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Perham/NYM picks up key win over Staples-Motley

Perham/New York Mills' Kendra Moris steps into a forehand return along the sideline during a doubles match against Staples-Motley. Jason Groth/FOCUS1 / 4
Perham/New York Mills' Grace Minten lunges across and hits the backhand winner against Staples-Motley. Jason Groth/FOCUS2 / 4
Perham/New York Mills' Kiera Radniecki tracks down the ball and hits a forehand return at No. 1 doubles for Perham/NYM. Jason Groth/FOCUS3 / 4
Perham/NYM's Jade Lenius focuses in and rips a backhand shot at No. 2 singles. Jason Groth/FOCUS4 / 4

The Perham/New York Mills girls tennis team knew they needed to find a point in singles competition when they squared off with Staples-Motley on Oct. 1 in Perham. Instead of finding just one, they got two as they earned a 5-2 victory for their sixth straight win and one that could potentially vault them up in the Section 8A seedings when they are announced at the end of the week.

"Overall (it was) a good team win," Perham/NYM head coach Jameson Miller said. "We knew going in that they had a really strong singles line up and a doubles line up that has improved very much from the beginning of the year."

The Yellowjackets were up to the task, sweeping all three doubles matches in straight sets, while taking two big wins in singles action.

"They are a very good team, so we feel very pleased that we were able to get the win," Miller added of the victory over the Cardinals.

Jade Lenius and Avery Beachy picked up the much needed singles wins for the Yellowjackets. Lenius went the distance at No. 2 singles when she defeated Jenna Dvorak, 6-3, 3-6 and 7-5. Beachy earned a straight set victory over Tasha Ackermann, when she won 6-3, 6-4.

The doubles teams were on point as they cruised for the most part. Grace Minten and Kiera Radniecki won in straight sets, 6-1, 6-2 over Abbi Digiovanni and Haley Cichos. Malia Groff and Mirta Vorderbruggen wasted little time in a 6-0, 6-1 victory at No. 2 doubles. Kendra Moris and LaVonne Lindberg held off a second set surge to win in straight sets 6-1, 6-4.

It was the sixth straight win for the Yellowjackets and sets up a key rematch with East Grand Forks on Oct. 4 in East Grand Forks. Perham/NYM will take on Roseau and East Grand Forks in their final meet of the season.

Perham/NYM 5, Staples-Motley 2

Singles

1 Lauren Rutten, S-M, def. Michelle Swyter, P/NYM, 5-7, 1-6; 2 Jade Lenius, P/NYM, def. Jenna Dvorak, S-M, 6-3, 3-6, 7-5; 3 Rose Han, S-M, def. JoJo Winkels, P/NYM, 0-6, 3-6; 4 Avery Beachy, P/NYM, def. Tasha Ackermann, S-M, 6-3, 6-4.

Doubles

1 Grace Minten/Keira Radniecki, P/NYM, def. Abby Digiovanni/Haley Cichos, S-M, 6-1, 6-2; 2 Malia Groff/Mirta Vorderbruggen, P/NYM, def. Keara Kern/Tiffany Achermann, S-M, 6-0, 6-1; 3 Kendra Moris/LaVonne Lindberg, P/NYM, def. Ellie Digiovanni/Allison Knusalla, S-M, 6-1, 6-4.

Perham/NYM 6, Wadena-DC 1

The Perham/New York Mills girls tennis team continued its strong play as they disposed of section rival, Wadena-Deer Creek, 6-1 on Sept. 27 at the Perham Tennis Courts. It marked the fifth straight win for the Yellowjackets, who have steadily improved their play since the early portion of the season as they have had to adjust to new roles from last year.

The Yellowjackets claimed three of the four singles matches and swept the doubles portion of the event on their way to the section win.

Michelle Swyter won at No. 1 singles by injury default over Grace Hinojos. Swyter was up 2-1 in the first set when Hinojos went down due to injury.

JoJo Winkels earned a straight set win at No. 3 singles. She did not drop a game, earning a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Madelyn Gallant.

Avery Beachy closed out the strong run at No. 4 singles. She defeated Libby Hartman in straight sets, 6-0, 6-0.

The lone Wadena-DC win in singles action came at No. 2 when Madison Packer defeated Jade Lenius 6-3, 6-4, in a close match.

The Yellowjackets dropped just four games in doubles action as they cruised to the sweep. Grace Minten and Kiera Radniecki defeated Kaylee Ova and Corra Endres in straight sets 6-2, 6-1. Kendra Moris and LaVonne Lindberg cruised to a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Ashley Peterson and Kayla Meeks at No. 2 doubles. The Yellowjackets closed out the sweep with a 6-0, 6-0 victory from Malia Groff and Sierra Edvall. They defeated Genevieve Pinella and Katie Fiemeyer at No. 3 doubles.

Perham/NYM 6, Wadena-Deer Creek 1

Singles

No. 1 — Michelle Swyter, P/NYM, def . Grace Hinojos, WDC, 2-1, 2-0 (injury default); No. 2 — Madison Packer, WDC, def . Jade Lenius, P/NYM, 6-3, 6-4; No. 3 — Johanna Winkels, P/NYM, def . Madelyn Gallant, WDC, 6-0, 6-0; No. 4 — Avery Beachy, P/NYM, def . Libby Hartman, WDC, 6-0, 6-0.

Doubles

No. 1 — Grace Minten-Kiera Radniecki, P/NYM, def. Kaylee Ova-Corra Endres,WDC 6-2, 6-1; No. 2 — Kendra Moris-LaVonne Lindberg, P/NYM, def. Ashley Peterson-Kayla Meeks,WDC 6-0, 6-1; No. 3 — Malia Groff-Sierra Edvall, P/NYM, def. Genevieve Pinnella-Katie Fiemeyer,WDC 6-0, 6-0.

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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