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Yellowjackets bounce back with win over Parkers Prairie

Perham/NYM's Kiera Radniecki focuses on her return during a doubles match at No. 2. Jason Groth/FOCUS

It was a much-needed bounceback win for the Perham/New York Mills girls tennis team when they swept Parkers Prairie, 7-0, at the Perham Tennis Courts on Sept. 5.

The Yellowjackets were coming off a pair of tough losses to East Grand Forks and Roseau during their home quadrangular. The Yellowjackets erased those memories with a sweep.

“It was a good bounce back effort after a tough couple of matches the week before,” Perham/NYM head coach Jameson Miller said. “I thought the players did a good job of using the off time to gather together and refocus. It’s always good to pick up a section win and Parkers Prairie has a very solid team as their record shows.”

The Yellowjackets were need of a section win after dropping those two to East Grand Forks and Roseau. They responded with five straight set victories of the seven matches.

MaKayla Melvin

MaKayla Melvin made quick work at No. 1 singles, defeating Parkers Prairie’s Abby Burquest in straight sets, 6-2, 6-1.

Brianna Schwantz defeated Madeline Schroeder at No. 2 singles. She won the match, 6-3, 6-1. Michelle Swyter was victorious at No. 3 singles. She earned a straight set victory over Analise Marquardt, 6-0, 7-5. Avery Beachy went three sets at No. 4 but was victorious. She defeated Erica Woida, 4-6, 7-5 and 10-8.

The doubles duo of Elle Birkeland and Jojo Winkels rebounded with a three-set victory over Magan Arens and Kaylee Esterberg, 6-1, 2-6 and 6-1. The team of Kiera Radniecki and Jade Lenius defeated Katelyn Schlosser and Katlyn Velde, 6-3, 6-3 at No. 2 doubles. Grace Minten and Emma Bowers knocked off Reghun DeBoer and Adrianna Moratto in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3.

“We need to stay focused and working hard as we still have a lot of ability to improve between now and October,” Miller said after the match.

The Yellowjackets return to the courts on Sept. 7 when they play host to Crosby-Ironton at 4 p.m. at the Perham Tennis Courts.

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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