Tennis roundup: Osakis now 9-0, Lakers get back on track

Osakis first singles player Tia Dykema goes into her serve in a match against St. John's Prep early this season. Dykema won a close two-setter against Madison Packer of Wadena-Deer Creek on Tuesday to help the Silverstreaks to a 7-0 win and a 9-0 record overall this year. (Eric Morken / Echo Press)

The Osakis girls tennis team had to work a little harder than most nights on Tuesday with a match against Wadena-Deer Creek, but the end result was the same -- another 7-0 victory that ran this group’s winning streak to nine matches to start the season.

“We had good efforts today on the road against a determined WDC team,” Osakis head coach Ryan Maddock said. “They have an up-and-coming team and they showed a lot of fight, so I was proud of our girls in keeping their focus and avoiding the upset bid. We played a different lineup in efforts of getting some more kids varsity playing time, and I thought they handled themselves well.”

Sydney Rach and MaKenzie Lien had the lone three-set win for Osakis as they took the second doubles match by a 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 final. All the other match-ups were two-setters, but some of those were very close.

Tia Dykema won 6-2 in her first set at first singles before edging Madison Packer 7-6 (7-5) in the second. Larissa Hoffarth went back and forth with Libby Hartman at third singles and won 7-6 (7-1), 6-4, while Kennedy George won 6-4, 6-2 at the third spot and Bria Hoffarth added a straight-set win at fourth singles.

Mara VanNyhuis moved from her normal second singles spot and played first doubles with Leah Maddock. That duo won 6-2, 6-0, and Jayden Hensley and Hatti Schmidtbauer wrapped up the sweep with a 6-4, 6-1 win at third doubles.



SINGLES - No. 1 - Tia Dykema (O) def. Madison Packer, 6-2, 7-6 (7-5); Kennedy George (O) def. Corra Endres, 6-4, 6-2; No. 3 - Larissa Hoffarth (O) def. Libby Hartman, 7-6 (7-1), 6-4; No. 4 - Bria Hoffarth (O) def. Genevieve Pinnella, 6-3, 6-2

DOUBLES - No. 1 - Mara VanNyhuis/Leah Maddock (O) def. KatieRae Fiemeyer/Nevada Schulz, 6-2, 6-0; No. 2 - Sydney Rach/MaKenzie Lien (O) def. Kayla Meeks/Mercedes Schulz, 6-4, 1-6, 6-3; No. 3 - Jayden Hensley/Hatti Schmidtbauer (O) def. Madelyn Gallant/Kelly Muckala, 6-4, 6-1

Lakers bounce back

Minnewaska bounced back from just its second loss of the season last week to Osakis by beating Morris Area-Chokio-Alberta-West Central Area in a 7-0 match on Tuesday.

Two of the four singles matches were decided in three sets, but Addy Randt and Annika Randt got the job done at second and third singles, respectively, for the Lakers. Alissa Thorfinnson won her first singles match in straight sets, and Leah Hagen did the same at the fourth spot.

The tightest doubles match came in the No. 1 spot. Maddie Thorfinnson and Olivia Richards held off Greta Hentges and Lakia Mariska by a 6-4, 6-4 final. Ally Mogard and Zoey Elwood won 6-4, 6-0 at second doubles and Grace Jensen and Olivia Bleick wrapped up the sweep in straight sets at the third spot.


SINGLES - No. 1 - Alissa Thorfinnson (Waska) def. Abbigail Athey, 6-1, 6-3; No. 2 - Addy Randt (Waska) def. Katelyn Wehking, 5-7, 6-4, 7-5; No. 3 - Annika Randt (Waska) def. Kassidy Girard, 4-6, 6-1, 6-1; No. 4 - Leah Hagen (Waska) def. Hope Sperr, 6-0, 6-3; Exhibition - Alia Randt (Waska) def. Destiny Pollard, 8-3


DOUBLES - No. 1 - Maddie Thorfinnson/Olivia Richards (Waska) def. Greta Hentges/Lakia Mariska, 6-4, 6-4; No. 2 - Ally Mogard/Zoey Elwood (Waska) def. Brynna Olson/Breanna Schmidgall, 6-4, 6-0; No. 3 - Grace Jensen/Olivia Bleick (Waska) def. KJ Nibbe/Lydia Fynboh, 6-2, 6-0; Exhibition - Megan Thorfinnson/Sydney Dahl (Waska) def. Kylie Marr/Tasha Koehl, 8-1

Eric Morken is a sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press Newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota, a property of the Forum News Service. Morken covers a variety of stories throughout the Douglas County area, as well as statewide outdoor issues.
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