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DETROIT LAKES – The Bemidji High School tennis team won 13 of the 14 matches it played and ended up taking both matched of their triangular meet Tuesday afternoon at Detroit Lakes.

The Jacks defeated the host Lakers 7-0 and then topped East Grand Forks 6-1.

Bemidji had just defeated East Grand Forks last week, and head coach Mark Fodness said he was glad to beat the Green Wave again.

“It was a nice win after defeating EGF 5-2 last week,” he said. “I’m very happy with our overall performances.”

East Grand Forks’ Jessamy Jones was the lone Wave player to defeat a Lumberjack, topping Jessica Solberg 6-1, 6-2.

“Jones is ranked in the top 10 in Class A, so that’s a challenging match,” Fodness said. “Our other singles players really played aggressively.”

The other singles players looked impressive.

Amy Frosaker defeated EGF’s Chessa Jones at No. 2 by a score of 6-1, 6-2.

Bemidji No. 3 Claudia Bellew topped Erika Pritchett 6-1, 6-1, while No. 4 Sarah McNallan beat Emma Dietrich 6-2, 6-0.

“Amy made short work of what was a close match last week,” Fodness said. “Claudia continues to be really tough at number three and we got a strong start at fourth singles by Sarah McNallan. I thought she was a real bright spot today.

“Our doubles teams also played well all day, and we’re starting to see some more aggressive play from everyone.”

The Lumberjacks swept doubles play against both East Grand Forks and Detroit Lakes, who they defeated 7-0.

The No. 1 team of Olivia Dickinson and Annkia Johnson beat their Detroit Lakes opponents 6-1, 6-3 and dispatched their EGF competition 6-2, 6-0.

Claire Baumgartner and Jenna Lee played No. 2 against Detroit Lakes and won 2-6, 6-4 (10-4); they played No. 3 against East Grand Forks and won that one, too, by a score of 6-3, 6-1.

Serratore and Alexis Konecne topped East Grand Forks Ashley Normandin and Kaity Randall 6-2, 6-4, while McNallan and Nicolette Roy played No. 3 doubles against Detroit Lakes and defeated Maddie Ring and Denver Bunnis 6-0, 6-1.

Against Detroit Lakes, Kenzie Schultz sat due to injury, while Solberg and Frosaker stepped aside to rest.

Instead, Bellew played No. 1 and won 6-3, 6-0, Konecne played No. 2 and won 6-2, 7-6 (7-3) and Serratore defeated Kathryn Kinney 6-2, 6-0.

McKayla Beaulieu played No. 4 and topped Emma Maguire 6-3, 5-7 (10-8).

“It was nice to see McKayla get her first varsity win,” Fodness said. “Against Detroit Lakes, we challenged the girls to step up and play well with three players out of the lineup. Everybody did a nice job. It was nice to get some experience playing under pressure. We won all three tiebreakers.”

With the win, the Jacks improve to 4-0 in dual meets. They’ll return to the court Thursday for a date against Thief River Falls.

They’ll travel to the Hibbing Tournament Saturday, where they’ll look to defend their title from a year ago.

Bemidji 7, Detroit Lakes 0


Bellew (BHS) def. Anderson 6-3, 6-0

Konecne (BHS) def. Unruh 6-2, 7-6 (7-3)

Serratore (BHS) def. Kinney 6-2, 6-0

Beaulieu (BHS) def. Maguire 6-3, 5-7 (10-8)


Dickinson/ Johnson (BHS) def. Benscoter/ Kluenenberg 6-2, 6-0

Baumgartner/Lee (BHS) def. Seebold/Fritz 2-6, 6-4 (10-4)

McNallan/Roy (BHS) def. Ring/Bunnis 6-0, 6-1

Bemidji 6, East Grand Forks 1


J. Jones (EGF) def. Solberg 6-1, 6-2

Frosaker (BHS) def C. Jones 6-1, 6-2

Bellew (BHS) def. Pritchett 6-1, 6-1

McNallan (BHS) def. Dietrich 6-2, 6-0


Dickinson/Johnson (BHS) def. Radi/Bergeren 6-1, 6-3

Konecne/ Serratore (BHS) def. Normandin /Randall 6-2, 6-4

Baumgartner/Lee (BHS) def. Louen/Burris 6-3, 6-1

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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