazdernik-Natalie Carlson 7-6 (3), 6-3


SINGLES- No. 1- Ruby Leach (E) def. Askelson 6-4, 6-3; No. 2- LeCleir (D) def. Bryn Hanson 6-0, 6-1; No. 3- Mercil (D) def. Emma Abbey 6-0, 6-0; No. 4- Klabunde (D) def. Ireland Seydel 6-2, 6-0

DOUBLES- No. 1- Leitheiser-Lunde (D) def. Emma Farder-Erin Bowman 6-0, 6-3; No. 2- Lila Rothenberger-Maddie Povich (E) def. Noll-Bolar 6-0, 6-3; No. 3- Kate Cantera-Karlee Walsh (E) def. Pazdernik-Carlson 6-3, 6-2

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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