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Tennis: Bemidji continues hot start with 5-2 win over Alexandria

Bemidji High School senior Sarah McNallan, playing No. 2 doubles, returns a volley from an Alexandra opponent on Wednesday morning during a dual meet. Monte Draper | Bemidji Pioneer1 / 3
Bemidji High School senior Erin Edlund returns a serve from an Alexandra opponent on Wednesday morning. Edlund was playing first double with Mattie Osborn.2 / 3
Bemidji senior Mattie Osborn returns a volley during high school tennis action against Alexandra on Wednesday morning. Monte Draper | Bemidji Pioneer3 / 3

BEMIDJI -- The early-season success continued Wednesday for the Bemidji girls tennis team as the Lumberjacks thumped Alexandria 5-2 at the high school courts.

Wednesday’s triumph came off the heels of Tuesday’s three dual wins at Pine City and improved Bemidji’s record to 4-0. It also came in this fall’s only competition against Alexandria which is a section opponent.

“For seeding down the road, Wednesday’s win was very important,” said BHS coach Mark Fodness. “Playing back-to-back so early in the season, we really didn’t know what to expect. Tuesday’s weather helped us because it was cool enough that we didn’t tire and being at home against Alexandria was a benefit.”

The Lumberjacks claimed three of the four singles matches and posted a pair of doubles victories.

Finja Mahl, who is an exchange student from Germany, started the Jacks on their winning ways with a 6-0, 6-0 triumph at first singles. Abbie Kelm won 6-3, 6-0 at second and Alexis Konecne was a 6-1, 6-1 winner at third.

Taylor Offerdahl claimed her first set at fourth doubles 6-2 but dropped the second set 6-3 and fell 10-6 in the third-set tiebreaker.

Bemidji also fell at first doubles as Erin Edlund and Mattie Osborn tumbled 2-6, 6-0, 7-5.

BHS finished with wins at second and third doubles, however. Sam Edlund and Sarah McNallan teamed for a 6-4, 6-4 win and Nikki Anderson-Weir combined with Sydney Ewert for a 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 victory at third doubles.

“Our singles lineup is very tough,” Fodness said. “We are very happy with how Taylor is playing at fourth singles. She’s only in eighth grade and is battling and doing everything we are asking.

“Our doubles teams played hard on Wednesday but they will be the first to tell you that they need to improve,” the coach continued. “Overall, we are pleased with our doubles but we are leaving points on the court so there is work to do.”

The Lumberjacks are off on Thursday but will resume their busy schedule noon Friday at home against Hibbing.

“I thought we started Wednesday’s matches with slow feet so we’ll take it easy on Thursday and get back to work against Hibbing on Friday,” Fodness said.

Bemidji 5, Alexandria 2


Mahl (B) def. Bergstrand 6-0, 6-0

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

Konecne (B) def. Romming 6-1, 6-1

Snell (A) def. Offerdahl 2-6, 6-3, (10-6)


Kim Wilkins and Kari Wilkins (A) def. E.Edlund and Osborn 2-6, 6-0, 7-5

S.Edlund and McNallan (B) def. Peterson and Otto 6-4, 6-4

Anderson-Weir and Ewert (B) def. Petric and Partington 6-3, 1-6, 6-3


Eichstadt and Jones (B) def. Wegner and Stockmoe 6-2, 6-0

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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