Singles players improve compete levels against Thief River Falls

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The Laker girls tennis team showed a jump in competitiveness against undefeated Thief River Falls Thursday on the road in a 6-1 loss to the Prowlers.

“Two weeks ago we only managed to win 19 games against Thief River Falls,” head coach Greg Unruh said. “Today, we won three sets and a match.”

With fresh faces up and down the roster, the match day lineup is starting to solidify for Unruh, who has his singles players set after rotating some players up to this point.

DL held early leads in two through four singles and got a second straight victory at four-singles from Amaya LeCleir.

“Amaya is a hard worker,” said Unruh. “She hit for nearly an hour after practice on Tuesday and that paid off for her in a hard fought three-set win for us today.”


LeCleir defeated Braylee Wienen after a first set tiebreak loss closing out the match 6-4 in the second set and 10-6 in the third.

Marit Engum went the distance losing a tough three-setter at three-singles. Engum won the first set with two breaks of serve 6-2, but Avery Skaar rallied to take the match two-and-two in the second and third.

Mya Anderson was defeated at two-singles three and two by Bell Hamre but impressed Unruh.

“Marit and Mya are becoming pretty solid singles players for us,” he said. “It's pleasing to see since they played doubles almost exclusively in the past.”

The Laker doubles lineup is still a work in progress, according to Unruh.

“We are still trying to figure out the right combinations,” he said. “If we are going to have more success in the future, then we need to play better doubles. Right now we are putting too much pressure on our singles players. A win or two in doubles will help with that.”

The Prowlers only allowed DL three games in a sweep of all six sets.

DL (1-6) will make up a postponed match with Crosby-Ironton Friday, Sept. 18 at home beginning at 4 p.m.


Thief River Falls 6, Detroit Lakes 1


No. 1 - Brooklyn Broadwell, TRF def. Siri Vagle, DL, 6-1, 6-0;

No. 2 - Bell Hamre, TRF def. Mya Anderson, DL, 6-3, 6-2;

No. 3 - Avery Skaar, TRF def. Marit Engum, DL, 3-6, 6-2 , 6-2;

No. 4 - Amaya LeCleir, DL def. Braylee Wienen, TRF, 6-7 (8), 6-4, 10-6.


No. 1 - Emma Fagerstrom, TRF - Brooklyn Brouse, TRF def. Megan Lunde, DL - Jaden Mercil, DL, 6-0, 6-1;


No. 2 - Abby Flanagan, TRF - Stephanie Dagg, TRF def. Abby Noll, DL - Harper Bellefeuille, DL, 6-1, 6-1;

No. 3 - Trista Spears, TRF - Avery Malone, TRF def. Taylor Winter, DL - Anna Askelson, DL, 6-0, 6-0.

Robert Williams has been a sports editor for Forum Communications in Perham and Detroit Lakes since 2011.
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