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Tuesday at home. Robert Williams / Tribune

The Laker girls tennis team split two matches at a home triangular with Moorhead and Staples-Motley Tuesday, Aug. 28.

The Spuds defeated DL 6-1, but the Lakers responded with a 5-2 victory over the Cardinals.

“Moorhead has been the most improved team we've seen this year,” head coach Tanner Beauchman said. “Their lineup is solid up and down. We knew going in it was going to be tough, but we thought we could push them. The 1-6 score doesn't show how close this match was. We had three matches go to three sets, but we fell short in all three.”

Brina Smith had the lone Laker win at No. 1 singles defeating Sydney Mjoen two and two.

“Brina played a smart match,” Beauchman said. “She followed her game plan and showed a strong offensive game. We get to play Moorhead again on October 2 and hopefully, we can pull out some of these tough matches and maybe even steal a win.”

The Lakers have been playing without Brea Johnson, who is sidelined with a shoulder injury. Beauchman has shuffled his lineup around in her absence.

Smith made it a sweep at one-singles to improve to 4-1 on the season after defeating Lauren Rutten 6-2, 6-2. Smith played at three-singles last year and has moved up and taken on the pace of the top singles position.

“Sometimes making that jump to No. 1 can be difficult, but Brina seems up to the challenge,” Beauchman said.

The Lakers came out flat against the Cardinals losing the first set in four matches.

Mary Nelmark and Makenna Duncan were able to regroup and get three-set wins in singles.

Emily Skjonsberg and Josey Allen were able to overcome a first set dropped at love to win their match in three sets.  

Chloe Will and Siri Vagle cruised over Georgia Kruchlen and Amy Rollins 6-3, 6-0 in the third doubles match.

“I was proud of the mental strength our girls showed and their ability to make adjustments proved to be the difference maker,” Beauchman said.

Moorhead defeated Staples-Motley 6-1 in the third match.

The Lakers play Friday, Aug. 31 in Fergus Falls against the Otters and Little Falls beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Moorhead 6, Detroit Lakes 1


#1 Brina Smith (DL) over Sydney Mjoen (M) 6-2, 6-2

#2 Azylen Lunak (M) over Shelby Busker (DL) 1-6, 6-4, 10-4

#3 Katryna Hanson (M) over Emily Skjonsberg (DL) 6-4, 6-1

#4 Nicole Hawgland (M) over Josey Allen (DL) 4-6, 6-1, 10-1


#1 Cassie Jensen/Brianna Jensen (M) over Makenna Duncan/Mary Nelmark (DL) 3-6, 6-3, 12-10

#2 Kylie Dumas/Ava Krister (M) over Mercedez Bellanger/Lauryn Manning (DL) 6-3, 6-2

#3 Emma Craigs/Rachel Craigs (M) over Siri Vagle/Chloe Will (DL) 6-1, 6-0

Detroit Lakes 5, Staples-Motley 2


#1 Brina Smith (DL) over Lauren Rutten (SM) 6-2, 6-2

#2 Rose Han (SM) over Shelby Busker (DL) 6-2, 6-2

#3 Mary Nelmark (DL) over Tasha Achermann 3-6, 6-4, 10-7

#4 Makenna Duncan (DL) over Ellie DiGioavnni (SM) 3-6, 6-2, 10-2


#1 Josey Allen/Emily Skjonsberg (DL) over Haley Cichos/Jenna Dvorak (SM) 0-6, 7-5, 10-5

#2 Abby DiGiovanni/Tiffany Achermann (SM) over Lauryn Manning/Mercedez Bellanger (DL) 2-6, 6-3, 10-8

#3 Chloe Will/Siri Vagle (DL) over Georgia Kruchlen/Amy Rollins (SM) 6-3, 6-0

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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