BEMIDJI -- Quincy Wilson came through in the clutch for the Bemidji High School boys tennis team on Tuesday.
The junior erased an early deficit against Moorhead’s Jeron Sheldon, winning the fourth-singles matchup 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 and clinching a 4-3 win for the Lumberjacks at BHS.
“Being the last match on the courts and playing for the deciding point is never easy,” Bemidji head coach Mark Fodness said. “In fact, it’s such a mental challenge that… is often decided by who can just will themselves to a win -- even if it’s not pretty.”
Wilson built a 5-2 lead in the decisive third set, but he had his serve broken and his lead slimmed to 5-4. Nevertheless, Fodness said Wilson didn’t back down from the challenge.
“It would have been easy to fold, but Quincy started the next game with a big serve for a winner and then stayed aggressive,” Fodness said. “(He) came to the net repeatedly to take the game and give us the winning point.”
Moorhead recorded wins for the first two points up for grabs, but Ben Hess and Kolden Michalicek earned Bemidji’s first point of the day with a 6-2, 6-0 victory at second doubles. Spencer Konecne evened things up at 2-2 with a 6-4, 6-2 win at No. 1 singles.
“Ben and Kolden played a very strong match tonight,” Fodness said. “(They) did a great job of pressuring the other team by serving with consistency and coming to the net behind good approach shots.
“Spencer had a challenging first set but then settled in and really took care of business in the second.”
Eric Guida and Logan Jensen teamed up at third doubles, as well, where they roped in the Lumberjacks’ third straight point through a 6-4, 6-0 victory.
“Eric and Logan got off to a really poor start, but they settled in and focused on cutting down on their errors,” Fodness said. “After a 1-4 start, they rattled off 11 straight games to get a key win for us.”
However, Moorhead had wins at Nos. 2 and 3 singles to fall back on, and a win at No. 1 doubles brought on a 3-3 deadlock before Wilson’s match had been decided.
Once Wilson came out on top, he and BHS improved to 16-3 on the season with their fourth win in a row. After beating the Spuds three times last year, BHS has now won two meetings this season.
“We couldn’t have asked for a better match to prepare for tournament play,” said Fodness.
The Section 8AA Tournament is looming at the end of the week, but first Bemidji will host Thief River Falls under the lights at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 16, at BHS.
Bemidji 4, Moorhead 3
No. 1: Konecne (BHS) def. Lunak 6-4, 6-2
No. 2: Cai (MHS) def. Harrom 6-1, 6-1
No. 3: Khalid (MHS) def. Saxton 6-1, 6-0
No. 4: Wilson (BHS) def. Sheldon 3-6, 6-2, 6-4
No. 1: Overbo/Hilgers (MHS) def. S. Hess/Dickinson 7-5, 6-2
No. 2: B. Hess/Michalicek (BHS) def. Dang/Arnold 6-2, 6-0
No. 3: Guida/Jensen (BHS) def. Pettys/Bergeson 6-4, 6-0