Girls tennis: Lakers pick up second win over East Grand Forks

The Detroit Lakes girls tennis team beat East Grand Forks 5-2 for its second win over the Green Wave this season.

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DETROIT LAKES – The Detroit Lakes girls tennis team won its second head-to-head meeting of the season against East Grand Forks on Monday.

The Lakers beat the Green Wave 5-2 in a dual where Detroit Lakes head coach Greg Unruh won the chess match.

“I figured EGF would change their lineup after we beat them in Bemidji,” Unruh said. “I guessed right in what I thought they would do. They played their top two players in singles where they knew we would have trouble with them. This gave us a chance at the other five spots, and our girls responded well, winning at Nos. 3 and 4 singles and sweeping all three doubles matches.”

Ari Leitheiser and Megan Lunde beat Lila Rothenberger and Erin Bowman 6-3, 6-4 at No. 1 doubles. Abby Noll and Amaya LeCleir won a three-set thriller at No. 2 doubles, while Claire Pazdernik and Natalie Carlson also won in three sets over Kaitlyn Polley and Karlee Walsh.

Avery Klabundy picked up a straight sets win over Bryn Hanson at No. 3 singles. Allie Bolar also won in straight sets over Sam Zimmerman at No. 4 singles.


“It’s not often that we have a Monday match and after practice got rained out on Friday,” Unruh said. “I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. It turned out well. Tennis is a strange sport. EGF beats teams that beat us, but we continue to beat them. Go figure.”


SINGLES- Emma Farder (E) def. Anna Askelson 6-2, 6-1; No. 2- Ruby Leech (E) def. Jaden Mercil 6-0, 6-2; No. 3- Avery Klabunde (D) def. Bryn Hanson 6-0, 6-4; No. 4- Allie Bolar (D) def. Sam Zimmerman 6-3, 6-1

DOUBLES- No. 1- Ari Leitheiser-Megan Lunde (D) def. Lila Rothenberger-Erin Bowman 6-3, 6-4; No. 2- Abby Noll-Amaya LeCleir 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (3); No. 3- Claire Pazdernik-Natalie Carlson (D) def. Kaitlyn Polley-Karlee Walsh 6-2, 3-6, 6-1

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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