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Wadena-DC hasn't lost a match all year and it continued that streak Thursday when it swept Bemidji 25-13, 25-12, 25-7 Thursday in Wadena.

"Wadena played very well and we were inconsistent," said BHS coach Teresa Colligan.

The loss dropped the Lumberjacks to 11-12. Saturday Bemidji will be in Alexandria for an invitational. The Lumberjacks are in a pool with North St. Paul, Alexandria and Elk River. The other pool includes Grand Rapids, Minnetonka, Rocori and Wadena-DC.

In Thursday's preliminaries, the B-team won 25-18, 25-20 and the junior varsity posted a 25-21, 25-20 victory.

Cortne and Jessica Solberg battled in the true second match of the Section 8AA tennis doubles tournament late Thursday night.

The Bemidji duo faced Kayla Kremer and Mikinzee Salo of Brainerd and on the line was a berth in the state tournament.

In Thursday's semifinals Cortne and Jessica defeated Mandy Nierenhausen and Kelly Davis of Rocori 7-5, 6-2 while Salo and Kremer lost to Bo LaFountaine and Megan Schwegman of Apollo 7-5, 5-7, 6-4.

Bemidji's doubles team faced LaFountaine and Schewgman in the 8AA title match but the Lumberjacks lost 6-4, 6-4.

When Salo and Kremer defeated Nierenhausen and Davis in the third-place match, it forced a true second battle against the Solbergs. That match, however, was in progress when the Pioneer went to press.

"It was a match full of long points and one that could have gone either way," said BHS coach Mark Fodness of the loss to LaFountaine and Schwegman. "They were able to get that one extra point when they needed it and when you face a very good team that one extra point can be the difference.

"We just couldn't get that point or the break."

In the semifinals Bemidji rallied from a 4-5 deficit in the first set and dominated the second game.

"We got stronger and stronger as the match continued," Fodness said.

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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