The Bemidji girls tennis team made the most of its home debut Wednesday as the Lumberjacks defeated Grand Rapids-Coleraine 4-3 and East Grand Forks 5-2.
The victory over Grand Rapids-Coleraine was especially rewarding as BHS had to rally to come out on top.
"Grand Rapids is a very good team that has already defeated some talented teams," said Jacks coach Mark Fodness. "We were down but were looking for a match or two that would bring us back."
Those momentum shifters came at second singles and first doubles. Amy Frosaker provided a spark at second singles when she rallied to defeat Linsey Stocco 0-6, 7-5, 6-1. At first doubles Emma Nielson and Katie Ditmanson outlasted Marisa Teems and Taylor Kane 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 to provide a needed victory.
"Amy wasn't sharp in the first set but she played a good second set and had a great third set," Fodness said. "And at first doubles Emma and Katie split the first two sets but were down 4-1 in the third. They came back to win 6-4 and that victory, along with Amy's, were the difference."
Bemidji's other wins came in singles as Jess Solberg prevailed 6-1, 6-0 at first and MacKenzie Schultz posted a 6-2, 7-5 triumph at fourth.
Claudia Bellew fell at third singles as did the second doubles tandem of Claire Baumgartner and Francesca Huerd plus the third doubles team of Jenna Lee and Annika Johnson.
In the 5-2 win over East Grand Forks the Lumberjacks swept the doubles. Nielson and Ditmanson prevailed 6-4, 6-1, Frosaker and Schultz combined for a 6-1, 6-1 victory and Lee and Johnson coasted to a 6-0, 6-0 win.
Bellew collected a 6-3, 6-0 victory at second singles while Olivia Dickinson blanked her opponent 6-0, 6-0.
"It's early in the season and we are trying to develop consistency, individually and throughout the lineup," Fodness said. "(Wednesday) we saw encouraging signs.
"Success is a learning process. It doesn't all of a sudden happen and we have a ways to go before we can enjoy that success. But these two wins enabled us to take a positive step forward," the coach added.
Bemidji will now take a break from its hectic early-season schedule as the Jacks are off until Sept. 13 when they participate in the Detroit Lakes Triangular.
Their next home appearance will be Sept. 15 against Thief River Falls.
Bemidji 4, Grand Rapids-Coleraine 3
Solberg (Bem) def. Cleveland 6-1, 6-0
Frosaker (Bem) def. Stocco 0-6, 7-5, 6-1
K.Kane (GRC) def. Bellew 7-6 (10-8), 6-0
Schultz (Bem) def. Snyder 6-2, 7-5
Nielsen and Ditmanson (Bem) def. Teems and T.Kane 6-1, 4-6, 6-4
Ritter and Bellefy (GRC) def. Baumgartner and Huerd 6-0, 6-4
Prahl and Ridgeway (GRC) def. Lee and Johnson 6-4, 2-6, 6-2
Bemidji 5, East Grand Forks 2
J.Jones (EGF) def. Solberg 6-2, 6-1
Bellew (Bem) def. Berggren 6-3, 6-0
Radi (EGF) def. Huerd 6-2, 7-6 (7-50
Dickinson (Bem) def. Cremers 6-0, 6-0
Nielsen and Ditmanson (Bem) def. Mankie and C.Jones 6-4, 6-1
Frosaker and Schultz (Bem) def. Randall and Normandin 6-1, 6-1
Lee and Johnson (Bem) def. Dugan and Dietrich 6-0, 6-0