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Bemidji’s Claudia Bellew playing, No. 1 singles, returns a serve from East Grand Forks’s Chessa Jones Wednesday afternoon. Bemidji beat East Grand Forks 7-0 and topped Grand Rapids 6-1 in the triangular meet at Bemidji High School. MONTE DRAPER | BEMIDJI PIONEER

TENNIS: BHS girls still unbeaten after topping East Grand Forks, Grand Rapids

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BEMIDJI — Two victories for the Bemidji High School tennis team Wednesday afternoon helped the Lumberjacks improve their dual meet record to 5-0.

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The Jacks defeated East Grand Forks 7-0 then topped Grand Rapids 6-1 in a triangular meet at Bemidji High School.

East Grand Forks beat Grand Rapids 5-4 in the other dual meet.

“Overall we had a good day,” BHS head coach Mark Fodness said. “The girls played well considering the heat we’ve had the past few days.”

Against East Grand Forks, Bemidji earned the sweep.

Bemidji No. 1 singles player Claudia Bellew swept Chessa Jones in two sets, as did No. 2 Alexis Konecne and No. 4 Maddie Osborn — her first win at the varsity level.

“Claudia had a nice win at No. 1 and I think she’s starting to feel more comfortable playing at the top of the lineup,” Fodness said. “Alexis continues to play well and had another strong day today.”

No. 3 Abbie Kelm needed three sets to defeat Cynthia Loven.

In doubles play, Fodness got to tinker with the lineup due to the Wave being short a few players.

Erin Edlund and McKayla Baeulieu topped Kaity Randall and Emily Strezishars 6-3, 6-4 at No. 1 doubles while Adriene Rickert and Shelby Eichstadt topped Kayla Cremers and Erin Rudstrom 6-2, 6-1.

No No. 3 match was played due to EGF’s lack of players.

Against Grand Rapids, Bellew, Konecne and Kelm won in straight sets. Osborne lost to Grand Rapids’ Leah Madsen 6-4, 1-6, 10-6.

“No. 1 through 3 singles all played well and really took care of business,” Fodness said. “Mattie battled really hard at 4th singles, but this loss is still a good experience for her and she’ll continue to improve.”

In doubles, Annika Johnson and Olivia Dickenson (No. 1) came back from being down 0-5 in the first set and won 7-5. They went5 on to win 7-5, 7-6 (7-4).

Kenzie Schultz and Jenna Lee (No. 2) and Nicolette Roy and Kayla Snell (No. 3) also won their matches.

The Lumberjacks return to the court next Thursday, Sept. 4, when they’ll host Eveleth-Gilbert.

Bemidji 7, East Grand Forks 0

Singles

Claudia Bellew (B) def. Chessa Jones 6-3 6-2

Alexis Konecne (B) def. Emma Dietrich 6-2 6-0

Abbie Kelm (B) def. Cynthia Loven 1-6 6-4 10-6

Mattie Osborn (B) def. Jenna Dietrich 6-0 6-0

Doubles

Erin Edlund/McKayla Beaulieu (B) def. Kaity Randall/Emily Strezishars 6-3 6-4

Adriane Rickert/Shelby Eichstadt (B) def. Kayla Cremers/Erin Rudstrom 6-2 6-1

Bemidji wins by Forfeit

Exhibition

Emily Serratore (B) def. Omi Hippert 6-0, 6-0

Bemidji 6, Grand Rapids 1

Singles

Claudia Bellew (B) def. Emma Wagner 6-1 6-1

Alexis Konecne (B) def. Megan Dulong 6-1 6-0

Abbie Kelm (B) def. Cece Brown 6-0 6-1

Leah Madsen (GR) def. 6-4 1-6 10-6 Mattie Osborn

Doubles

Annika Johnson/Olivia Dickinson (B) def. Carlie Ridgeway/Taylor Kane 7-5 7-6 (7-4)

Kenzie Schultz/Jenna Lee (b) def.Maria Stampton/ Mariah Londer 6-2 6-1

Nicolette Roy/Kayla Snell (B) def. Mary Kate Drobniek/ Maddy Illikainen 7-6 (7-5) 7-5

Exhibition

Erin Edlund/McKayla Beaulieu (B) def. Rachel Becker/Randi Becker 7-6 (8-6)

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Jack Hittinger
Jack Hittinger is a sports reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer, focusing on Bemidji State but also covering area high schools. He hails from the Great State of Michigan. Read his Bemidji State blog at http://thebeaverblog.areavoices.com/ and follow him on Twitter at @Jackhitts.
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