GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- The Bemidji High School girls tennis team finished its regular season schedule with a 6-1 win over Crookston at the Choice Health and Fitness in Grand Forks, N.D. on Tuesday.
“This is always a really good match for us as we head into tournament (play),” BHS head coach Mark Fodness said. “Crookston is always competitive and it's a nice opportunity for the players to get on the courts where the tournament is held. We played a lot of good tennis today. We are dealing with a few injuries so the girls are going to have to be tough in the days ahead.”
The Lumberjacks (12-6) swept the doubles matches and took three of the four singles bouts.
Freshman Savannah Haugen dropped just one game in the top singles match against Catherine Tiedemann (6-1, 6-0), and Taylor Offerdahl followed with a 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 win over Hayden Winjum for a quick 2-0 Jacks lead.
“Savannah took a couple games to get rolling after missing a few days last week but once she got settled down she played a strong match,” Fodness said. “She did a terrific job of recognizing when to be consistent and when to go for a big shot.
“Taylor started out slowly but then settled in to a good routine. She was struggling a bit with her big shots in the first set but then dialed it back a little and got into a good groove.”
Crookston then scored its first point with a 6-0, 6-0 win at third singles with Emma Borowicz getting the better of BHS junior Aftyn Schmidt.
Hannah Nelson and Lexi Leitner teamed up in the No. 1 doubles match for a 6-4, 6-1 win against Elysa Christensen and Hannah Street, and Tatum Offerdahl followed it with a match-clinching 6-2, 6-3 win over Halle Winjum at fourth singles.
To reach the 6-1 win, Bemidji’s Bethany Chatterton and Nettie Kimble beat Hannah Lindemoen and Eden Haller 6-1, 7-6 (7-5), while Kylen Fenson and Choe Hasbargen topped Emma Osborn and Emma Gunderson 6-4, 6-2.
“Bethany and Nettie always seem to play at least one tiebreaker and they did so again today,” Fodness said. “The girls are getting a little more aggressive at the net and both have improved their serves. Nettie had a number of aces today and had two in her last service game.”
Seeding for the Section 8AA team tournament will be held today, Wednesday, Oct. 3. Fodness said he expects the Lumberjacks to take the No. 5 seed and play fourth-seeded Moorhead.
Section play starts the morning of Thursday, Oct. 4, back at Choice Health and Fitness in Grand Forks.
Bemidji 6, Crookston 1
1 – Haugen (BEM) def. Tiedemann (CRK) 6-1, 6-0
2 – Tay. Offerdahl (BEM) def. Hay. Winjum (CRK) 7-6 (7-5), 6-3
3 – Borowicz (CRK) def. Schmidt (BEM) 6-0, 6-0
4 – Tat. Offerdahl (BEM) def. Hal. Winjum (CRK) 6-2, 6-3
1 – Nelson/Leitner (BEM) def. Christensen/Street (CRK) 6-4, 6-1
2 – Chatterton/Kimble (BEM) def. Lindemoen/Haller (CRK) 6-1, 7-6 (7-5)
3 – Fenson/Hasbargen (BEM) def. Osborn/Gunderson (CRK) 6-4, 6-2