The Perham/New York Mills tennis team closed out the regular season by splitting a pair of 4-3 decisions with Roseau and East Grand Forks in East Grand Forks on Oct. 5. The Yellowjackets defeated Roseau to extend their streak to seven straight, before falling to East Grand Forks in the final match of the regular season.
The matches had big implications for the Section 8A playoffs, which begin in Fargo on Oct. 11 and 12. The official seeds will be released on Oct. 5 and Perham/NYM was vying for a No. 1 seed. However, with the loss to East Grand Forks, they will likely be penciled in at the No. 2 spot.
Against Roseau, the defending section champions, the Yellowjackets picked up two singles wins and two doubles wins to get the narrow victory. Jade Lenius defeated Jayda McFarlane at No. 2 singles, 6-1, 6-1, while JoJo Winkels earned a 7-6 (3), 6-3 decision over Olivia Urness at No. 3 singles. Grace Minten/Kiera Radniecki earned a 7-6 (5) and 6-3 decision over Kiana Flag and Grace Walsh at No. 1 doubles, while the team of Kendra Moris and LaVonne Lindberg defeated Haylee Bennett and Madi Verbout at No. 3 doubles, 6-4, 6-3.
East Grand Forks used three wins in doubles action and a victory in the singles to hold of the Yellowjackets 4-3. The first time the two teams met during the regular season, East Grand Forks disposed of the Yellowjackets 6-1.
Lenius earned a 6-3, 7-6 (5) victory over Katelyn Farder at No. 2 singles, while Winkels was victorious 6-0, 6-2 at No. 3 singles. Beachy earned a 6-2, 7-5 win at No. 4 singles.
East Grand Forks changed their lineup from the prior meeting, moving Jenna Dietrich and Maggie Dietrich from singles to doubles at the No. 1 spot.
The Section 8A Tournament is set to begin on Oct. 11 at Courts Plus in Fargo. The Yellowjackets made it to the section championship last year and hope to repeat that feat again in 2018. The team championship concludes on Oct. 12 with the individual singles and doubles tournament concluding on Oct. 13.
Perham/NYM 4, Roseau 3
1 Jodi Ostroski (ROS) def. Michelle Swyter (P/NYM) 6-2, 6-1; 2 Jade Lenius (P/NYM) def. Jayda McFarlane (ROS) 6-1, 6-1; 3 JoJo Winkels (P/NYM) def. Olivia Urness (ROS) 7-6 (3), 6-3; 4 Charlene Graha (ROS) def. Avery Beachy (P/NYM) 6-4, 7-5.
1 Grace Minten/Kiera Radniecki (P/NYM) def. Kiana Flag/Grace Walsh (ROS) 7-6 (5), 6-3; 2 Kiersten Flaig/Lindsay McFarlane (ROS) def. Malia Groff/Mirta Vorderbruggen (P/NYM) 6-3, 6-3; Kendra Moris/LaVonne Lindberg (P/NYM) def. Haylee Bennett/Madi Verbout (ROS) 6-4, 6-3.
East Grand Forks 4, Perham/NYM 3
1 Brynna Harris (EGF) def. Swyter (P/NYM) 6-4, 6-7 (3); 2 Lenius (P/NYM) def. Katelyn Farder (EGF) 6-3, 7-6 (5); 3 Winkels (P/NYM) def. Aleah Hangsleben (EGF) 6-0, 6-2: 4 Beachy (P/NYM) def. Kennedy Burris (EGF) 6-2, 7-5.
1 Jenna Dietrich/Maggie Dietrich (EGF) def. Minten/Radniecki (P/NYM) 6-0. 7-5; 2 McKenna Aitchson/Kate Johnson (EGF) def. Groff/Vorderbruggen (P/NYM) 6-4, 6-1; Delaney Aaker/Kendal Rand (EGF) def. Moris/Lindberg (P/NYM) 6-0, 6-2.