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Tennis: Alexandria falls in season opener at Bemidji

BEMIDJI -- The early-season success continued Wednesday for the Bemidji girls tennis team as the Lumberjacks thumped Alexandria 5-2 at the high school courts.

Wednesday’s triumph came off the heels of Tuesday’s three dual wins at Pine City and improved Bemidji’s record to 4-0. It also came in this fall’s only competition against Alexandria which is a section opponent.

“For seeding down the road, Wednesday’s win was very important,” said BHS coach Mark Fodness. “Playing back-to-back so early in the season, we really didn’t know what to expect. Tuesday’s weather helped us because it was cool enough that we didn’t tire and being at home against Alexandria was a benefit.”

The Lumberjacks claimed three of the four singles matches and posted a pair of doubles victories.

Finja Mahl, who is an exchange student from Germany, started the Jacks on their winning ways with a 6-0, 6-0 triumph at first singles. Abbie Kelm won 6-3, 6-0 at second and Alexis Konecne was a 6-1, 6-1 winner at third.

Taylor Offerdahl claimed her first set at fourth doubles 6-2 but dropped the second set 6-3 and fell 10-6 in the third-set tiebreaker.

Bemidji also fell at first doubles as Erin Edlund and Mattie Osborn tumbled 2-6, 6-0, 7-5.

BHS finished with wins at second and third doubles, however. Sam Edlund and Sarah McNallan teamed for a 6-4, 6-4 win and Nikki Anderson-Weir combined with Sydney Ewert for a 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 victory at third doubles.

“Our singles lineup is very tough,” Fodness said. “We are very happy with how Taylor is playing at fourth singles. She’s only in eighth grade and is battling and doing everything we are asking.

“Our doubles teams played hard on Wednesday but they will be the first to tell you that they need to improve,” the coach continued. “Overall, we are pleased with our doubles but we are leaving points on the court so there is work to do.”

The Lumberjacks are off on Thursday but will resume their busy schedule noon Friday at home against Hibbing.

“I thought we started Wednesday’s matches with slow feet so we’ll take it easy on Thursday and get back to work against Hibbing on Friday,” Fodness said.

Bemidji 5, Alexandria 2


Finja Mahl (B) def. Ellie Bergstrand 6-0, 6-0

Abbie Kelm (B) def. Bria Schuelter 6-3, 6-0

Alexis Konecne (B) def. Ellie Romming 6-1, 6-1

Kim Snell (A) def. Taylor Offerdahl 2-6, 6-3, (10-6)


Kim Wilkins and Kari Wilkins (A) def. Erin Edlund and Mattie Osborn 2-6, 6-0, 7-5

Sam Edlund and Sarah McNallan (B) def. Katie Peterson and Marsha Otto 6-4, 6-4

Nikki Anderson-Weir and Sydney Ewert (B) def. McKenna Petric and Taylor Partington 6-3, 1-6, 6-3


Shelby Eichstadt and Olivia Jones (B) def. Mariah Wegner and Elise Stockmoe 6-2, 6-0

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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