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Girls Tennis: Eagles get key win over Perham

By John George sports@eot.com When the Perham and New York Mills tennis teams get together, it always means something. It was no different last Thursday when the two teams met, each with just one dual meet win on the season, and both looking to g...

By John George

sports@eot.com

When the Perham and New York Mills tennis teams get together, it always means something. It was no different last Thursday when the two teams met, each with just one dual meet win on the season, and both looking to get an edge in section seeding.

For the first time since the opening match of the 2006 season, Mills snapped a four-match losing streak to the Yellow Jackets with a close 4-3 win. It's their first win over Perham since the opening match of the 2006 season.

"It's always great to get a win over Perham," Mills head coach Gary Bach said. "We have such a fun rivalry."

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The Eagles picked up three of their four points in singles with Stephanie Hendrickx, Savanah Thompson and Missy Hendrickx picking up wins. Perham's lone victory was by Emily Lindberg at No. 3 singles. The Jackets changed their line-up, switching Becca Huebsch from No. 2, to No. 1 singles, and moving Amy Pawlowski to No. 2.

The Jackets were able to get wins at No. 1 and No. 3 doubles. The No. 2 doubles match between Mills' Chelsey Hendrickx and Trisha Loerzel, against Perham sisters Danielle and Hannah Brenk needed a third set before the NYM?duo pulled out the deciding victory.

Prairie Conference

The Eagles got off to slow start in their semifinal matches Saturday at the Prairie Conference Tournament in Long Prairie. The result was fewer team points and a third place finish. Osakis won their third straight conference title with 25 points. They took first in four of the seven brackets. Parkers Prairie was second with 22, followed by Mills (15) and St. John's Prep (8).

Eagle freshman Missy Hendrickx provided the highlight for the team, taking first at No. 4 singles. She beat Bianca Spalj of Prep in the first round, then came from behind in the championship against Kiera Zimmel of Osakis, 3-6, 6-2, 6-0.

"We did take most of the third place matches (five), and we'll take the solid third place finish for our team," Bach said. "However, we know we are capable of playing better and will strive to do just that for the rest of the season."

Mills was scheduled to host Upsala/Swanville on Tuesday, but the match was canceled.

The Eagles have two more dual meets this season, on the road at St. John's Prep today (Sept. 25), then at Perham on Oct. 2. The Section 8A?tournament starts Oct. 7.

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Perham vs. W-DC

Perham hosted Wadena-Deer Creek Tuesday. ?Results were not available when EOT?Illustrated went to press.

Regular season closes

Perham will make-up a previous rain out at Osakis on Sept. 30, then close out their regular season against the Eagles on Oct. 2.

Thursday, September 18

New York Mills 4, Perham 3

Singles

1. Stephanie Hendrickx (NYM)?def. Becca Huebsch, 6-3, 6-1; 2. Savanah Thompson (NYM)?def. Amy Pawlowski, 6-3, 7-6 (7-5); 3. Emily Lindberg (P)?def. Alli Slieter, 6-2, 6-2; 4. Missy Hendrickx (NYM)?def. Brita Sundberg, 6-0, 6-0.

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Doubles

1. Emily Wurgler &?Whitney Delaney (P)?def. Christine Becker &?Kendal Perala, 6-3, 6-1; 2. Chelsea Hendrickx &?Trisha Loerzel (NYM)?def. Danielle Brenk &?Hannah Brenk, 6-3, 5-7, 6-2; 3. Megan Shipman &?Suzanne Coleman (P)?def. Lauren Bach &?Kensey Perala, 6-1, 6-2.

Saturday, September 20

Prairie Conference Tournament

at Long Prairie

1. Osakis 25, 2. Parkers Prairie 22, 3. New York Mills 15, 4. St. John's Prep 8.

Singles

1. S. Hendrickx 1-1 (3rd Place); 2. Thompson 1-1 (3rd Place); 3. Slieter 0-2 (4th Place); 4. M. Hendrickx 2-0 (1st Place).

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Doubles

1. Perala &?Becker1-1 (3rd Place); 2. C. Hendrickx &?Loerzel 1-1 (3rd Place); 3. Bach &?Perala 1-1 (3rd Place).

Tuesday, September 23

Wadena-Deer Creek at Perham

Results unavailable at press time.

Perham 5th at Mid-State

Perham finished fifth at the Mid-State Conference Meet, which was finished Sept. 17 after getting rained out on Sept. 13.

Staples-Motley won their 3rd straight conference title, taking first in five of the seven brackets to finish with 37 points. Pequot Lakes was the runner-up with 31 points, followed by Park Rapids in third with 28.

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Lindberg was the top Jacket place winner, taking third at No. 3 singles. She opened the tournament with a 7-5, 6-0 win over Shawnah Fore of Crosby-Ironton, then lost a second round match to Sarah Thomas of Pequot Lakes. Lindberg finished on a high-note, coming from behind to beat Karly Dickinson of Park Rapids in the third place match, 1-6, 6-3, 6-2.

The No. 1 doubles team of Whitney Delaney and Emily Wurgler also picked up two wins, but finished fifth. After losing their first match to a team from C-I, the Perham duo came from behind to beat Detroit Lakes, 2-6, 7-5, 6-2, then beat a Wadena-Deer Creek team in the fifth place match, 6-3, 7-5.

Wednesday, September 17

Mid-State Conference Tournament

at Park Rapids

1. Staples-Motley 37, 2. Pequot Lakes 31, 3. Park Rapids 28, 4. Wadena-Deer Creek 18, 5. Perham 16, 6. Crosby-Ironton 8, 7. Detroit Lakes 7.

Singles

1. Amy Pawlowski 1-2 (6th Place); 2. Becca Huebsch 1-1 (5th Place); 3. Emily Lindberg 2-1 (3rd Place); 4. Hannah Brenk 1-2 (4th Place).

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Doubles

1. Whitney Delaney &?Emily Wurgler 2-1 (5th Place); 2. Danielle Brenk &?Brita Sundberg 1-1 (5th Place); 3. Megan Shipman &?Suzanne Coleman 1-1 (5th Place).

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