The Perham/New York Mills girls tennis team is off to a strong start for the 2019 season. The Yellowjackets sit at 3-1 overall in dual meets after sweeping a triangular with Pipestone and MACCRAY. It came on the heels of a third place finish at the annual Highway 10 Tournament in Wadena and Staples.

The Yellowjackets opened with a 6-1 victory over Pipestone on Aug. 22. The Yellowjackets won three of the four singles matches and cruised to all three wins in doubles.

Jade Lenius earned a 6-1, 6-2 win at No. 1 singles against Pipestone. JoJo Winkels captured a 6-0, 6-1 win at No. 3 singles, while Mallory Belka won in straight sets 6-0, 6-1 at No. 4 singles. Kiera Radniecki suffered a three set defeat at No. 2 singles for the lone Pipestone win, 7-5, 2-6, 13-15.

Malia Groff and Mirta Vorderbruggen were victorious at No. 1 doubles with a 6-0, 6-0 win. Avery Beachy and Kendra Moris earned a 6-1, 6-1, straight set win at No. 2 doubles. Vonnie Lindberg and Maggie Trites were victorious at No. 3 doubles with a 6-0, 6-1 victory.

Perham/NYM earned a 7-0 victory over MACCRAY to move its mark to 3-1 on the young season. Lenius won 6-1, 6-2 at No. 1 singles, while Winkels won in three sets at No. 2, 2-6, 6-0, 6-4. Beachy rolled at No. 3 singles, 6-1, 6-0, and it was Belka winning in straight sets and not dropping a game, 6-0, 6-0, at No. 4 singles.

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It was a clean sweep fro the doubles teams as they did not drop a single game on their way to 6-0, 6-0 victories. Groff and Vorderbruggen won at No. 1 doubles, while Radniecki and Moris won at No. 2 doubles and it was Lindberg and Jazzmin Branchaud winning at No. 3 doubles.

Yellowjackets third at Highway 10 Tournament

The Perham/NYM girls tennis team finished with 39 points on its way to a fourth place finish at the Highway 10 Tournament. Osakis captured the team title with 41 points, while Staples-Motley and Detroit Lakes finished second with 40 points. Rocori came in with 31 points, followed by Wadena-Deer Creek, Sartell and Little Falls.

The Yellowjackets captured a pair of first place finishes at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles. Groff and Vorderbruggen opened with a straight set win over Rocori 6-2, 6-1, before advancing with a semifinal 6-2, 6-1 win over Detroit Lakes. The Perham/NYM duo closed it out with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Staples-Motley for first place.

Winkels and Moris went the distance at No. 2 doubles to capture first place. The duo opened with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Little Falls, before defeating DL in a three set thriller, 5-7, 6-4, 13-11. They captured the championship with a 7-5, 6-4 win.

Lindberg, Branchaud and Trites captured the consolation title at No. 3 doubles. They earned wins over Detroit Lakes and Little Falls on their way to the consolation win. They were defeated by Osakis in the opening round.

In singles action, Lenius earned second place honors at No. 1 singles, while Radniecki was defeated in the consolation finals at No. 2 singles. Beachy finished fourth overall at No. 3 singles and Belka was the consolation champion at No. 4 singles. Belka defeated Kaylene Andrusic and Addie Burns on her way to the consolation title.