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Yellowjackets win last regular season meet

Perham defeats Moorhead 5-2 ahead of section tournament play

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Perham's No. 1 singles player Josh Peterson returns the ball in his match against Moorhead's Ives Hilgers Thursday, May 20, 2021. Peterson won 6-0, 6-0 in the last home meet of the season for the Yellowjackets. (Meghan Perry / Focus)

The Perham tennis team beat Moorhead 5-2 in the last regular season match of the season Thursday, May 20, in Perham.

All four singles players - Josh Peterson, Michael Schwantz, Jack Birkeland, and Soren Anderson - won their matches, and the 3rd doubles team of Jack Fudge and Neil Sautter came away with a win as well.

Section play begins Monday, May 24, in East Grand Forks, and according to head coach Lori Peterson, the players are playing with confidence and coming into form.

"With our sections on Monday, it's great to see them playing so well leading up to that tournament," Peterson said. "Doubles all had some good battles and it was fun to see our players going for winners rather than playing tentatively."

One of the challenges this season has been to figure out the best pairings for doubles play. With no season or coach last year, the team lacked some depth this season. Peterson, however, is pleased with how the team has come together as the season progressed.

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"Our team really supports each other and it's been such a pleasure to watch them come together to cheer on their teammates that are still on the court," she said.

Section tournament play starts Monday, May 24, in East Grand Forks.

Yellowjackets 5, Spuds 2

1st singles-Josh Peterson (PER) def. Ives Hilgers (MHD) 6-0, 6-0

2nd singles-Michael Schwantz (PER) def. Adam Pettys (MHD) 6-3, 6-3

3rd singles-Jack Birkeland (PER) def. Henry Skatvold (MHD) 6-1, 6-1

4th singles-Soren Anderson (PER) def. Colin Obowa (MHD) 6-0, 6-3

1st doubles-Brody Hansen/Oscar Berguson (MHD) def. Hudson Hackel/Avery Halvorson (PER) 7-5, 6-2

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2nd doubles-Mason Voxland/Ben Voxland (MHD) def. Reece Wilprecht/Michael Anderson (PER) 6-3, 6-2

3rd doubles-Jack Fudge/Neil Sautter (PER) def. Aiden LaVoi/Ben Hazadive (MHD) 6-7, 4-6, (10-6)

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