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Clean sweep for Perham/NYM tennis

Perham/NYM's Makayla Melvin follows through on her backhand winner at No. 1 singles against Crosby-Ironton. Jason Groth/FOCUS

The Perham/NYM girls tennis team needed a bounceback performance when they defeated Parkers Prairie 7-0 earlier in the week. This time, the Yellowjackets wanted to make a statement, defeating Crosby-Ironton, 7-0, for their second consecutive dual meet victory on Sept. 7.

“East Grand Forks was definitely a tough one,” Perham/NYM’s Makayla Melvin said. “But, it is good that we are bouncing back, pretty quick. Hopefully, we can keep up the good momentum. I hope the rest of our season can go pretty well, we can be really good this year.”

The Yellowjackets made quick work of the Rangers with every match ending in straight sets. The Rangers made a couple of lineup tweaks, moving their top singles players to doubles.

Melvin was dominant at No. 1 singles, earning a 6-0, 6-0 win over Emma Stokman. The senior dictated the flow of the match, picking up her first 6-0, 6-0 victory of the season. She said she worked on some new techniques.

“There top singles players were at doubles, so it was a good match to work on skills,” Melvin said.  “I don’t like to be the one running in my matches, so I like to make the other person run. That was nice and it was nice to be an easier match.”

Brianna Schwantz rolled to a straight set victory at No. 2. Schwantz earned a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Jordayn Millsop.

Brianna Schwantz

Michelle Swyter won in straight sets, 6-1, 6-2, when she defeated Annika Sevenson at No. 3 singles. Avery Beachy did not drop a game as well on her way to a 6-0, 6-0, victory over Teresa Goodwin at No. 4 singles.

It was a tough battle at No. 1 singles for Elle Birkeland and Jojo Winkels but they were able to outlast Shelain Lewis and Kalina Spalj in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3.

Elle Birkeland

Jade Lenius and Kiera Radniecki earned a 6-2, 6-2 victory. Grace Minten and Mirta Vorderbruggen closed out at No. 3 doubles, cruising to a 6-1, 6-1 victory.

The sweep improved the Yellowjackets to 4-4 on the season. The Yellowjackets return to action with the annual Brainerd Moose Tournament on Sept. 9.

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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