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Perham/NYM tennis opens with a pair of splits

The Perham/New York Mills girls tennis team opened the season with a pair of road splits on Aug. 18 and 19. They opened the season with a 5-2 victory over Sauk Centre, before falling to Foley, 6-1, on Aug. 18. The road trip continued with another pair of dual meets on Aug. 19. Perham/NYM defeated Pequot Lakes, 4-3, before falling to Osakis, 6-1.

Perham/NYM showcased its strength in the doubles portion, sweeping all three matches while taking a pair of singles wins against Sauk Centre.

Elle Birkeland and Jojo Winkels anchored the No. 1 spot in a straight set victory over Hannah Mockros and Emily Primus, 7-6 (7-2), 6-1. Kiera Radniecki and Jade Lenius cruised to a 6-0, 6-4 victory over Sarah Middendorf and Abbey Olson at No. 2. Malia Groff and Grace Minten won in straight sets over Natalie Berndt and Alexis Tate, 6-1, 6-4, at third doubles.

Michelle Swyter rallied from behind for a win at No. 3 singles. She dropped the first set, 1-6, to Erica Middendorf, before responding with a 6-2 win in the second set. She won the third set, 10-4.

Avery Beachy won in straight sets at No. 4 singles, defeating Lily Felling, 6-4, 6-2, helping Perham/NYM secure the victory. Brianna Schwantz was defeated in three sets by Maria Jennisen at No. 2 singles, 6-4, 3-6, 9-11, while Makayla Melvin was edged at No. 1 singles by Melissa Zimmerman, 2-6, 2-6.

Perham/NYM was tested in their second match of the day, dropping a decision to Foley, 6-1. Schwantz earned the lone Perham/NYM win at No. 2 singles when she defeated Jami Novak, 6-3, 6-4.

Foley made the jump to Class AA and showcased their depth and strength in the victory. Melvin was stopped by Peyton Kopel at No. 1, 2-6, 1-6, while Swyter was defeated by Jayden Kloss, 4-6, 3-6, at No. 3. Beachy was edged out by Taylor O’Brien at No. 4, 1-6, 0-6, as Foley garnered three of the four singles points.

Foley swept the doubles field over Perham/NYM. Birkeland and Winkels were defeated by Maddie Gorecki and Kate Corrigan, 2-6, 4-6. Radniecki and Lenius were stopped by Dani Rueckert and Maggie Kipka, 1-6, 4-6, while Groff and Emma Bowers were defeated by Tara Metzger and Brooke Beier, 3-6, 1-6.

Perham/NYM returned to action with a narrow 4-3 victory over Pequot Lakes on Aug. 19. Perham/NYM captured two singles matches and two doubles matches, earning the victory. Melvin and Swyter were victorious in singles action. Melvin defeated Alexis Lueck, 6-4, 6-0 at No. 1, while Swyter defeated Maddy Pluimer, 6-4, 6-3 at No. 3. Birkeland and Winkels were victorious at No. 1 doubles, defeating Erin Bengston and Alexa Fyle, 6-4, 7-5. Minten and Bowers won in three sets at No. 3, winning 4-6, 6-4 and 10-8 over Morgan Lueck and Afton Crocker.

Schwantz lost in straight sets to Morgan Mudgett, 4-6, 4-6, while Beachy was defeated by Courtney Boller, 0-6, 0-6. Radniecki and Lenius were defeated by Elli Saxerud and Maddy Sherman, 2-6, 3-6.

Lenius and Radniecki picked up the lone point for Perham/NYM when they squared off with Osakis. The No. 2 doubles duo defeated Kiara Hensley and Alexa Lien, 6-2, 6-1. Winkels and Birkeland were defeated by Karlee Hoffarth and Kalie Giesler, 1-6, 3-6, while Minten and Bowers were knocked off by Dinara DyKema and Mara VanNyhuis, 5-7, 4-6.

Melvin was edged out by Tia DyKema, 0-6, 0-6, while Schwantz was defeated by Shea Olson, 0-6, 2-6. Swyter fell in three tough sets to Camryn Hoffarth, 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-10, while Beachy was defeated by Lauren Scherr, 1-6, 1-6.

Perham/NYM returns to action with the Highway 10 Classic in Wadena and Staples-Motley on Aug. 23, beginning at 9 a.m.

Jason Groth

 Groth is a Minnesota Newspaper Association award-winning Sports Editor of the Perham Focus and the Wadena Pioneer Journal. Groth worked in Grand Rapids as the Sports Director at KOZY/KMFY radio for two years and prior to that he was the Sports Editor/Writer for the Grand Rapids Herald-Review for seven years. 

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