BHS boys tennis: Jacks lose to Thief River, rebound to beat Monticello
The Bemidji High tennis team broke even in its triangular meet Saturday blanking Monticello 7-0 after a 4-3 setback to Thief River Falls.
It began a busy week for Bemidji which hosts East Grand Forks and Detroit Lakes in a Tuesday triangular and takes on Crookston and Moorhead in Friday and Saturday duals.
The split left Bemidji at 8-2.
Thief River won the third match from Monticello 6-1.
Bemidji was missing No. 1 doubles player Aaron John son due to a family conflict forcing Coach Scott Engelstad to revamp his lineup.
He shifted Sam Weaver from No. 1 singles to No. 1 doubles and advanced his other three singles players up one notch.
Thief River took advantage of the switch to win three singles matches in straight sets.
Bemidji won two of the three doubles with the third going to a tiebreaker where Thief River's Josh Koop and Jordy Hutton prevailed 6-3, 3-6 (7-3) in the deciding match.
Bemidji used the tiebreaker to win at No. 1 singles and doubles with Ben Holter staying unbeaten in singles and Steve Bucher and Weaver winning in doubles.
Bemidji returned to its normal singles alignment against Monticello and won all seven matches in straight sets with one set of each doubles match requiring a tiebreaker.
Bemidji also won one exhibition match in each victory.
The JV was not as fortunate bowing 7-0 to Thief River and 8-1 to Monticello to fall to 4-4.
All of the matches were doubles.