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TENNIS: Bemidji girls remain undefeated

Bemidji’s Alexis Konecne, playing No. 1 doubles, returns a volley for a winner Friday afternoon against Hibbing. Monte Draper | Bemidji Pioneer

BEMIDJI — Bemidji coach Mark Fodness decided to alter his lineup in order to test his younger players with the pressure of playing at the varsity level and the revamped unit came through as the Lumberjacks girls tennis team edged Hibbing 4-3 Friday at the BHS courts.

Friday’s victory was Bemidji’s fifth in as many dual matches and capped a busy week which began Tuesday with three duals at Pine City and also featured Wednesday’s triumph over Alexandria.

“We felt Friday’s meet would be a good opportunity to put some girls into the lineup so they could gain experience playing at the varsity level,” Fodness said. “There’s nothing quite like competing against an opponent from another team. It was fun to see the girls play under these circumstances. Everybody on the court knew their point could be important.”

And every point was. The teams split the singles matches and the difference came at doubles where Bemidji won two of the three battles, including a third-set match at third doubles that saw Emily Serratore and Sarah Bofferding rally for a 1-6, 6-2, (10-3) triumph.

“Sarah and Emily came back from a slow start and really played a strong second set and an even better third-set tiebreaker and won the match for us,” Fodness said. “They picked a great time to get their first varsity win.”

Bemidji also claimed the first doubles match as usual singles players Finja Mahl and Alexis Konecne teamed for a 6-0, 6-1 victory.

In singles, Abbie Kelm posted a 6-0, 6-0 triumph at first and Taylor Offerdahl was a 6-4, 6-2 winner at second.

Adriane Rickert tumbled at third singles and Hanna Gregg fell at fourth. BHS also lost at second doubles as Olivia Jones and Shelby Eichstadt fell in three sets.

“Abbie at first singles and Alexis and Finja at first doubles really played well and got us off to a quick start,” Fodness said.

“We didn’t fare quite as well at third and fourth singles but it was great to get some court experience for Hannah and Adriane. At second singles Taylor won her first set and came through with a very solid second set to give us our third point. Shelby and Olivia also came back from a poor first set but couldn’t quite pull off the win in their tiebreaker.

“It was a very productive day. We came up with a win and many girls gained valuable experience,” Fodness added.

Bemidji will return to action Wednesday when it hosts Grand Rapids and East Grand Forks.

Bemidji 4, Hibbing 3


Kelm (B) def. Marschalk 6-0, 6-0

Offerdahl (B) def. Scipioni 6-4, 6-2

Hagg (H) def. Rickert 6-2, 6-4

Rewertz (H) def. Gregg 7-6 (7-4), 6-1


Mahl and Konecne (B) def. Hyduke and Butler 6-0, 6-1

Warner and Valentini (H) def. Jones and Eichstadt 7-6 (7-5), 1-6 (10-4)

Serratore and Bofferding (B) def. Farr and Maki 1-6, 6-2, (10-3)

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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