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GIRLS TENNIS: Jacks pick up another split

BHS senior Taylor Offerdahl returns a serve in a singles match against Grand Rapids on Wednesday at the high school. (Jillian Gandsey | Bemidji Pioneer)

BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji High School girls tennis team once again took a split Wednesday afternoon, losing 4-3 to Greenway/Grand Rapids before defeating East Grand Forks 7-0 at the BHS courts.

Savannah Haugen, Taylor Offerdahl and the doubles duo of Chloe Hasbargen and Nettie Kimble led the way with two wins each on the day.

“Savannah and Taylor really came through for us in both matches today and it's really an advantage having them playing so well at the top of the lineup,” BHS head coach Mark Fodness said.

At No. 1 singles, the freshman Haugen topped GGR freshman Courtney Brandt without dropping a game and followed it with a 6-3, 6-0 victory over EGF’s Jenna Dietrich.

Offerdahl beat both of her second singles opponents, Nicole Ramirez of Grand Rapids (6-3, 6-3) and Maggie Dietrich of EGF (6-1, 6-4), while Hasbargen and Kimball took care of GGR’s Amber Elich and Taryn Hamling 6-3, 7-5 (7-3) at third doubles and EGF’s Thea Haaven-Farsted and Kate Johnson 6-2, 6-1 at second doubles.

The other BHS victors in the sweep over the Green Wave were Aftyn Schmidt (1-6, 6-0, (12-10)) and Tatum Offerdahl (5-7, 6-0, 11-9) at third and fourth singles, as well as pairings of Lexi Leitner and Paige Anderson (6-4, 2-6, (10-8)) at first doubles and Carley Swanson-Garro and Alyssa Koebke (injury default) at third doubles.

“We've lost three really close matches and we've had some narrow victories as well,” said Fodness. “When you look at this match score, you wouldn't guess that it went down to the wire.  But in this case, we were able to turn all the close matches in our favor.”

Bemidji is now 3-4 heading into today’s 4 p.m. match against Thief River Falls, which will be held back at BHS.

Greenway/Grand Rapids 4, Bemidji 3


1-Haugen (BHS) def. Brandt (GGR) 6-0, 6-0

2-Tay. Offerdahl (BHS) def. Nicole Ramirez (GGR) 6-3, 6-3

3-Hill (GGR) def. Tat. Offerdahl (BHS) 6-1, 6-4

4-Kangas (GGR) def. Anderson (BHS) 6-3, 6-1


1-Ja. Troumbly/Jo. Troumbly (GGR) def. Leitner/Nelson (BHS) 6-3, 6-0

2-Dowell/Witherill (GGR) def. Schmidt/Chatterton (BHS) 2-6, 6-3, (13-11)

3-Hasbargen/Kimball (BHS) def. Elich/Hamling (GGR) 6-3, 7-5

Bemidji 7, East Grand Forks 0


1-Haugen (BHS) def. J. Dietrich (EGF) 6-3, 6-0

2-Tay. Offerdahl (BHS) def. M. Dietrich (EGF) 6-1, 6-4

3-Schmidt (BHS) def. Havis (EGF) 1-6, 6-0, (12-10)

4-Tat. Offerdahl (BHS) def. Farder (EGF) 5-7, 6-0, (11-9)


1-Leitner/Anderson (BHS) def. Aitchison/Aaker (EGF) 6-4, 2-6, (10-8)

2-Kimball/Hasbargen (BHS) def. Haaven-Farsted (EGF) 6-2, 6-1

3-Swanson-Garro/Koebke (BHS) def. Stroot/Rand (EGF) 2-0, 2-0 (injury)