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Girls tennis: Minnewaska ekes past Osakis 4-3 in top-tier clash

Minnewaska junior Greta Reichmann (right) and her doubles partner Alissa Thorfinnson high-five to celebrate a point during the Lakers' 4-3 win at Osakis on Thursday. (Micah Friez / Echo Press)1 / 5
Osakis junior Camryn Hoffarth winds up during her doubles matchup against Minnewaska on Thursday. Hoffarth and Mara VanNyhuis won at No. 1 doubles, but the Silverstreaks lost 4-3 in Osakis. (Micah Friez / Echo Press)2 / 5
Osakis junior Alexa Lien returns a ball during the Silverstreaks' 4-3 loss to Minnewaska at Osakis on Thursday. (Micah Friez / Echo Press)3 / 5
Minnewaska junior Karra Hanson eyes her ball as she follows through during the Lakers' 4-3 win at Osakis on Thursday. (Micah Friez / Echo Press)4 / 5
Osakis head coach Ryan Maddock (right) gives sophomore Tia Dykema a fist bump after offering instruction during the Silverstreaks' 4-3 loss to Minnewaska on Thursday. (Micah Friez / Echo Press)5 / 5

For the past two seasons, Greta Reichmann had a consistent doubles partner on the Minnewaska girls tennis team. But this year, the Laker junior has teamed up with freshman Alissa Thorfinnson at the top doubles slot.

So far, so good.

Reichmann and Thorfinnson defeated Shea Olson and Camryn Hoffarth of Osakis 6-2, 6-4 on Thursday, which continued the duo’s perfect season and proved to be the difference in Minnewaska’s 4-3 victory in Osakis.

“Alissa and I are evenly placed,” said Reichmann. “I’m more of the consistent and Alissa is more of the power. It works out. Placement over power is kind of what we go by. As long as that works. We just try to stay positive and hope it works out.”

The tandem showcased their chemistry throughout their victory on Thursday.

“Staying consistent and placing the ball in the right place is what we did most of the time,” Thorfinnson said of the win. “(Our focus is) keeping each other positive and relaying it to your partner so they remember.”

Lakers head coach Tara Reichmann said the duo’s victory was one of the most important decisions of the day.

“I was thinking that would be a tough match,” she said. “They pulled through on a very close match that we needed.”

Apart from the Reichmann/Thorfinnson win, Minnewaska also picked up points on the singles side from Danielle Thorfinnson (No. 1), Karra Hanson (No. 3) and Maddie Thorfinnson (No. 4).

At the top singles spot, Danielle Thorfinnson earned a 6-3, 1-6, 6-1 win over Osakis’ Tia Dykema.

“I was just hoping that I would play well, and then it wouldn’t matter if I won or not,” Danielle said. “Tia is a tough player. It’s fun.”

Hanson picked up a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Alexa Lien, and Maddie Thorfinnson followed by breezing to a 6-0, 6-0 sweep over Lexi Spychalla.

The Silverstreaks picked up a win through Lauren Scherr at No. 2 singles, as Scherr came back from a 4-1 deficit in the first set and won 7-5 over Hannah Orlowski. She doubled down with a victory in the second set through a 6-3 win.

In doubles, the No. 2 Osakis team of Mara VanNyhuis and Kennedy George took down Annika and Addy Randt with a back-and-forth 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 win. Kadyn Triebenbach and Sydney Rach added to the tally with a win at No. 3 doubles, topping Minnewaska’s Madison Kluver and Aliyah Bayer 6-4, 6-2.

“I thought all of our girls played pretty well,” Osakis head coach Ryan Maddock said. “(Minnewaska) was singles strong today, but I guess that’s arguable. They have a lot of good players.”

The Lakers’ tandem of Haylee Wildman and Olivia Richards also came out with a 7-5, 1-6 (10-6) doubles win over Muriah Adolphsen and Brittany Dietrich in an exhibition matchup.

“It’s a great measuring stick. It’s nice to get a look at the other top team in the section, especially for our new varsity players,” Maddock said. “You always want to win, but we’re pretty happy with how we played today. I don't think there’s anything wrong with how we played. They just played a little bit better.”

The Silverstreaks and Lakers have combined to claim the last seven Section 6A Tournament titles, and so a close match on Thursday was no surprise.

“I think both our teams are very competitive. We’re closely matched,” coach Reichmann said. “We have definite work to do at some of our positions, but it’s kind of a good place to figure out where you have areas that need improvements.”

Osakis dropped to 6-1 after its first loss of the season, while the Lakers’ win bumped up their record to 9-2 on the year.

“Winning this match, in specific, gets you more prepared, more excited and more focused on your next match to come,” Greta Reichmann said. “Obviously there’s still work to do, and we still have a while. We’ll probably see Osakis again at sections because they’re a good team.”

MINNEWASKA 4, OSAKIS 3

SINGLES - No. 1 - Danielle Thorfinnson (M) def. Tia Dykema, 6-3, 1-6, 6-1; No. 2 - Lauren Scherr (O) def. Hannah Orlowski 7-5, 6-3; No. 3 - Karra Hanson (M) def. Alexa Lien 6-2, 6-3; No. 4 - Maddie Thorfinnson (M) def. Lexi Spychalla 6-0, 6-0.

DOUBLES - No. 1 - Greta Reichmann/Alissa Thorfinnson (M) def. Shea Olson/Camryn Hoffarth 6-2, 6-4; No. 2 - Mara VanNyhuis/Kennedy George (O) def. Annika Randt/Addy Randt 6-2, 3-6, 6-2; No. 3 - Kadyn Triebenbach/Sydney Rach (O) def. Madison Kluver/Aliyah Bayer 6-4, 6-2; Exhibition - Haylee Wildman/Olivia Richards (M) def. Muriah Adolphsen/Brittany Dietrich 7-5, 1-6, (10-6).

Micah Friez

Micah Friez is a sports reporter for the Echo Press in Alexandria. A native of East Grand Forks, Minn., he is a 2018 graduate of Bemidji State University with a degree in Creative and Professional Writing. Follow him on Twitter at @micahfriez for Alexandria area sports updates and jokes he thinks are funny.

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