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Tennis: Jacks finish season undefeated in dual meets

EAST GRAND FORKS – The Bemidji High School tennis team was scheduled to play two matches Tuesday afternoon – one indoors and one outdoors. Windy conditions pushed both indoors to the Grand Forks Tennis Center in East Grand Forks.

Turns out, it doesn’t matter where the Lumberjacks play tennis: They’re good anywhere.

The Lumberjacks closed out their regular season with a pair of indoor wins, topping Crookston 5-2 then defeating East Grand Forks 6-1.

The two wins give the Lumberjacks a perfect 12-0 record in dual meets to end the regular season.

“I’m really proud of the girls for how well they’ve competed this season,” Fodness said. “It was a goal of ours to run the table in our dual meets and we were able to accomplish that goal – despite some challenges from our competitors and from injuries that sidelined a number of players.”

It also gives the Lumberjacks the top seed in the Section 8AA North team tournament. They’ll take on either Thief River Falls or Moorhead at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Fitness Evolution in Sartell.

In the first dual of the night Tuesday, the Lumberjacks topped Crookston 5-2.

“Despite an earlier 6-1 win over Crookston, we knew they would really challenge us today and they didn’t disappoint,” BHS head coach Mark Fodness said. “We had to play well to win.”

The Lumberjacks beat the Pirates, but not before comeback wins from two doubles teams. No. 2 Alexis Konecne and Megan Serratore came back after losing the first set 5-7; they won the second set 6-3 and took the tiebreaker 13-11.

The No. 3 team of Claire Baumgartner and Jenna Lee also dropped their first set, 4-6, but won set two 7-5 and took the tiebreaker 10-7.

“We started a little slow but had nice comeback wins at second and third doubles,” Fodness said. “We’ll have to play this well from the start of each match at Sections.”

In the second meet, the Lumberjacks didn’t have much trouble with East Grand Forks.

BHS No. 1 Jessica Solberg was the only Lumberjack to fall against the Green Wave. Jessamy Jones beat Solberg 6-4, 6-2.

“We had a strong performance against EGF,” Fodness said. “They put together a pretty strong doubles, lineup but our girls came through and played well.”

All three Lumberjack doubles teams won in two sets, but the Wave teams made it interesting. All the sets were close and the Wave won three games in all but one of the doubles matches.

Overall, Fodness said, the singles players did their jobs.

“Our singles players took care of business and we walked off the courts feeling good about the way we played today,” Fodness said.

Bemidji 5, Crookston 2


No. 1: Kylie Simmons (C) def. Jessica Solberg, 6-0, 2-6 (10-6)

No. 2: Amy Frosaker (B) def. Lilli Denison, 6-2, 6-1

No. 3: Claudia Bellew (B) def. Amber Trostad, 6-2, 6-2

No. 4: Liz Awender (C) def. Kenzie Shultz, 7-5, 6-1


No. 1: Annika Johnson/ Olivia Dickinson (B) def. Leah Trostad/ Shelby Lintued, 6-3, 6-2

No. 2: Alexis Konecne/ Megan Serratore (B) def. Kenedy Resende/ Tiedeman, 5-7, 6-3 (13-11)

No. 3: Claire Baumgartner/Jenna Lee (B) def. Tori Demerewl/ Allyie Fee, 4-6, 7-5 (10-7)

Bemidji 6, East Grand Forks 1


No. 1: Jessamy Jones (EGF) def. Jessica Solberg, 6-4, 6-2

No. 2: Amy Frosaker (B) def. Cynthia Loven, 6-4, 6-3

No. 3: Claudia Bellew (B) def. Emily Strezishier 6-2, 6-2

No. 4: Kenzie Shultz (B) vs. MacKenzie Burris, 6-2, 6-2


No. 1: Annika Johnson/ Olivia Dickinson (B) def. Chessa Jones/Kelli Radi, 6-3, 6-3

No. 2: Alexis Konecne/ Megan Serratore (B) def. Ashley Normandin/ Kaity Randall, 6-2, 6-3

No. 3: Claire Baumgartner/Jenna Lee (B) def. Katie Berggren & Emma Dietrich, 6-3, 6-3

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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