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Yellowjackets win third straight tennis dual

After dropping a pair of section dual meets, the Perham/NYM tennis team has responded with three straight wins. Their third straight win came against a tough Park Rapids Area team when the Yellowjackets defeated them 5-2 on Sept. 12 in Park Rapids Area.

“Park Rapids has a very solid program every year, so I’m very pleased that we went over to Park Rapids and came back with a victory. That’s a difficult thing to do,” Perham/NYM head coach Jameson Miller said. “Our effort, attitude and focus for the most part was really good on the day and thought it helped push us over the hump when matches got tight at the end. I really like how our girls cheered for one another, not only after, but during their match.”

The Yellowjackets earned a sweep in the doubles portion, while capturing two singles win, earning their 5-2 win over Park Rapids Area. The Yellowjackets have started a bit of a streak against the Panthers after snapping a long drought against them last year.

The Yellowjackets have turned the corner after falling to East Grand Forks and Roseau in a quadrangular meet and have put some wins together, building momentum as they march towards the postseason. They followed with wins over Parkers Prairie, Crosby-Ironton and now Park Rapids Area.

“This is a fun group to coach as depending on matchups, we can get results up and down the lineup,” Miller said. “Over the past couple of weeks, that has really showed.”

The Yellowjackets earned wins at No. 2 and No. 4 singles behind the play of Brianna Schwantz and Avery Beachy. They swept the doubles portion behind the teams of Elle Birkeland/JoJo Winkels, Jade Lenius/Keira Radniecki and Grace Minten/Emma Bowers.

Schwantz won in straight sets at No. 2 singles when she defeated Tori Hilmanowski, 6-2, 6-2. Beachy was strong at No. 4 singles, earning a straight set win as well. Beachy defeated Meagan Powers, 6-3, 6-2.

MaKayla Melvin was edged out at No. 1 singles, falling to Natalie Kinkel, 0-6, 0-6. Michelle Swyter was defeated at No. 3 singles when she was edged out by Abby Morris, 0-6, 0-6.

Birkeland and Winkels won in straight sets, 6-1, 6-1 over the duo of Olivia Wallace and Chloe Johnson. Lenius and Radniecki grounded out a victory at No. 2 doubles. They used a strong third set, picking up the win over Gracie Eischens and Kendra Coborn. They won the match, 6-4, 2-6 and 6-0.

Minten and Bowers made quick work at No. 3 doubles, winning 6-1, 6-3 over Rachel Herman and Jada Renneberg, helping complete the sweep over the Panthers.

The Yellowjackets return home on Sept. 14 when they play host to the Moorhead Spuds. The match is set to begin at 4:30 p.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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