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Bemidji boys tenns wins with revamed lineup

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Bemidji boys tennis coach Scott Engelstad experimented with a different lineup Friday and the revamped alignment paid off as the Lumberjacks posted a 5-2 victory in the second half of their triangular in Fergus Falls.

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Earlier in the day BHS fell to the host team 6-1.

"It was a nice day to play. We haven't had much practice time lately because of the weather and maybe it took a match to get us going," Engelstad said.

The coach's plan against Moorhead was to strengthen the three doubles teams and try to win at least one singles match.

And it worked as the Jacks swept the doubles and captured two singles matches.

Ben Holter and Joey Wood posted a 6-2, 6-0 win at first doubles and Adam Holter teamed with Justin Byers for a 6-0, 6-4 win at second.

Kyle Fodness and Craig Lindseth completed the doubles sweep with a 6-3, 6-1 triumph at third.

At fourth singles Alec Hess collected a 6-2, 6-1 win to cement the team victory. Also winning was Ben Kloha at first singles, 4-6, 6-4, (7-5).

The Jacks lost at first and third singles as Levi Rickert fell 6-1, 6-0 and Hayden Byers dropped a 6-2, 6-4 decision.

"It was good for us to get a win to help build our confidence," Engelstad said. "We played well against Moorhead."

The Lumberjacks did not fare as well against Fergus Falls as their only win came at first singles where Ben Holter rallied for a 4-6, 6-3, (7-5) victory.

Adam Holter fell at second singles as did Fodness at third and Justin Byers at fourth.

Rickert and Wood lost at first doubles, Kloha and Hayden Byers at second and Lindseth and Hess at third.

Bemidji, 4-7, will be off until Thursday when it hosts Grand Rapids.

Fergus Falls 6, Bemidji 1

Singles

Ben Holter (B) def. Jake Anderson 4-6, 6-3, (7-5)

Jesse Schneeberger (FF) def. Adam Holter 6-2, 6-3

Ben Ronning (FF) def. Kyle Fodness 6-0, 6-4

David Schneck (FF) def. Justin Byers 6-4, 6-4

Doubles

Joe Pettite and Jordan Temmerdahl (FF) def. Levi Rickert and Joey Wood 6-3, 2-6, (7-5)

Matt Jacobson and Pat Billodeau (FF) def. Ben Kloha and Hayden Byers 7-5, 6-1

Joe Rude and John Lindblom (FF) def. Craig Lindseth and Alec Hess 7-6 (8-6), 6-3

Bemidji 5, Moorhead 2

Singles

Tyler Hjalmquist (M) def. Rickert 6-1, 6-0

Kloha (B) def. Tim Solune 4-6, 6-4, (7-5)

Tom Mulvaney (M) def. H.Byers 6-2, 6-4

Hess (B) def. Gabe Steinwand 6-2, 6-1

Doubles

B. Holter and Wood (B) def. Nick Friesen and Andrew Fugelstad 6-2, 6-0

A.Holter and J.Byers (B) def. Chris Thibert and Sam Burns 6-0, 6-4

Fodness and Lindseth (B) def. Russ Meyer and Kurt Meyer 6-3, 6-1

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Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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