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BOYS TENNIS: Lumberjacks take TRF triangular

THIEF RIVER FALLS -- Behind a late, three-set victory from the duo of Nick Palmer and Cody Hendricks, the Bemidji High School boys tennis team swept its triangular in Thief River Falls on Friday.

Following a 6-1 win over Mora to start the day, the Lumberjacks were tied 3-3 with the Prowlers in the finale. The No. 2 doubles team of Palmer and Hendricks were the final match of the afternoon, and the tandem recovered from match point for a 6-1, 1-6, 7-5 comeback over Carter Onkka and Ethan Janisch to secure the victory for BHS.

“Nick and Cody fell behind 3-5 in the third and deciding set,” Bemidji head coach Mark Fodness said. “...The guys kept their cool and Nick held serve despite falling behind 15-40 in his game. Cody came up with key volleys at the net and we switched sides at 4-5. We then held on for a break of serve and you could feel the momentum shift to our side.”

Tied at 5-5, the Lumberjack duo clinched the comeback two games later for the 7-5 victory -- also giving Bemidji the 4-3 win.

“We walked off with the third set and a big win for our team,” Fodness said. “...The match with Thief River was really a classic.”

Against TRF, Nic Buffo and Spencer Konecne started things off at Nos. 1 and 2 singles, respectively. Each took convincing wins: Buffo 6-0, 6-0 over Tucker Skime and Konecne 6-0, 6-1 over Zach Twamley.

Ben Hess and Kolden Michalicek also came out victorious for BHS, defeating Jack Onkka and Aiden Martell 6-3, 7-5 at No. 3 doubles to bring on a 3-3 tie. Then paired with the win from Palmer and Hendricks to finish things off, Bemidji eked out the 4-3 victory.

Buffo, Konecne and Wyatt Harrom all earned clean 6-0, 6-0 wins against Mora at the top singles spots in order, while Hendricks and Palmer matched it at No. 2 doubles. Elsewhere, Silas and Luke Hess turned in a come-from-behind win at the top doubles spot, defeating Wilson Krueger and Isaac Balmer 4-6, 6-3 (10-6).

“It was nice to see Silas and Luke battle back at first doubles to pick up a win,” Fodness said. “They saved their best tennis for the end of the third-set tiebreaker.”

Ben Hess and Michalicek also dominated No. 3 doubles for a 6-0, 6-1 victory, clinching the win for the Lumberjacks before the ultimate 6-1 final.

Bemidji improves to 10-1 on the season and will return to the courts at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1, in Detroit Lakes.

Bemidji 6, Mora 1

Singles

1-Buffo (BHS) over Madison (MHS) 6-0, 6-0; 2-Konecne (BHS) over Reynolds (MHS) 6-0, 6-0; 3-Harrom (BHS) over Moe (MHS) 6-0, 6-0; 4-Sampson (MHS) over Wilson (BHS) 6-4, 3-6 (10-3).

Doubles

1-S. Hess/L. Hess (BHS) over Krueger/Balmer (MHS) 4-6, 6-3 (10-3); 2-Hendricks/Palmer (BHS) over DuBois/Ladino (MHS) 6-0, 6-0; 3-B. Hess/Michalicek (BHS) over Vork/Sjodin (MHS) 6-0, 6-1.

Bemidji 4, Thief River Falls 3

Singles

1-Buffo (BHS) over Skime (TRF) 6-0, 6-0; 2-Konecne (BHS) over Twamley (TRF) 6-0, 6-1; 3-Broadwell (TRF) over Harrom (BHS) 4-6, 6-0, 6-3; 4-Hahn (TRF) over Fuhrman (BHS) 6-0, 6-7 (6-8), 6-2.

Doubles

1-Gillespe/Ruprecht (TRF) over S. Hess/L. Hess (BHS) 6-0, 6-0; 2-Palmer/Hendricks (BHS) over C. Onkka/Janisch (TRF) 6-1, 1-6, 7-5; 3-B. Hess/Michalicek (BHS) over J. Onkka/Martell (TRF) 6-2, 7-5.

Bemidji JV 5, TRF 1

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