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Adam Holter returns a volley against during Monday's match against Crookston. Holter and his first doubles partner Kyle Fodness posted a 6-1, 6-3 victory. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper

Lumberjacks dig deep to defeat Crookston 4-3

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Lumberjacks dig deep to defeat Crookston 4-3
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Prior to Monday's match against Crookston Bemidji tennis coach Mark Fodness predicted a 4-3 outcome. What he didn't know, however, was which team would come out on top.

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"We defeated Crookston 5-2 earlier this spring but three of those matches went to tie-breakers," Fodness said. "I expected a 4-3 match this time."

Fodness was on target with his prediction and his players made sure that Bemidji would earn the decisive team point.

During Monday's match three of the individual matches went to third-set tie-breakers and Bemidji rallied to claim two of them. Those come-from-behind efforts were exactly what Fodness was looking for and they proved to be the difference in a 4-3 victory for the Jacks.

"Monday we played as if we didn't what to lose. We just kept battling. It was a good performance," Fodness said.

The two third-set BHS victories came in singles play as Levi Rickert outlasted Ross Forney 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 at first singles and Noah Holter earned a 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 win at fourth.

"The team was down 2-3, Levi lost the first set and trailed 1-4 in the second set," Fodness said. "Levi could have walked away from the challenge but he didn't. He battled and got back into the match. When his confidence returned he made short work of that third set."

Noah Holter also lost his first set but dominated the rest of his match to give the Jacks the decisive team point.

Alec Hess had an easier time at second singles and thumped Sean William 6-3, 6-0.

Bemidji's doubles victory came at first where Adam Holter and Kyle Fodness teamed for a 6-1, 6-3 triumph.

"We're not at a level where we can walk onto the court and automatically win," the coach said. "We have to earn whatever we get and Monday we played tough under pressure and earned the victory."

Bemidji 4, Crookston 3

Singles

Rickert (B) def. Forney 4-6, 7-, 6-1

Hess (B) def. William 6-3, 6-0

Vatthauer (Cr) def. Korczak 6-2, 6-4

N.Holter (B) def. Tiedemann 3-6, 6-2, 6-3

Doubles

A.Holter and Fodness (B) def. Gregg and Biermaier 6-1, 6-3

Genereaux and Mercil (Cr) def. Lindseth and Boyer 6-1, 7-5

Ringdahl and Gruenwald (Cr) def. Armstrong and Chatterton 1-6, 6-1, 6-2

Y pmiller@bemidjipioneer.com

Prior to Monday's match against Crookston Bemidji tennis coach Mark Fodness predicted a 4-3 outcome. What he didn't know, however, was which team would come out on top.

"We defeated Crookston 5-2 earlier this spring but three of those matches went to tie-breakers," Fodness said. "I expected a 4-3 match this time."

Fodness was on target with his prediction and his players made sure that Bemidji would earn the decisive team point.

During Monday's match three of the individual matches went to third-set tie-breakers and Bemidji rallied to claim two of them. Those come-from-behind efforts were exactly what Fodness was looking for and they proved to be the difference in a 4-3 victory for the Jacks.

"Monday we played as if we didn't what to lose. We just kept battling. It was a good performance," Fodness said.

The two third-set BHS victories came in singles play as Levi Rickert outlasted Ross Forney 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 at first singles and Noah Holter earned a 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 win at fourth.

"The team was down 2-3, Levi lost the first set and trailed 1-4 in the second set," Fodness said. "Levi could have walked away from the challenge but he didn't. He battled and got back into the match. When his confidence returned he made short work of that third set."

Noah Holter also lost his first set but dominated the rest of his match to give the Jacks the decisive team point.

Alec Hess had an easier time at second singles and thumped Sean William 6-3, 6-0.

Bemidji's doubles victory came at first where Adam Holter and Kyle Fodness teamed for a 6-1, 6-3 triumph.

"We're not at a level where we can walk onto the court and automatically win," the coach said. "We have to earn whatever we get and Monday we played tough under pressure and earned the victory."

Bemidji 4, Crookston 3

Singles

Rickert (B) def. Forney 4-6, 7-, 6-1

Hess (B) def. William 6-3, 6-0

Vatthauer (Cr) def. Korczak 6-2, 6-4

N.Holter (B) def. Tiedemann 3-6, 6-2, 6-3

Doubles

A.Holter and Fodness (B) def. Gregg and Biermaier 6-1, 6-3

Genereaux and Mercil (Cr) def. Lindseth and Boyer 6-1, 7-5

Ringdahl and Gruenwald (Cr) def. Armstrong and Chatterton 1-6, 6-1, 6-2

pmiller@bemidjipioneer.com

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Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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