East Grand Forks played with a full lineup for the first time since the season-opener, but Detroit Lakes managed to hand the Green Wave a second loss this season, winning 4-3 at East Grand Forks Tuesday, May 4.
“It was so nice to have a full lineup back for the first time since our first match,” East Grand Forks head coach Kyle Hanson said. “And from that first match this team is almost unrecognizable as we’ve improved so much. As coaches, we were very happy with the team effort. When we played Detroit Lakes a couple weeks ago, we didn’t win a match. Today, we were about as close as it gets to winning. We are encouraged because not everyone was at their best and yet we were right there.”
The Lakers earned three of four points in singles matches.
Reed Henderson dropped the first set to EGF’s Seth Aaker 6-3, but rallied to win the second in a tiebreaker 7-6 (7-4), and 10-6 in the third pro set.
Nate Cihak remained undefeated on the season cruising in straight sets two and one over Jude Johnson-Bohn.
Austin Miller got off the court quickly winning at love over Adam Johnson at three-singles.
Cole Deraney had a chance to give DL a sweep of all four matches, but fell 10-6 in the third to Thomas McMahon.
East Grand Forks picked up wins at the top two doubles matches, but DL’s third team of Parker Davis and Breck Winter came up big to seal the team victory in a three and one win.
The top doubles pairings went the distance. DL’s Connor Zamzo and Gavin Smith opened with a 6-2 first set victory, but were defeated in a second set tiebreak and the pro set in the third 10-6.
The Lakers were without head coach Zach Biggar, who was away on a personal matter.
Detroit Lakes plays next at Perham Thursday, May 6. The Lakers defeated the Yellowjackets 5-2 on Thursday, April 29, at home.
Detroit Lakes 4, East Grand Forks 3
1. Reed Henderson, DL, over Seth Aaker 3-6, 7-6 (4), 10-6;
2. Nate Cihak, DL, over Jude Johnson-Bohn 6-2, 6-1;
3. Austin Miller, DL, over Adam Johnson 6-0, 6-0;
4. Thomas McMahon, EGF, over Cole Deraney 6-4, 3-6, 10-6
1. Cole Gerber/Tate Fridgen, EGF, over Connor Zamzo/Gavin Smith 2-6, 7-6 (4), 10-6;
2. Tanner Lubinski/Garret Beauchamp, EGF, over Gabe Reller/Brodie Cariveau 6-0, 6-2;
3. Breck Winter/Parker Davis, DL, over Carson Knutson/Tommy Loer 6-3, 6-1.
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