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BHS Monday preview: Lumberjacks face big day

An unusually heavy day lies ahead for Bemidji High sports teams Monday with the volleyball team beginning its final week of regular season play at home while the tennis team faces tournament action on the road.

The net team faces St. Cloud Tech in the 8AA semifinals with that winner meeting Brainerd or Monticello for the title.

The first round of the individual tournament will follow Monday evening with the remainder of that meet scheduled Tuesday.

The meet is again played at Gold's Gym at Sartell.

Seek record tie

The volleyball team will be out to tie the school record for single season wins tonight against Duluth Central and figures to do so handily.

If so, it would lift Bemidji to 21-5, tying its single season high set the past two years.

Tomorrow it could snap that mark with a win over Baudette's Lake of the Woods High which figures to be a much tougher opponent.

Central is well below .500 at 6-13 and in the second division of the Lake Superior Conference. It was swept by both Grand Rapids and Hibbing in matches against common foes.

LOW is ranked eighth in the state Class A ratings, one spot ahead of Northern Freeze and three behind Deer River, a team Bemidji beat earlier.

Bemidji beat both teams last year 3-0 but had far closer games with the Bears.

That team has maintained its high profile despite losing long time coach Laurie Bitter to BSU in 2007.

The Bears went 3-1 at the recent Perham Invitational. They swept Roseau twice and Thief River in their only matches against common foes.

Key matches

The tennis team faces its biggest two matches of the season today.

To get to the second, it will have to beat St. Cloud Tech, the Central Lakes Conference winner who took their section opener from Rocori 6-1 after a first round bye.

Brainerd also got the north half bye and beat Moorhead 7-0 to advance to today's semifinals.

Bemidji won over Fergus Falls 7-0 and Alexandria 5-2 and brings a 10-1 record into play. Monticello turned back Big Lake and Apollo.

Tech took the CLC title with a 6-1 win over Brainerd, the Warriors only loss of the year. Tech is 13-1 and Brainerd 12-1 this y ear.

Bemidji will go with Jamie Hoffman ,(23-5) Cortne Solberg (13-5), Emma Nielsen (9-5) and Haley Pollock (8-2) in singles.

In doubles, Kenzie Kane will pair with Jess Solberg (12-1_ Taylor Kane with Katie Ditmanson (4-0) and Amy Frosaker with Anna Lintelmann (11-0).

In the individual meet, Hoffman will be the lone singles performer while the Solbergs (2-1) and Kanes (3-1) will play doubles.

Bemidji is shooting for its fifth state trip and third in succession.