Mills netters face top conference foes
By John George firstname.lastname@example.org The Eagles girls tennis team got their second look at defending Prairie Conference champs Osakis Thursday. unfortunately, the match ended with the same result as Osakis went home with a 6-1 win. The Eagles lone victo...
By John George
The Eagles girls tennis team got their second look at defending Prairie Conference champs Osakis Thursday. unfortunately, the match ended with the same result as Osakis went home with a 6-1 win.
The Eagles lone victory was at No. 4 singles where Missy Hendrickx won 6-3, 7-5.
"Osakis has a very solid team," NY?Mills head coach Gary Bach said. "We played them close in several matches, but came up a little short."
Osakis had won, 6-1, at their home quadrangle to start the season on Aug. 18.
NY?Mills has played well against good competition, despite their 1-7 dual meet record this fall.
"Our players are continuing to work hard to improve, and staying positive as the season progresses," Bach added. "We believe our best tennis is ahead of us and continue to move forward without looking back."
The Eagles added the Moose Tournament in Brainerd to their schedule Saturday. New York Mills finished fifth out of five teams in the individual tournament with seven team points.
Brainerd won the tournament with 24 points. Roseau was second with 18, followed by Parkers Prairie (12) and Perham (9).
The Eagles best finish was turned in by Missy Hendrickx, who finished second at No. 4 singles. Hendrickx had victories over Hannah Brenk of Perham, Jessica Acker of Roseau and Katherine Wippler of Parkers Prairie.
Tuesday at PP
After facing the defending conference champs on Thursday, NY?Mills had to come back on Tuesday and take on the second best team from the Prairie Conference last year, Parkers Prairie.
Missy Hendrickxwon her 11th match of the season at No. 4 singles and the No. 3 doubles team of Lauren Bach and Kinsey Perala picked up a long, three-set victory, but that was it for the Eagles as Parkers Prairie won, 5-2.
Mills will have a full week away from competition before returning to action on Sept. 16 at Wadena-Deer Creek at 4:30 p.m. The Eagles will then host Perham on Sept. 18.
"With no more matches this week, we will focus on improving skills and strategies on the practice court and preparing for duals with Wadena and Perham as well as the PRC tournament next week," Bach said.
- Starting Monday, Sept. 15, fifth and sixth grade girls are invited to the Eagles Tennis Club after school. More information is available at school.
"We hope interest will be high and help build our tennis program for the future," Bach said.
Thursday, September 4
Osakis 6, New York Mills 1
1. Grundman (O)?def. Stephanie Hendrickx, 6-7 (4-7), 6-4, 10-4; 2. Thornbloom (O)?def. Savannah Thompson, 6-2, 7-5; 3. Giesler (O)?def. Alli Slieter, 6-0, 6-1; 4. Missy Hendrickx (NYM)?def. Hetland, 6-3, 7-5.
1. Giesler &?Alverson (O)?def. Kendal Perala &?Christine Becker, 6-3, 6-0; 2. Faen &?Mans (O)?def. Trisha Loerzel &?Chelsey Hendrickx, 6-4, 7-5; 3. Wolterstorff &?Garvin (O)?def. Lauren Bach &?Kinsey Perala, 6-1, 6-0.
Saturday, September 6
1. Brainerd 24, 2. Roseau 18, 3. Parkers Prairie 12, 4. Perham 9, 5. New York Mills 7.
1. S.Hendrickx (1-3); 2. Thompson (1-3); 3. Slieter (0-4); 4. M. Hendrickx (3-1).
1. Perala &?Becker (0-4); 2. Loerzel &?C. Hendrickx (1-3); 3. Bach &?Perala (1-3).
Tuesday, September 9
Parkers Prairie 5, New York Mills 2
1. Benzinger (PP)?def. S. Hendrickx, 7-5, 6-1; 2. Parsons (PP)?def. Thompson, 6-3, 6-1; 3. Rodriques (PP)?def. Slieter, 6-3, 6-4; 4. M. Hendrickx (NYM)?def. Warren, 6-3, 6-1.
1. Sjobeck &?Warren (PP)?def. Perala &?Becker, 6-0, 6-0; 2. Springer &?Zwig (PP)?def. Loerzel &?C. Hendrickx, 6-2, 6-4; 3. Bach &?Perala (NYM)?def. Aldrich &?Wippler, 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 10-6.