Season ends with loss to Tech
The Bemidji girls tennis team's streak of 15 consecutive dual-meet victories came to an end Saturday afternoon in the Section 8AA semifinals as the Lumberjacks dropped a 4-3 decision to St. Cloud Tech which entered the tournament as the top seed from the South Sub-Section.
BHS, which lost its first three duals of the season and earned the second seed from the North, ran off a string of 15 consecutive victories, including Saturday's 4-3 win over Alexandria in the section quarterfinals.
St. Cloud Tech, however, proved to be too much and the Tigers battled Brainerd late Saturday for the section title.
In Bemidji's victory over Alexandria Claire Baumgartner and Olivia Dickinson provided the winning point when they rallied to down Brittany Holm and Jessica Larson 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 at second doubles.
The BHS tandem trailed 3-1 in the decisive third set but won the next five games to claim the set and the match victory.
Following the match, however, Baumgartner had an allergic reaction to something she ate and the junior was taken to a hospital. Baumgartner recovered but was forced to miss the semifinal match against St. Cloud Tech.
Bemidji also won three of the four singles matches against Alexandria. Jessica Solberg claimed the first singles match as did Amy Frosaker at second and Claudia Bellew at third.
MacKenzie Schultz dropped a three-set decision at fourth singles and the first doubles tandem of Emma Nielsen and Katie Ditmanson fell 3-6, 6-4, (10-6). The final set was played under the tie-breaker format instead of a full third set because the team outcome had already been decided.
At third doubles Francesca Huerd and Annika Johnson fell 6-4, 6-3.
Against Tech Jenna Lee and Alexis Konecne handled the third doubles duties and posted a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 win. BHS also won a pair of default decisions as the St. Cloud Tech won four of the first five individual matches and wanted to rest some of its players.
Solberg claimed her first set 6-1 when her opponent conceded. Nielsen and Ditmanson lost their first set 6-1 but were awarded the first doubles triumph by default.
"We competed hard and it took a very good team to stop our winning streak," said BHS coach Mark Fodness.
Bemidji 4, Alexandria 3
Solberb (B) def. Lakes 6-3, 6-2
Frosaker (B) def. Quitmeyer 6-1, 6-0
Bellew (B) def. Winkels 6-1, 6-2
Snell (A) def. Schultz 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
Bergstrand and Schmidt (A) def. Nielsen and Ditmanson 3-6, 6-4, (10-6)
Baumgartner and Dickinson (B) def. Holm and Larosn 6-3, 4-6, 6-3
Eichstad and Wheeler (A) def. Huerd and Johnson 6-4, 6-3
St. Cloud Tech 4, Bemidji 3
Solberg (B) def. K.Wurm 6-1, default
Tarrolly (STT) def. Frosaker 6-0, 6-1
L.Wurm (STT) def. Bellew 6-2, 7-6 (7-2)
Williams (STT) def. Schultz 6-1, 6-3
Nielsen and Ditmanson (B) def. Kedrowski and Portz 2-6, default
Larkin and Eisenreich (STT) def. Johnson and Dickinson 6-4, 3-6, 6-4
Lee and Konecne (B) def. Burroughs and Sturm 6-4, 3-6, 6-3