Earlier this spring the Grand Rapids tennis team handed Bemidji a 6-1 loss. Thursday at Grand Rapids the Lumberjacks displayed their improvement as the Thunderhawks struggled to get past the Jacks 4-3.
"The way we are playing now is very encouraging as we head to the section playoffs," said BHS coach Mark Fodness. "Thursday's effort was a big improvement over our first meeting with Grand Rapids."
Bemidji won a pair of singles matches and also prevailed at third doubles. Matt Hokanson, who recently returned to the lineup after missing much of the spring with an injured thumb, rallied to defeat Brice Becker 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 at third singles and Noah Holter outlasted Coleton Anderson 7-6 (13-11), 6-2 at fourth.
"Matt played his best match of the year," Fodness said. "This was a very nice win for him.
"Noah and his opponent just kept going back and forth in that first game but, once Noah won it, he quickly put the kid away in the second set. This also was Noah's best performance of the season," Fodness added.
Zach Hewitt and Austin Korczak overpowered Grand Rapids' third doubles team 6-1 in the first set and completed the win with a 7-5 victory in the second set.
At first singles Levi Rickert fell 6-0, 6-2 and Alex Hess was a 6-0, 6-1 victim at second singles.
The Jacks also lost at first and second doubles. Adam Holter and Kyle Fodness played well but dropped a 6-4 7-5 decision and the second doubles tandem of Craig Lindseth and Jack Boyer tumbled 6-2, 6-3.
BHS ended its regular season with a 5-8 dual record. The section team tournament begins Tuesday at Brainerd.
Grand Rapids 4, Bemidji 3
Sherman (GR) def. Rickert 6-0, 6-2
Hoolihan (GR) def. Hess 6-0, 6-1
Hokanson (B) def. Becker 4-6, 6-1, 6-4
N.Holter (B) def. C.Anderson 7-6 (13-11), 6-2
Roy and Fedj-Johnson (GR) def. A.Holter and Fodness 6-4, 7-5
Reitter and D.Anderson (GR) def. Lindseth and Boyer 6-2, 6-3
Hewitt and Korczak (B) def. Theis and Dulong 6-1, 7-5