Making its debut in the Central Lakes Conference, Bemidji girls tennis opened the 2020 fall season with a strong 6-1 victory over new conference foe Rocori on Tuesday afternoon at the Bemidji High School tennis courts.
The Lumberjacks got a resounding opening point courtesy of junior captain and returning #1 singles player Savannah Haugen, who needed just over a half hour to roll to a 6-0, 6-0 victory against the Spartans’ Kathryn Headlee. The number one doubles spot also produced a point for Bemidji from seniors Lexi Leitner and Nettie Kimble, who won 6-0, 6-4 over Shelby Garding and Kristin Wieling.
Eighth grader Margie Anderson earned the #4 singles spot for the Lumberjack varsity going into the season, and she marked her first match at the top level against Rocori’s Ava Peters with an impressive 6-0, 6-1 win.
The team victory for the Lumberjacks’ was secured by junior Tatum Offerdahl, who battled back to roar past Katie Kaluza 4-6, 6-0, 6-0 in #3 singles.
At second doubles, Paige Anderson and Chloe Hasbargen battled through the Rocori duo of Abby Jopp and Kaylene Andrusick for a hard-fought 7-6, 6-3 victory. Just next to them, another pair of Varsity debutants for Bemidji were winners, as freshman Maddie Jensen and eighth grader Mollie Rupp topped Teanna Horn and Mackenzie Galazen after a third-set tiebreak 6-7, 6-0, 7-6 (7-3).
What was perhaps the match of the day came in #2 singles and proved to be Rocori’s sole victory. Adeline Loesch edged past Bemidji’s Emily Dondelinger 6-7, 6-3, 11-9 in a lengthy match thanks to a third-set, 10-point tiebreaker.
Bemidji will travel for its next match Thursday afternoon at St. Cloud Apollo.