Good effort, tough result for BHS tennis team
The Bemidji tennis team fell 7-0 to Thief River Falls and 5-2 to Moorhead Tuesday but coach Mark Fodness was impressed with the way the Lumberjacks performed.
"We didn't quit against Thief River Falls despite the 7-0 score and I was happier with the 5-2 loss to Moorhead than I was with the 4-3 losses to Detroit Lakes and East Grand Forks last week.
"Moorhead and Thief River Falls are two very good tennis teams and I wasn't disappointed with any of our performances," the coach added.
Bemidji's two victories against the Spuds came at first and third doubles. Adam Holter and Kyle Fodness teamed for a 6-2, 6-2 win at first doubles and Tim Paulus joined forces with Zach Hewitt for a 6-3, 6-1 triumph at third.
Bemidji's second doubles tandem of Jack Boyer and Craig Lindseth fell 6-2, 6-1.
In singles play Levi Rickert and Alec Hess fell 6-0, 6-0, Matt Hokanson dropped a 6-2, 6-1 decision and Noah Holter lost 6-0, 6-1.
Looking to the future Fodness decided to give his regulars a break from a busy week of action and played some of his reserves against Thief River Falls. To no one's surprise the Prowlers, who are ranked No. 5 in the state tennis poll, dominated the majority of the matches and coasted to a 7-0 victory.
"Matt (Hokanson) is just coming back from a thumb injury and we have other players with nagging injuries and having everyone healthy for the postseason is priority No. 1," Fodness said. "It was good for the younger guys to play against competition that is this strong. Now they know what they have to do to get to the top level."
The only test came at first doubles where Fodness and Adam Holter lost 6-4, 6-4.
Matt Armstrong and Matt Chatterton managed to win three games in their first set at second doubles but they were blanked 6-0 in the second set.
Paulus and Hewitt fell 6-0, 6-0 at third doubles as did Rickert at first singles, Robert Treuer at third singles and Evan White at fourth singles.
Austin Korczak dropped his second singles match 6-1, 6-0.
Bemidji will head to Grand Rapids Thursday in their final dual of the season.
The Lumberjacks decided not to travel to Fergus Falls Friday for a triangular against the Otters and Moorhead. That meet was originally scheduled for May 13 but was switched to Friday.
BHS will open its postseason play May 24 with the 8AA team tournament at Brainerd.
TRF 7, Bemidji 0
Hutton (TRF) def. Rickert 6-0, 6-0
Skime (TRF) def. Korczak 6-1, 6-0
Engelstad (TRF) Treuer 6-0, 6-0
Szeto (TRF) def. White 6-0, 6-0
Rodahl and Turnberg (TRF) def. Fodness and A.Holter 6-4, 6-4
Olson and Bates (TRF) def. Armstrong and Chatterton 6-3, 6-0
Koop and Borseth (TRF) def. Paulus and Hewitt 6-0, 6-0