TENNIS: Bemidji girls advance to section 2A semifinals
GRAND FORKS — The Bemidji girls tennis team extended its regular season success into the postseason Friday as the Lumberjacks advanced to the semifinals of the Section 2A meet with a pair of sub-section wins at the Grand Forks Tennis Center.
In the opening round the top-seeded Lumberjacks (17-1) blitzed No. 8 Little Falls 7-0, claiming each match in straight sets.
That victory set up a quarterfinal win over Alexandria, the North Sub-Section 8-2A fourth seed. The Lumberjacks topped the Cardinals 5-2.
BHS will continue its quest for a berth in the state meet Oct. 11 when it travels to Sartell for the section semifinals. Bemidji will square off against one of the two surviving teams from the south half of the section in the cross-over portion of the tournament.
The section title will also be decided on Oct. 11.
The Lumberjacks dominated Little Falls in their opener Friday and setting the tone was Claudia Bellew who posted a 6-2, 6-0 win at first singles.
Bemidji also prevailed in the other singles as Alexis Konecne, Abbie Kelm and Sarah McNallan swept past their opponents.
In doubles action Annika Johnson and Olivia Dickinson battered Katelyn Kaniesti and Mikayla Gottwalt 6-0, 6-0 at first doubles and the team of Mackenzie Schultz and Jenna Lee coasted to a 6-0, 6-2 triumph at second.
Capping the sweep was the third doubles tandem of Nicolette Roy and Kayla Snell who roared to a 6-0, 6-4 victory.
Against Alexandria Bellew dropped her No. 1 singles match to Elizabeth Bergstrand 7-6 (7-4), 6-1 and McNallan lost to Kim Snell 6-4, 6-3, but Konecne and Kelm both won their matches.
All three doubles teams were also victorious, including Johnson and Dickenson, who once again won in straight sets, 6-0, 6-0.
“That’s a nice solid squad,” BHS head coach Mark Fodness said of Alexandria. “They gave us a good battle there.”
Although BHS lost two singles matches Fodness said it was doubles play that carried the Jacks.
“They played very well,” he said.
“They dominated for us like they have pretty much all year.”
The Lumberjacks return to Grand Forks today for the individual tournament.
Bellew is the No. 3 seed overall in the tournament and Konecne is the No. 8 seed; both will begin play at 9 a.m.
Johnson and Dickenson are the No. 1 team in the doubles tournament while Lee and Kelm will be teamed together as the No. 6 seed.
Bemidji 7, Little Falls 0
Bellew (B) def. Emerson 6-2, 6-0
Konecne (B) def. Meschke 6-0, 6-3
Kelm (B) def. Anderson 6-0, 6-0
McNallan (B) def. Schulte 6-2, 6-3
Johnson/Dickinson (B) def. Kaniesti/Gottwalt 6-0, 6-0
Schultz/Lee (B) def. Schneider/Durtee 6-0, 6-2
Roy/Snell (B) def. Veillette/Rels 6-0, 6-4
Bemidji 5, Alexandria 2
Bergstrand (A) def. Bellew 7-6 (7-4), 6-1
Konecne (B) def. Snell 6-4, 6-4
Kelm (B) def. Schueler 6-3, 6-1
K.Snell (A) def. McNallan 6-4, 6-3
Johnson/Dickinson (B) def. Sjostrand/Wheeler 6-0, 6-0
Schultz/Lee (B) def. Wilkins/Williams 6-0, 6-2
Roy/Snell (B) def. Telander/ Vickstrom 6-0, 6-4