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Perham/NYM tennis splits on opening day

It was an historic season in 2017 for the Perham/New York Mills girls tennis team when they made it to the Section 8A Championships, falling just shy of the Class A State Tournament when they were defeated by Roseau.

It was an historic season in 2017 for the Perham/New York Mills girls tennis team when they made it to the Section 8A Championships, falling just shy of the Class A State Tournament when they were defeated by Roseau.

It was the furthest run by a Perham/New York Mills girls tennis team in the history of its program. The combined program hopes to build on that success in 2018 despite the loss of some key graduating seniors that occupied the No. 1 and No. 2 spots in singles on last year’s team and another that occupied a spot on the No. 1 doubles team.

The Yellowjackets hit the courts for their first game action when they split a pair of dual meets by defeating Sauk Centre, 4-3, before falling to Foley, 7-0.

“Overall, it was good to get out and compete against someone not on our team,” Perham/NYM head coach Jameson Miller said. “First match day is always exciting yet nervous at the same time. Going in we weren’t as focused on as much about groundstrokes, but more so at how we competed.”

Despite the score, Miller said the team really competed well against Foley, who is one of the top teams in Class AA. Miller said they have a well-run program.

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The Yellowjackets took two of the singles matches and two of the doubles matches to secure the 4-3 victory over Sauk Centre in the opening dual of the day.

“Sauk Centre was a tight contest and good for us to see,” Miller said. “They do a great job of taking off pace and being consistent.”

JoJo Winkels and Avery Beachy were victorious at No. 3 and No. 4 singles. Winkels won in straight sets at 6-4, 6-1, while Beachy battled back to win the final two sets, 6-2, 11-9, after dropping the first set 4-6.

Grace Minten and Kiera Radniecki won in straight sets at No. 1 doubles, winning their match 6-1, 6-2. Mirta Vorderbruggen and Malia Groff were victorious at No. 2 doubles when they won 6-4, 6-1.

Foley took control sweeping all four singles matches and the three doubles matches en route to the win. It was a strong test for the Yellowjackets in their opening matches of the season. They quickly return to action when they take on Pequot Lakes and Osakis on Aug. 18 in Pequot Lakes.

 

Perham/NYM 4, Sauk Centre 3

Singles

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1 Emily Prines (SC) def. Michelle Swyter (P/NYM) 6-1, 7-6 (7-2)

2 Abigail Olson (SC) def. Jade Lenius (P/NYM) 3-6, 6-4, 10-8

3 JoJo Winkels (P/NYM) def. Savana Marthaler (SC) 6-4, 6-1

4 Avery Beachy (P/NYM) def. Alexis Tate (SC) 4-6, 6-2, 11-9

Doubles

1 Grace Minten/Kiera Radniecki (P/NYM) def. Hannah Mockros/Erica Middendorf (SC) 6-1, 6-2

2 Mirta Vorderbruggen/Malia Grof (P/NYM) def. Sarah Middendorf/Gabby Tschida (SC) 6-4, 6-1

3 Audrey Zenzen/ Natalie Berndt (SC) def. Sierra Edvall/Dannika George (P/NYM) 6-4, 6-1

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Foley 7, Perham/NYM 0

Singles

1 Peyton Kopel (FOL) def. Swyter (P/NYM) 6-0, 6-0

2 Kylee Frisbie (FOL) def. Lenius (P/NYM) 6-3, 6-3

3 Jayden Kloss (FOL) def. Winkels (P/NYM) 6-3, 6-1

4 Savannah Gapinski (FOL) def. Beachy (P/NYM) 6-3, 6-3

Doubles

1 Maggie Kipka/Kate Corrigan (FOL) def. Minten/Radniecki (P/NYM) 6-1, 7-5

2 Jami Novak/Brooke Beier (FOL) def. Groff/Vorderbruggen (P/NYM) 6-2, 7-5, 11-9

3 Bailey Gapinski/Jordyn Rudolph (FOL) def. Maggie Trites/Kendra Morris (P/NYM) 6-0, 6-0

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