Detroit Lakes split two matches at the season-opening tennis triangular in Crookston Thursday, April 15, picking up the team’s first win over the host Pirates.

The Lakers had to open the year with Thief River Falls falling 6-1. The Prowlers swept both of their matches defeating Crookston 7-0.

“They have been a solid team for years and they continue to have solid consistent players,” Laker head coach Zach Biggar said. “Unfortunately, the weather has not cooperated with us over the past few weeks so we have not been able to practice as often as I would like. You could tell we were a bit rusty during our first sets. I felt like our second sets were much more competitive even though some scores do not reflect that. Taking a year off always creates challenges but other teams are going through the same thing.

Detroit Lakes also had four players competing in their first varsity matches: Gavin Smith, Brodie Cariveau, Elijah Blow and Breck Winter.

“I was proud of them for fighting and working hard,” Biggar said.

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The Prowlers swept singles and two of three doubles matches.

Nate Cihak and Connor Zamzo had the lone Laker win at 1-doubles coming back from a 6-4 first set loss to win 6-4 and 10-8 in the third set tiebreaker.

Cihak was the lone Laker to record two wins on the day. He moved to 3-singles against Crookston and finished quickly defeating Mason Owens at love in both sets.

“Crookston is another good opponent that we seem to battle year in and year out,” said Biggar. “I wanted to change some things up and see some doubles guys play singles and some singles guys play doubles. We have a lot of new varsity players and I wanted to try some different combinations. We have a lot of options this year on lineup so it is important to try some different things early in the year. Doubles played extremely well which helped us get a bit of advantage going into singles play.”

The Lakers won 4-3 by adding a sweep of all three doubles matches.

Jordan Fields and Austin Miller were love and three winners at 1-doubles.

Smith and Gabriel Reller only gave up one game at 2-doubles winning one and love.

Cooper Moore and Elijah Blow took out Nathan Kelly and Xander Kuchan two and three.

DL hosts East Grand Forks Monday, April 19 at 4:30 p.m. and will see Crookston again Friday, April 23 on the home courts.

Thief River Falls 6, Detroit Lakes 1


No. 1 - Dylan Hahn, Thief River Falls def. Reed Henderson, Detroit Lakes, 6-1 , 6-1 , -;

No. 2 - Camden Broadwell, Thief River Falls def. Austin Miller, Detroit Lakes, 6-0 , 6-0 , -;

No. 3 - Jack Onkka, Thief River Falls def. Gavin Smith, Detroit Lakes, 6-0 , 6-0 , -;

No. 4 - Reece Janisch, Thief River Falls def. Brodie Cariveau, Detroit Lakes, 6-0 , 6-2 , -;


No. 1 - Connor Zamzo, Detroit Lakes - Nathan Cihak, Detroit Lakes def. Ethan Lunsetter, Thief River Falls - JJ Cornelius, Thief River Falls, 4-6 , 6-4, 10-8 ;

No. 2 - Rhett Janisch, Thief River Falls - Isaiah Villarreal, Thief River Falls def. Jordan Fields, Detroit Lakes - Gabriel Reller, Detroit Lakes, 6-2 , 6-1 , -;

No. 3 - Jett Cornelius, Thief River Falls - Spencer Hempel, Thief River Falls def. Breck Winter, Detroit Lakes - Elijah Blow, Detroit Lakes, 6-1 , 4-6 , 11-9

Detroit Lakes 4, Crookston 3


No. 1 - Jack Garmen, Crookston def. Reed Henderson, Detroit Lakes, 7-6, 6-3;

No. 2 - Erik Coauette, Crookston def. Connor Zamzo, Detroit Lakes, 7-6, 6-3;

No. 3 - Nathan Cihak, Detroit Lakes def. Mason Owens, Crookston, 6-0, 6-0;

No. 4 - Reggie Winjum, Crookston def. Brodie Cariveau, Detroit Lakes, 6-2, 6-4;


No. 1 - Jordan Fields, Detroit Lakes - Austin Miller, Detroit Lakes def. Evan Christiansen, Crookston - Joseph Brule, Crookston, 6-0, 6-3;

No. 2 - Gavin Smith, Detroit Lakes - Gabriel Reller, Detroit Lakes def. Issac Thomforde, Crookston - Tim Brule, Crookston, 6-1, 6-0;

No. 3 - Cooper Moore, Detroit Lakes - Elijah Blow, Detroit Lakes def. Nathan Kelly, Crookston - Xander Kuchan, Crookston, 6-2, 6-3

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