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Perham tennis gets win over rival, Wadena-Deer Creek

The girls tennis playoffs are right around the corner and the Perham Yellowjackets hope to gain some momentum heading into it. They got off on the right foot with a 5-2 victory over Wadena-Deer Creek at the Perham Tennis Courts on Sept. 29.

Perham's Elle Birkeland drives a forehand return back in doubles action against Wadena-Deer Creek. Jason Groth/FOCUS
Perham's Elle Birkeland drives a forehand return back in doubles action against Wadena-Deer Creek. Jason Groth/FOCUS

The girls tennis playoffs are right around the corner and the Perham Yellowjackets hope to gain some momentum heading into it. They got off on the right foot with a 5-2 victory over Wadena-Deer Creek at the Perham Tennis Courts on Sept. 29.

The Yellowjackets swept the four singles matches and captured one doubles match on their way to the victory.

"It's always been a close match with Wadena ever since I have been here," Perham head coach Jameson Miller said. "They have a lot of seniors and are very experienced at the top. At the bottom, they are kind of like us. They are very talented, but just young with first and second year players. There were good matchups all the way around. I thought the bottom of our lineup did really well today."

Josie Beachy was victorious at No. 1, earning a 6-0, 6-3 victory in straight sets. She defeated Abby Westrum. Miller said Westrum is a solid player and it was very work like for Beachy at No. 1.

Makayla Melvin had to grind out a victory at No. 2 singles. She defeated Lindy Jones in a marathon match. The match featured several extended rallies, but it was Melvin coming out with the win in the end. Melvin won the first set, 7-6 (7-5), before dropping the second set, 3-6. Melvin rebounded in a tiebreaker, winning the match, 10-6.

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"She (Melvin) played a very tough opponent. Lindy has pushed a lot of girls and has a lot of victories. They played each other at the Mid-State Tournament and it's always harder the second time around," Miller said. "She doesn't make many mistakes, is very consistent and has a good backhand. I thought Melvin did a very good job of constructing point. You can't wait for her to make mistakes, because she doesn't make many. You have to find ways to get winners."

Brianna Schwantz rolled at No.3 singles. She won in straight sets. Schwantz did not drop a single game, earning a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Madison Packer.

Michelle Swyter was strong at No.4 singles as well for Perham. Swyter only dropped one game in the second set, earning a 6-0, 6-1 victory. Swyter defeated Corra Endres, helping Perham secure the victory.

Wadena-Deer Creek's Jess Rondesvedt and McKayla Woods earned a win at No. 1 doubles over Caitlin Moulzolf and Mallory Weber. Moulzolf and Weber had a strong first set, yet dropped it, 5-7. They were defeated 0-6, in the second set.

"I thought our No. 1 doubles played well in the first set and then we got down 0-3 right away in the second," Miller said. "That hurt us, we lost the momentum and we couldn't find that in the second set. They have a really good No. 1 doubles team and they will be one of the top teams in the section. If we play the first set like that all year, I'll be happy."

The team of Elle Birkeland and Keira Radniecki dropped a tough match at No. 2 doubles, falling to Sarah Moon and Kate Schmidt in three sets. Radniecki and Birkeland won the first set, 6-3, dropped the second, 4-6, before falling in a tie-breaking third set, 11-13.

The Yellowjacket duo of Jade Lenius and JoJo Winkels won in straight sets over Kaitlynn Lane and Amber Moen. Winkels and Lenius dropped just two games on their way to the win, 6-2, 6-0.

It was a nice bounce back victory for the Yellowjackets. They were coming off a tough 5-2 defeat to Fergus Falls on Sept. 27. It was an important win for the Yellowjackets as they try to improve their section seeding.

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"Right now we are sitting pretty well. We have a big one coming up with Staples-Motley. They are very experienced," Miller said. "This was a good test for us. These are always rivalry games for us and they go down to the wire. I hope the girls had fun today. We have to keep improving all the way to sections and that includes attitude, effort and focus. If we do that, I think we are having a good year and will continue to have a good year."

The Yellowjackets improve their mark to 6-8 overall on the season in dual meets. They return home on Monday, Oct. 3, hosting Staples-Motley.

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