Yellowjackets pick up victory over rival Detroit Lakes

Perham/New York Mills' Jade Lenius focuses in on the ball and gets ready to hit a backhand winner at No. 1 singles during Perham/NYM's 5-2 victory over Detroit Lakes. Jason Groth/FOCUS

While Perham/New York Mills and Detroit Lakes are not in the same section for girls tennis, the intensity is still there when the two teams square off during the regular season. The Yellowjackets continued to find themselves in the win column when they earned a 5-2 victory over Detroit Lakes on Sept. 19 at the Perham Tennis Courts.

The Yellowjackets won three of the four singles matches and claimed two of the three doubles matches en route to the win.

"Overall, I was very pleased how we came out of the gates after a long stretch of matches," Perham/NYM head coach Jameson Miller said. "We faded a little towards the end, but had enough grit to get enough matches over the finish line against a very, very solid Detroit Lakes team. Detroit Lakes is a very solid team that could make a lot of noise in Section 8AA. That is a very good win for us."

Perham/NYM's Jade Lenius continued her strong play at No. 1 singles with a 6-4, 6-3 victory. She defeated Detroit Lakes' Brina Smith.

The lone singles point for Detroit Lakes came at No. 2 singles when Shelby Busker edged out Kiera Radniecki in three sets. Radniecki took the first set, 7-5, but was defeated 0-6 in the second set. The third set went to a tie-breaker with Radniecki falling to Busker 6-7 (7-9).


Perham/NYM's JoJo Winkels captured a straight set victory at No. 3 singles when she disposed of Josey Allen 6-1, 6-1. Mallory Belka won a marathon match against Siri Vagle at No. 4 singles. The match featured several long volleys, but it was Belka earning the straight set win 6-2, 6-1.

Detroit Lakes' Emily Skjonsberg and MaKenna Duncan earned the lone doubles point for the Lakers when they defeated Mirta Vorderbruggen and Malia Groff. Skjonsberg and Duncan won the first set 6-4, but took the second set 6-1.

The Perham/NYM duo of Avery Beachy and Kendra Moris picked up a straight set 6-4, 6-2 victory over Mary Nelmark and Chloe Will at No. 2 doubles.

The team of LaVonne Lindberg and Maggie Trites went the distance and earned a 6-2, 3-6 and 6-2 victory over Marit Engum and Mya Anderson at No. 3 doubles.

The busy stretch for Perham/NYM continues on Sept. 23 with a contest against Moorhead at the Perham Tennis Courts.

Perham/New York Mills' Mallory Belka charges in and drops a one-handed backhand return at the net at No. 4 singles against Detroit Lakes' during Perham/NYM's 5-2 victory over Detroit Lakes. Jason Groth/FOCUS

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