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Tennis: Silverstreaks improve to 15-1 with another victory

Kiara Hensley serves in second doubles against Sauk Centre. (Emily Myrin | Echo Press)1 / 6
Shea Olson enjoys another Silverstreaks victory in their match against Sauk Centre. (Emily Myrin | Echo Press)2 / 6
Camryn Hoffarth returns the ball in the Osakis match against Sauk Centre. (Emily Myrin | Echo Press)3 / 6
Tia Dykema lunges for the ball in her match against Sauk Centre's Melissa Zimmerman. (Emily Myrin | Echo Press)4 / 6
Tia Dykema in the Silverstreaks match against Sauk Centre. (Emily Myrin | Echo Press)5 / 6
Camryn Hoffarth serves in the Streaks' match against Sauk Centre. (Emily Myrin | Echo Press)6 / 6

The Osakis tennis team improved its record to 15-1 with a home victory over Sauk Centre on Monday night, despite the cold and wet weather.

"A person could always be nit picky but I thought they played good," Silverstreaks Coach Ryan Maddock said. "The colder temperatures are a little different but it's the same for both teams. So it's been going good."

The Streaks took every point except for second singles making the final score 6-1. Camryn Hoffarth battled it out with Emily Primus but Primus eventually took the point in three sets,6-4,2-6,11-9.

Tia Dykema defeated Melissa Zimmerman in first singles, 6-4, 6-0. Lauren Scherr and Alexa Lien both defeated their opponent in 6-1, 6-1.

"I did a little better than I thought I would today," Scherr said. "Just because it's a little colder and a little harder to hit the ball. Today went pretty smoothly for the team and I guess for myself."

Kali Giesler and Karlee Hoffarth took Erica Middendorf and Gabby Tschida 6-1 and 6-3 in first doubles. Shea Olson and Kiara Hensley defeated Hannah Mockros and Abbey Olson in second doubles, 6-2, 6-3. The final Osakis point was earned by Dinara Dykema and Mara Van Nyhuis when they beat Natalie Berndt and Sarah Middendorf, 6-4, 6-3 in third doubles.

"We've only had one loss which is really good for a young team," Scherr said. "We've played a lot of really good competition who were really hard to beat."

But the Streaks keep winning. Last year, they ended the season 15-3 and so far this year they are on their way to an even better record.

"We had high expectations and they're kinda right there where our expectations were," Maddock said. "They're a really great group of kids. They work hard. They put a lot of time into it so it's nice seeing all their effort pay off."

The Streaks are feeling confident about the Section 6A tournament play they'll face on Oct. 9 in Sartell, Maddock said.

"We want the kids to be confident in their abilities and be loose and play like they can. We feel pretty good," Maddock said.

"I feel pretty good about the tournament," Scherr said. "We have beaten every team that we're going to play so we have a good start heading into it."

This is a team that believes the pieces are in place for a state bid if it plays well.

"They'll be in a position where they'll have a chance (for state), for sure," Maddock said.

The Silverstreaks hit the road on Thursday, Sept. 28 to play the Dutchmen in Melrose at 4 p.m.


SINGLES - No. 1 - Tia Dykema (O) def. Melissa Zimmerman (S), 6-4, 6-0; No. 2 - Emily Primus (S) def. Camryn Hoffarth (O), 4-6, 6-2, 9-11; Lauren Scheer (O) def. Savanna Marthaler (S), 6-1, 6-1; Alexa Lieu (O) def. Alexis Tate (S), 6-1, 6-1

DOUBLES - No. 1 - Kali Giesler/Karlee Hoffarth (O) def. Erica Middendorf/Gabby Tschida (S), 6-1, 6-3; No. 2 - Shea Olson/Kiara Hensley (O) def. Hannah Mockros/Abbey Olson (S), 6-2, 6-3; No. 3 - Dinara Dykema/Mara Van Nyhuis (O) def. Natalie Berndt/Sarah Middendorf (S), 6-4, 6-3