Just days after starting their new season with a 4th place showing at the Pine City Invitational, Bemidji girls tennis captured a 5-2 victory against Alexandria in its first team match of the season Wednesday afternoon at the Bemidji High School Tennis Courts.
The Lumberjacks were slated for an additional match against Thief River Falls under the lights later in the day, but the contest was postponed to Sep. 19 due to misty, slick court conditions. In spite of the day’s lightened slate, the two-time defending Section 8AA champions made the most of their only match.
Senior captain and new number one singles player Emily Dondelinger used a fast start and steady finish amidst long rallies to notch a 6-1, 6-4 victory against Marisa Rousu of the Cardinals. At number four singles, Bemidji sophomore Morgan Nyhusmoen smoothly dispatched Teresa Bitzen 6-1, 6-1.
In doubles, the Lumberjacks’ top pair of Darby Neis and Maddie Jensen picked up the decisive team point by holding off Ayla Rolin and Jayln Halverson 6-2, 6-4. Noelle Mueller and Sammie Wood were also 6-2, 6-2 winners in the number three slot against the Cardinals’ Meredith Sundby and Madalyn Hosfeldt.
The day’s most compelling match was at second doubles, where Bemidji’s pair of Kendal Midboe and Elena Peterson rallied from a first-set loss to topple Alex’s Chelby Runge and Morgan Aure 6-7, 6-2, 10-8 in a third-set tiebreaker.
The Cardinals claimed wins from Rachel Wegner in second singles–a 6-0, 6-4 defeat of Anna Glen–and Kylie Lattimer, who defeated Bemidji 8th grader Elizabeth Peterson 6-3, 6-4 in third singles.
The Lumberjacks’ triangular scheduled for Thursday has been postponed, meaning their next match will be at home Friday at 9:30am against Hibbing.
Post-match interview with Bemidji head coach Kyle Fodness: