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Tennis roundup: Alexandria, Osakis and Minnewaska/BBE earn solid wins

The Alexandria girls tennis team defeated Willmar 5-2 on Thursday, while Osakis defeated Pierz, 6-1 and Minnewaska/BBE beat the Lac Qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd Co-op, 6-1. Alexandria hosts Osakis, Crookston and Detroit Lakes at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Minnewaska/BBE travels to Granite Falls to face Yellow Medicine East at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

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Alexandria's Ayla Rolin (left) and Jalyn Halverson (right) celebrate after scoring a point in their doubles match against Sartell on Sept. 6, 2022. Ayla Rolin and Kylie Lattimer won a doubles match against Willmar on Sept. 8, 2022, while Jalyn Halverson won a singles match in Alexandria's 5-2 win.
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For the second time this season, the Alexandria girls tennis team has earned a win over the Willmar Cardinals with a 5-2 win on Thursday.

“After a sweep in the first meeting, Willmar made a few adjustments in their lineup and was able to score two team points,” Alexandria head coach Nick Jansen said.

Juniors Marisa Rousu and Jalyn Halverson, along with senior Teresa Bitzan, earned singles wins for Alexandria. Alexandria juniors Ayla Rolin and Kylie Lattimer earned a sweep (6-2, 6-0) at No. 1 doubles, while sophomores Faith Odland and Katelyn Thiery did the same at No. 3 doubles (6-1, 6-0).

Willmar’s two wins came at No. 1 singles, with Adali Laidlaw defeating Alexandria senior Rachel Wegner (6-2, 7-5) and Kennedy Mara/Addison Malone defeating senior Chelby Runge and sophomore Morgan Aure in three sets (6-7 (3-7), 7-6 (7-4), 6-3).

“Chelby Runge and Morgan Aure played for nearly three hours but came up short in the third set,” Jansen said. “Rachel Wegner came back after being down 4-1 in the second set but lost 7-5.”

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Alexandria is 6-4 on the season and has won four matches in a row. Alexandria has three matches on Saturday morning as Detroit Lakes, Crookston and Osakis come to town. These Saturday matches start at 10 a.m.

Alexandria 5, Willmar 2

SINGLES - No. 1 - Adali Laidlaw, (W) def. Rachel Wegner, (A), 6-2 , 7-5; No. 2 - Marisa Rousu, (A) def. Emmi Larson, (W), 6-1, 6-3; No. 3 - Jalyn Halverson, (A) def. Katelyn Garberdine, (W), 6-0, 6-1; No. 4 - Teresa Bitzan, (A) def. Jenna Hisken, (W), 6-1, 6-3

DOUBLES - No. 1 - Ayla Rolin/Kylie Lattimer, (A) def. Heidi Kath/Abby Hisken, (W), 6-0, 6-2; No. 2 - Kennedy Mara/Addison Malone, (W) def. Chelby Runge/Morgan Aure, (A), 6-7 (3-7), 7-6 (7-4), 6-3; No. 3 - Faith Odland/Katelyn Thiery, (A) def. Lizzy Hoffman/Aubrey Peterson, (W), 6-1, 6-0

Osakis cruises to win over Pierz

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Osakis' Jaclyn Dietrich lineups a shot during a doubles match with partner Lauren Anderson against Wadena-Deer Creek on Aug. 22, 2022, in Osakis. Dietrich and Madi Collins won a match at No. 3 doubles against Pierz on Sept. 8, 2022. Osakis defeated Pierz 6-1 on the day.
Sam Stuve / Alexandria Echo Press

Osakis had a strong showing on Thursday as it earned a 6-1 win over Pierz.

Freshmen Leah Maddock and Bella Weisser, along junior Bria Hoffarth and senior Larissa Hoffarth, earned convincing victories for the Silverstreaks.

Senior Lyndsey Middendorf and junior Brenna Moen earned a win at No. 2 doubles, while sophomore Jaclyn Dietrich and senior Madi Collins earned a win at No. 3 doubles in three sets. At No. 1 doubles, junior Lauren Anderson and Ellie George battled in a close match that was won by Pierz’s Kenna Offe and Britney Schemmer.

“We had a nice win at Pierz,” Osakis head coach Ryan Maddock said. “Our singles players had dominant days and all the doubles matches were close where we were able to get two out of three despite playing without one of our top players in Madeline Anderson who was unable to play on the day.”

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Osakis (9-4) is heading over to Alexandria on Saturday for matches, beginning at 10 a.m., along with Crookston and Detroit Lakes.

Osakis 6, Pierz 1

SINGLES - No. 1 - Leah Maddock (O) def. Alex Thielen (P), 6-1, 6-0; No. 2 - Larissa Hoffarth (O) def. Olivia Thielen (P), 6-0, 6-2; No. 3 - Bria Hoffarth (O) def. Evalie Gall (P), 6-0, 6-0; No. 4 - Bella Weisser (O) def. Addie Thielen (P), 6-0, 6-0

DOUBLES - No. 1 - Kenna Offe/Britney Schemmer (P) def. Ellie George/Lauren Anderson (O), 6-4, 6-3; No. 2 - Brenna Moen/Lyndsey Middendorf (O) def. Marissa Otremba/Grace Moeller (P), 6-2, 7-5; No. 3 - Madi Collins/Jaclyn Dietrich (O) def. Clara Tax/Abby Vernig (P), 4-6, 6-3, 10-7; EXTRA - Camryn Harold/Madelyn Kessler (P) def. Kayla Kulzer/Ambrosia Steinbrecher (O) 6-2, 6-0; Cora Mathews/Ambrosia Steinbrecher (O) def. Lilly Poser/Abby Gall (P), 10-5

Minnewaska/BBE defeats Lac Qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd Co-op

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Then-freshman Avarie Uhde rushes up to make a return at fourth singles for Minnewaska against Osakis on Sept. 16, 2021. Uhde and Katy Vold earned a win at No. 3 doubles on Sept. 8, 2022, against the Lac Qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd Co-op and helped Minnewaska/BBE earn a 6-1 win.
(Eric Morken / Alexandria Echo Press)

The Minnewaska/Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa Lakers earned a solid 6-1 win over the Lac Qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd co-op on Thursday.

Megan Thorfinnson, Olivia Danielson and Jayda Kolstoe earned singles wins for the Lakers. The Lakers swept the doubles matches with the teams of Olivia Bleick/Sydney Dahl, Grace Jensen/Zoey Elwood and Katy Vold/Avarie Uhde earning wins.

Minnewaska/BBE returns to the court on Tuesday for a match 4:30 p.m. in Granite Falls against Yellow Medicine East.

Minnewaska/BBE 6, Lac Qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd 1

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SINGLES - No. 1 - Megan Thorfinnson, (M/BBE) def. Katelyn Wittnebel (LQPV/D-B Co-op) 7-5 , 7-6 (4); No. 2 - Madelyn Matthies, (LQPV/D-B Co-op) def. Alia Randt, (M/BBE), 6-3, 6-4; No. 3 - Olivia Danielson, (M/BBE) def. Hannah Oie (LQPV/D-B Co-op) 6-4, 6-2; No. 4 - Jayda Kolstoe, (M/BBE) def. Sadie Hacker, (LQPV/D-B Co-op) , 6-1 , 6-2;

DOUBLES - No. 1 - Olivia Bleick/Sydney Dahl, (M/BBE) def. Claire Lowry/Kayla Jahn, (LQPV/D-B Co-op) , 6-2, 6-3; No. 2 - Grace Jensen/Zoey Elwood, (M/BBE) def. Kalista Bormann/Gertie Sieg, (LQPV/D-B Co-op), 6-4 , 7-6 (6), 10-5; No. 3 - Katy Vold/Avarie Uhde, (M/BBE) def. Taylen Jorgenson/Elsie Wiebe, (LQPV/D-B Co-op), 6-3, 7-5;

Sam Stuve covers a variety of sports in the Douglas County area. He also is assigned to do some news stories as well.
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