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DL tennis gets season off on the right track

Josey Allen, left, celebrates her teammate Mary Nelmark's overhead smash for a point in No. 1 doubles victory Thursday. Robert Williams / Tribune

The Laker girls opened the home schedule with a dual victory over Fergus Falls 5-2 in Section 8AA matchup Thursday, Aug. 23.

“It wasn't always pretty but we got the job done,” head coach Tanner Beauchman. “We seemed to have some first dual jitters and struggled to find a consistent level of play. There were moments we looked really good, and stretches we made some bad mental mistakes. Hopefully we can use the tournament in Crookston on Saturday to work on a few things before heading into some big conference and section matches.”

The Otters swept the top two singles matches getting wins from Ellie Colbeck and Kailyn Richey, but the Lakers got the win taking all three doubles matches and the bottom pair of singles matches.

“I was impressed with the way Chloe Will and Brea Johnson played,” Beauchman said. “They had never played together before but they seemed to communicate well and their styles of play seemed to mesh really well.”


The duo made quick work of the Otters’ Olivia Kaliner and Mackenzie Krava at two-doubles.

The seasoned pair of Josey Allen and Mary Nelmark won in three sets over Renee Schueng and Elissa Lee at one-doubles 6-1, 4-6, 6-1.

Newcomers Mercedez Bellanger and Lauryn Manning continued to play well with a 6-4, 7-6 victory over Mia Marsh and Leila Nasri in the final doubles match.

At three and four-singles, respectively Emily Skjonsberg (6-1, 6-3) and Makenna Duncan (6-2, 6-3) cruised in straight sets.

“Emily looked like a strong No. 3 singles player,” Beauchman said. “Emily is more comfortable playing doubles but there are times we need her to play singles. She is our biggest hitter and she is learning when to use her pace.”

Tournament play in Crookston on Saturday, Aug. 25 begins at 9 a.m.

Detroit Lakes 5, Fergus Falls 2


#1 Ellie Colbeck (FF) over Brina Smith (DL) 6-1, 6-3

#2 Kailyn Richey (FF) over Shelby Busker (DL) 6-0, 7-6

#3 Emily Skjonsberg (DL) over Ava Weber (FF) 6-1, 6-3

#4 Makenna Duncan (Dl) over Carlie Mies (FF) 6-2, 6-3


#1 Josey Allen/Mary Nelmark (DL) over Renee Schueng/Elissa Lee (FF) 6-1, 4-6, 6-1

#2 Chloe Will/Brea Johnson (DL) over Olivia Kaliner/Mackenzie Krava (FF) 6-3, 6-1

#3 Mercedez Bellanger/Lauryn Manning (DL) over Mia Marsh/Leila Nasri (FF) 6-4, 7-6

Robert Williams

Sports Editor at the Detroit Lakes Tribune. Williams worked prior as the Sports Editor in Perham for the Focus, a Forum Communications newspaper, from 2010-14. 

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