The Bemidji girls tennis team celebrates with the Section 8AA champions trophy after topping Becker 4-3 in the final Friday in Sartell. (Photo courtesy of Kyle Fodness)

REPEAT! Bemidji Girls Tennis Takes Section 8AA Team Title Again

Bemidji captured a second consecutive team championship in Section 8AA girls tennis with a 4-3 triumph over South subsection top seed Becker on Friday evening in Sartell, just hours after reaching the final with a 6-1 win against St. Cloud Tech in the semifinals.

The Lumberjacks used a sweep of the three doubles matches with Becker to move to the brink of winning the title and got a lone win at no. 4 singles from Anna Glen to confirm their status as repeat champions.

Top doubles tandem Chloe Hasbargen and Tatum Offerdahl rolled to a 6-1, 6-4 victory against the Bulldogs’ Jazlyn Toedter and Julia Peterson, and were joined by a two-set 6-2, 6-0 domination by Abby Johnson and Paige Anderson at second singles to put two early points on the board.

Darby Neis and Madi Jensen rallied back from a first-set loss to defeat Kennedy Drehmel and Lily Anderson 1-6, 6-2, 6-2 to complete the doubles trifecta for the Lumberjacks.

Glen needed a rally in her no. 4 singles match with Lauren Coral to secure the final point necessary, as she was victorious 1-6, 7-6 (8), 6-1.

In a matchup of the top two singles competitors in tomorrow’s individual field, Becker’s Maddie Moe downed Bemidji’s Savannah Haugen 6-1, 7-6 (7) in the no. 1 singles slot. Emily Dondelinger was defeated 6-2, 6-4 in the second singles match, and Mollie Rupp lost 6-1, 6-3 at no. 3 singles.

Bemidji’s attention will now shift to tomorrow’s individual competition, with Haugen the top seed in the singles field and Hasbargen and Dondelinger still battling in the doubles bracket.

The Lumberjacks missed out on competing in the state Class AA tournament last season due to COVID-19, but will appear this year in the return of the state competiiton at the University of Minnesota’s Baseline Tennis Center. The team and individual tournaments are scheduled for Oct. 26-29.