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Girls tennis: Bemidji places second at Hibbing tournament

HIBBING — Individual titles by the second and third doubles teams carried the Bemidji girls tennis team to second place Saturday at the 8-team Hibbing Invitational.

Kenzie Schultz and Jenna Lee never dropped a set on way to the second doubles championship and the Jacks third doubles tandem of Nicolette Roy and Kayla Snell cruised through its first two opponents and then stopped Grand Rapids 6-3, 5-7, (10-5) in the title match.

“Against Grand Rapids Kayla and Nicolette stepped it up under pressure in a third set tiebreak and came away with the win,” said BHS coach Mark Fodness.

“At second doubles Kenzie and Jenna were tough all day. Their biggest win was in the finals when they fell behind 3-0 in the second set and came storming back and played a string of really impressive games and won 6-3 over Stillwater,” Fodness added.

Placing second were Annika Johnson and Olivia Dickinson at first doubles while third-place points were contributed by Alexis Konecne at second singles and Abby Kelm at third singles.

Finishing as consolation champs were Claudia Bellew at first singles and Sarah McNallan at fourth singles.

Hibbing Invitational

Duluth East 32, Bemidji 26, Stillwater 24, Eveleth-Gilbert 19, Grand Rapids 15, Totino-Grace 10, Virginia 9, Hibbing 0

Bemidji’s Results

First singles: Bellew - consolation champion. Hauer (DE) def. Belew 6-2, 6-2; Bellew def. Nichols (TG) 6-0, 6-1; Bellew def. Wagner (GR) 6-0, 6-0

Second singles: Konecne – third. Konecne def. Dulong (GR) 6-2, 6-3; Callaway (DE) def. Konecne 6-2, 6-0; Konecne def. Harlan (TG) 6-4, 6-1

Third singles: Kelm – third. Kelm def. Szymanski (TG) 6-2, 6-3; Quinn (Still) def. Kelm 6-0, 6-3; Kelm def. Delich (E-G) 6-2, 7-6 (7-1)

Fourth singles: McNallan – consolation champion. Delich (E-G) def. McNallan 2-6, 7-6, (10-8). McNallen def. Madsen (GR) 6-4, 6-2; McNallan def. Mauston (Vir) 6-1, 6-3

First doubles: Johnson and Dickinson – second. Johnson and Dickinson def. Quinn and Sherrick (Still); Johnson and Dickinson def. Seitz and Gunderson (Vir) 6-2, 6-4. Norr and Hauer (DE) def. Johnson and Dickinson 4-6, 6-3, (10-6)

Second doubles: Schultz and Lee – champion. Schultz and Lee def. Butler and Hyduke (Hib) 6-1, 6-2; Schultz and Lee def. Koivunen and Saari (E-G0 6-1, 6-2; Schultz and Lee def. Anderson and Larson 6-4, 6-3

Third doubles: Roy and Snell - champion. Roy and Snell def. Marcella and Virant (Vir) 6-0, 6-2; Roy and Snell def. Williams and Sherrick (Still) 6-, 6-4; Roy and Snell def. Drobnick and Wochnick 6-3, 5-7, (10-5)

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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