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Jacks tennis team upsets Brainerd, advance to section semis

BRAINERD -- Talk about drama. The Bemidji tennis team had its fill in Tuesday's Section 8AA team tennis tournament at Brainerd.

The third-seeded Lumberjacks rallied from a 2-3 deficit to top second-seeded Brainerd 4-3. The Jacks won their final two matches, including a marathon three-set contests, to get into next weekend's sectional semifinals. They'll play top-seeded Becker next Tuesday in Sartell.

"It was a great day," BHS head coach Mark Fodness said. His team defeated St. Cloud Apollo 5-2 earlier Tuesday morning for the right to face Brainerd.

With Brainerd leading 3-2, Bemidji's No. 3 singles player and No. 2 doubles team each rallied to win their matches - and the meet for the Jacks.

Isak Somer lost his first set 5-7 but defeated Brainerd's Bobby Posch in three sets, 5-7, 6-3, 6-4.

In the No. 2 doubles match, something similar happened. Bemidji's Austin Korczak and Zach Hewitt lost their first set to Brainerd's Reno Fussy and Jared Stevens, but rallied to take the second set 7-6 (7-0).

That set up an epic third set, and Fussy and Stevens took control early, going up 4-3.

But Korczak and Hewitt won the next four games to take the match - and the meet - for Bemidji.

Look for more information in Wednesday's Pioneer.

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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