The Bemidji High School girls tennis team extended its season-opening win streak to seven matches with a 5-2 home victory over Alexandria on Thursday.
The team is now undefeated at 7-0 for the year, while the Cardinals fell to 6-2. Alexandria head coach Dave Ronning said the final score does not indicate how close things were between the two teams.
"Our girls fought hard and it was an enjoyable match," Ronning said. "We are very happy with the performance everyone put forth, and we can't take anything away from the Lumberjacks. They are a very good team that plays hard and fast and proved why they are undefeated on the season."
Chloe Hasbargen and Paige Anderson opened the day with a 6-4, 6-4 win at No. 2 doubles. Bemidji’s top three singles players took it from there as Savannah Haugen (6-1, 6-1) and Emily Dondelinger (6-4, 6-0) each won in straight sets to give the team a 3-0 lead. Tatum Offerdahl overcame a 6-1 loss to take the final two sets 6-1, 6-4 and clinch the match victory for BHS.
The Cardinals won two of the day’s final three matches in No. 3 doubles and No. 4 singles. Jaya Hatlestad won 7-6, 6-4 at that fourth singles spot, and Maci Tilleskjor and Grace Reed won 6-4, 6-4 at third doubles.
Bemidji 5, Alexandria 2
No. 1: Haugen (BHS) def. Holm, 6-1, 6-1
No. 2: Dondelinger (BHS) def. Roggenbuck, 6-4, 6-0
No. 3: Offerdahl (BHS) def. Jiang, 1-6, 6-1, 6-4
No. 4: Hatlestad (ALX) def. Neis, 7-6, 6-4
No. 1: Leitner/Kimble (BHS) def. Svee/Netland, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3
No. 2: Hasbargen/P. Anderson (BHS) def. Doherty/Aure, 6-4, 6-2
No. 3: Tilleskjor/Reed (ALX) def. Rupp/M. Anderson, 6-4, 6-4