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Girls tennis: Lumberjacks improve to 9-1 with dual wins

MONTE DRAPER | BEMIDJIPIONEER Playing first doubles Bemidji's Kenzie Schultz returns a volley against a Detroit Lake opponent on Tuesday afternoon during a triangular meet which include Crookston.1 / 2
MONTE DRAPER | BEMIDJIPIONEER Bemidji High School tennis team hosted a triangular meet against Detroit Lakes and Crookston on Tuesday afternoon, shown above Bemidji's senior McKayla Beaulieu returns a serve against an Detroit Lakes opponent.2 / 2

BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji girls tennis players adjusted very well to the cool and windy weather conditions Tuesday at the high school courts and the results were 7-0 victories over Detroit Lakes and Crookston.

Bemidji will return to the home court Thursday when it hosts Thief River Falls at 7 p.m.

"We hope to have some fans out so see us play under the lights," said BHS coach Mark Fodness. "It should be fun for us and for our fans."

The Lumberjacks also had fun Tuesday as they dominated both of their opponents.

"I thought the girls played very well. The way we played was very impressive," Fodness said.

"We were able to move some players ahead in the lineup against Detroit Lakes and they responded. And I really liked the way our singles players established a game plan early on and continued to be aggressive throughout the match."

Among those singles players was Alexis Konecne who won at first singles against the Lakers and second singles against the Pirates.

"Alexis continued her solid play throughout the day," Fodness said. "She really did a nice job of being aggressive and worked on getting to the net behind strong approach shots."

Also winning in singles play against Detroit Lakes were Abbie Kelm, Sarah McNallan and Matti Osborn.

The winning singles lineup against Crookston included Claudia Bellew, Konecne, Kelm and McNallan.

In doubles play Jenna Lee and Kenzie Schultz won twice as did Kayla Snell and Nicolette Roy. In the victory over the Lakers McKayla Beaulieu and Erin Edlund posted a 6-1, 6-1 win at third doubles.

Annika Johnson and Olivia Dickinson resumed their first doubles duties against Crookston and coasted to a 6-1, 6-4 win.

"Kayla and Nicolette gained some confidence from winning the championship of the Hibbing tournament on Saturday and on Tuesday they dominated teams that might have given them some trouble earlier this year," Fodness said.

"Jenna and Kenzie continued their dominated play and our other doubles teams took care of business."

The Jacks will take a 9-1 dual record into Thursday's match.

Bemidji 7, Detroit Lakes 0


Konecne (B) def. Uhrah 6-4, 6-3

Kelm (B) def. Maguire 6-1, 6-1

McNallan (B) def. Foltz 6-0, 6-0

Osborn (B) def. S.Fritz 6-3, 6-2


Schultz and Lee (B) def. Seabold and I.Fritz 6-3, 6-1

Snell and Roy (B) def. Kinney and Bunnis 6-1, 6-1

Beaulieu and Edlund (B) def. Proax and Lief 6-1, 6-1

Bemidji 7, Crookston 0


Bellew (B) def. Trostad 6-3, 6-1

Konecne (B) def. Tiedemann 6-4, 6-1

Kelm (B) def. Awender 6-3, 6-0

McNallan (B) def. Fee 6-2, 6-4


Johnson and Dickinson (B) def. Trostad and Shafer 6-1, 6-4

Lee and Schultz (B) def. Kasten and Resendez 6-2, 6-0

Snell and Roy (B) def. Demerai and Follette 6-0, 6-0

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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