BRAINERD -- Freshman Savannah Haugen had the lone win in the Bemidji High School girls tennis match Thursday, as the Lumberjacks fell 6-1 on the road against Brainerd.
“Brainerd has a solid veteran lineup and today was a good experience for our girls to see what work they need to do to improve,” BHS head coach Mark Fodness said. “We definitely need to learn how to compete hard for every point and hit our shots with confidence. We have to do a better job of keeping the ball in play but when we get a short ball or a ball at the net we need to step up take control on the point.”
Haugen dropped her first set 1-6, but regrouped to win the second and third 6-4, 7-5.
“Savannah played some of her best tennis of the season after dropping the first set 1-6,” said Fodness. “One of the most satisfying experiences in tennis is dropping a first set that badly and then coming back to win the match. Savannah made some nice adjustments and took the second set by being a bit more patient. At 5-5 in the third set she didn't become cautious. Instead, she started to move the ball to the corners more often and forced more errors from her opponent. That willingness to hit her shots at a key time in the match is what you hope to see from a young player.”
The Warriors claimed each of the other six matches in two sets. Through the rest of the singles matches, Taylor Offerdahl fell 6-0, 6-1, Aftyn Schmidt 6-1, 6-1 and Tatum Offerdahl 6-3, 7-5.
Lexi Leitner and Hannah Nelson lost the top doubles matchup 6-4, 6-1, while Bethany Chatterton and Nettie Kimble fell 6-3, 6-2 at No. 2 doubles and Paige Anderson and Chloe Hasbargen were defeated at No. 3 doubles 6-2, 6-2.
Falling to 3-5 with the loss, the Jacks return to their home courts at 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, at Bemidji High School.