NYM Tennis: Eagles drop close match at Parkers Prairie
Close loss at PP
Mills dropped a close match on Tuesday at Parkers Prairie, 4-3.
"There were some one-sided contests, some close battles, and one unplanned default," Bach said.
Hendrickx left her No. 2 singles match due to illness.
"Wow what a match! The swarm of bees near the Panther's courts were out in full force and keeping all the players on their toes and swinging their racquets! (We wondered if Perham sent them over).
In singles Isabelle and Lauren won easily while Missy had to default due to illness. Savannah battled a very good player and fell short in the end.
In doubles Kaitlyn and Jen played their best tennis of the season spliting sets and winning in super tiebreaker.
It went the other way for Jenna and Krista in a very similiar match.
Our young third doubles team of Abby and Victoria dropped their match but continue to play hard and grow with each match.
Our extra players were able to get in two sets - which we did not expect to happen with only four courts to play on!
We'll take what we learned in this one and put it to good use at home on Thursday vs. section rival Park Rapids."
5th in Brainerd
New York Mills finished in a tie for fifth place in the six-team Moose Invitational hosted by Brainerd High School last Saturday. Brainerd had a pair of individual champions as they finished first overall as a team with 25 points. Roseau and Glencoe-Silver Lake tied for second with 18 points, followed by Perham in fourth (8). The Eagles tied with Parkers Prairie with seven points.
"This was a good mid-season tournament for us to play with many quality singles and doubles players," Bach said. "The experience of competing with them will help our players in our remaining dual matches this season."
Leading the way for Mills was Hendrickx, who was 3-1 at No. 2 singles. She won over G-SL, 6-3 6-3, Brainerd, 2-6 6-2 (9-7) and Parkers Prairie, 3-6 6-3 (7-1) Her loss came to Roseau's No. 2 player, 6-4 6-4.
"Missy came away with an impressive day, beating a Brainerd opponent who defeated her last year," Bach said.
Resch was 2-2 at No. 1 singles, beating opponents from G-SL and Parkers Prairie. She lost to a player from Roseau, then fell 6-7 (2-7), 6-2 (7-1) to Brainerd's No. 1 player.
The three doubles teams struggled, going a combined 2-10.
"Our doubles teams learned a lot today about the importance of strategy and playing the net position actively and well," Bach said.
The tournament used a modified scoring format. Meaning they played the best two of three sets, with sets starting at 2-2. There was no 'add scoring', meaning they didn't play past 'deuce' for points. They also played a tiebreaker in place of a full third set.
Home this week
The Eagles will return home today (Sept. 17) for a dual against Park Rapids. It will be Parent's Day when Mills hosts a dual against Wadena-Deer Creek on Sept. 22. Both matches are scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, September r12
Moose Invitational (Brainerd)
1. Brainerd 25, T-2. Roseau, Glencoe-Silver Lake 18, 4. Perham 8, T-5. New York Mills, Parkers Prairie 7.
1. Resch 2-2; 2. Hendrickx 3-1; 3. Maki 0-4; 4. Blomberg 0-4.
1. Bach & Thompson 1-3; 2. Esala & Guldseth 1-3; 3. Salo & Selander 0-4.
Tuesday, September 15
Parkers Prairie 4, New York Mills 3
1. Resch (NYM) def. Warren, 6-0, 6-0; 2. Sjobeck (PP) def. Hendrickx, 4-1 (default); 3. Warren (P) def. Thompson, 6-3, 6-2; 4. Bach (NYM) def. Dauphinais, 6-2, 6-1.
1. Hintsala & Maki (NYM) def. Wippler & Thompson, 6-3, 2-6, 10-6; 2. Sjobeck & Suchy (PP) def. Guldseth & Esala, 3-6, 6-3, 12-10; 3. Shircliff & Warren (PP) def. Salo & Selander, 6-3, 6-0.