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Bemidji tops East Grand Forks 5-2 to improve to 2-0 in dual meets

Bemidji’s Emily Frosaker returns a serve from East Grand Forks’ Chelsea Jones Wednesday afternoon at Bemidji High School. Frosaker won her match 7-6 (7-4), 7-5, and the Lumberjacks defeated the Green Wave 5-2 in their dual meet. Monte Draper | Bemidji Pioneer

BEMIDJI – The Bemidji High School tennis team won its second straight dual meet Wednesday evening, topping East Grand Forks 5-2 at Bemidji High School.

The win improves the Lumberjacks to 2-0 on the year in dual meets. 

“I’m pretty pleased with how we played overall,” BHS head coach Mark Fodness said. “It was nice to come away 5-2 in this one.”

The Lumberjacks used a sweep of all three doubles matches to come away with the victory over the Green Wave.

The top team of Annika Johnson and Olivia Dickinson defeated East Grand Forks’ Erika Pritchett and Katie Berggeren 6-2, 6-2.

The other two doubles teams had similar two-set victories.

The No. 2 team of Kenzie Schultz and Alexis Konecne topped East Grand Forks’ Ashley Normand and Kaity Randall 6-4, 6-3. And the No. 3 team of Jenna Lee and Claire Baumgartner notched a 6-2, 6-3 win over Mackenzie Burris and Emily Strezishar.

Fodness said he challenged all his players to try some different things in their matches, and it paid off.

“We challenged them, especially our doubles teams, to try some new things and be more aggressive,” he said. “We were challenging our girls not just to win but to get better as they were doing it.”

In singles play, the Lumberjacks won twice.

In No. 2 singles, Amy Frosaker defeated Chelsea Jones in a hard-fought match. She won the first set 7-6, winning the tiebreaker 7-4, then won the second set 7-5.

Claudia Bellew also got the win at No. 3, beating Emma Dieterich 6-1, 6-2.

In No. 1 singles play, Jessica Solberg played the best match of the afternoon despite losing to Jessamy Jones.

After Jones won the first set 6-3, Solberg fought back to take set two 6-2 before dropping the decisive third set 6-2.

“All the games were very well-played,” Fodness said of that match. “Although a bunch of 6-2, 6-3 sets might not look like much, most of those games went to second and third deuce.

“It was a great tennis match. And it was good for Jessica, because they’ll match up again this season.”

In the other singles match, No. 4 Megan Serratore fell to Cynthia Loven. Loven won the first set 6-2 but Serratore fought back and forced a tiebreaker in the second set, eventually losing 7-6 (7-5).

The Lumberjacks return to the court Sept. 11 for a triangular meet at Detroit Lakes. They’ll take on the host Lakers, as well as a rematch with East Grand Forks, at noon.

Bemidji 5, East Grand Forks 2


J. Jones (EGF) def. Solberg (B) 6-3, 2-6, 6-2

Frosaker (B) def. C. Jones (EGF), 7-6 (7-4), 7-5

Bellew (B) def. Dieterich (EGF), 6-1, 6-2

Loven (EGF) def. Serratore (B), 6-2, 7-6 (7-5)


Johnson/ Dickenson (B) def. Pritchett/ Berggren (EGF), 6-2, 6-2

Schultz/ Konecne (B) def. Norman/ Randall (EGF), 6-4, 6-3

J. Lee/ Baumgartner (B) def. Burris/ Strezishar (EGF), 6-2, 6-3


McNallan/ Roy (B) def. Anderson/ Johnson (EGF), 6-0

Jack Hittinger

Jack Hittinger is the sports editor of the Bemidji Pioneer. He is also the Bemidji State beat writer. He hails from the Great State of Michigan. Read his Bemidji State blog at and follow him on Twitter at @Jackhitts.

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