Top-seeded Cardinals eliminate Yellowjackets in 8A tennis quarterfinals

STAPLES -- The top-ranked Staples-Motley girls tennis team gave up only 10 games in seven matches in sweeping Perham in the quarterfinal round of Section 8A tennis playoffs.


STAPLES - The top-ranked Staples-Motley girls tennis team gave up only 10 games in seven matches in sweeping Perham in the quarterfinal round of Section 8A tennis playoffs .

The loss ends the team portion of the season for the Yellowjackets.

Perham advanced to the match-up with a 5-2 victory over New York Mills Monday in the pigtail game.

Josie Beachy defeated Abby Salo in straight sets three and two. Julia Pearson won her three-singles match two and love over Jewelle Boe.

The Eagles forfeited the four-singles match.


Perham took two of three doubles matches to clinch the victory.

The No. 1 duo of Katie Howey and Betsy Pearson needed three sets to dispatch of Mallory Weber and Jordin Roberts 1-6, 6-2, 6-3.

Kori Salo and Maddy Keskitalo defeated Perham’s Danielle Graham and Alyssa Morris in a tight match of tiebreakers 7-6, 7-6.

Aubrey Hill and Savanna Olson defeated the Eagles No. 3 doubles team of Mikaila Honer and Robyn Harper three and four.

New York Mills’ other point came at No. 1 singles where Victoria Selander defeated Maggie Rennicke in three sets 6-2, 6-7, 6-2.

In the three other quarterfinal matches, Crookston defeated Roseau 5-2; Pequot Lakes blanked East Grand Forks 7-0 and Park Rapids Area defeated Wadena-Deer Creek 7-0.

No. 1 Staples-Motley will face No. 4 Crookston and No. 2 Park Rapids Area will play No. 3 Pequot Lakes. 

The semifinals will be played in Grand Forks.


Staples-Motley 7, Perham 0


No. 1: Mikayla Wing (SM) def. Maggie Rennicke 6-1, 6-0

No. 2: Sarah Koopmann (SM) def. Josie Beachy 6-2, 6-1

No. 3: Alex Fischer (SM) def. Julia Pearson 6-0, 6-0

No. 4: Lexi Johnson (SM) def. Makayla Melvin 6-2, 6-0


No. 1: Kelsey Zetah-Nikki Edin (SM) def. Katie Howey-Betsy Pearson 6-0, 6-2


No. 2: Grace Wolhowe-Emily Israelson (SM) def. Danielle Graham-Alyssa Morris 6-1, 6-0

No. 3: Kaleigh Hosier-Christina Smith (SM) def. Aubey Hill-Savanna Olson 6-1, 6-1

Perham: 5,  New York Mills: 2

1. Singles: Victoria Selander (NYM) over Maggie Rennicke (Per) 6-2, 6-7, 6-2

2. Singles: Josie Beachy (Per) over Abby Salo (NYM) 6-3, 6-2

3. Singles: Julia Pearson (Per) over Jewelle Boe (NYM) 6-2, 6-0

4. Singles: Makayla Melvin (Per) over NYM (Forfeit)

1. Doubles: Katie Howey/Betsy Pearson (Per) over Mallory Weber/Jordin Roberts (NYM) 1-6, 6-2, 6-3

2. Doubles: Kori Salo/Maddy Keskitalo (NYM) over Danielle Graham/Alyssa Moris (Per) 7-6, 7-6

3. Doubles: Aubrey Hill/Savanna Olson (Per) over Mikaila Honer/Robyn Harper (NYM) 6-3, 6-4


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Robert Williams has been a sports editor for Forum Communications in Perham and Detroit Lakes since 2011.
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