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Girls tennis: Minnewaska ekes past Osakis 4-3 in top-tier clash

Osakis head coach Ryan Maddock (right) gives sophomore Tia Dykema a fist bump after offering instruction during the Silverstreaks' 4-3 loss to Minnewaska on Thursday. (Micah Friez / Echo Press)1 / 3
Osakis junior Camryn Hoffarth winds up during her doubles matchup against Minnewaska on Thursday. Hoffarth and Mara VanNyhuis won at No. 1 doubles, but the Silverstreaks lost 4-3 in Osakis. (Micah Friez / Echo Press)2 / 3
Osakis junior Alexa Lien returns a ball during the Silverstreaks' 4-3 loss to Minnewaska at Osakis on Thursday. (Micah Friez / Echo Press)3 / 3

It had been smooth sailing for the Osakis girls tennis team this season, as they brought an unblemished 6-0 record into Thursday’s matchup with Minnewaska.

But the Lakers’ Greta Reichmann and Alissa Thorfinnson defeated the Silverstreaks’ Shea Olson and Camryn Hoffarth 6-2, 6-4 at the top doubles spot, which set the tone in Minnewaska’s 4-3 victory in Osakis.

“I thought we played fine, but they played maybe just a little bit better in a couple spots today,” Osakis head coach Ryan Maddock said. “But I think it’s within reason (for us to win) on another day.”

Minnewaska head coach Tara Reichmann said her duo’s victory was one of the most important decisions of the day.

“I was thinking that would be a tough match,” she said. “They pulled through on a very close match that we needed.”

Apart from the Reichmann/Thorfinnson win, Minnewaska also picked up points on the singles side from Danielle Thorfinnson (No. 1), Karra Hanson (No. 3) and Maddie Thorfinnson (No. 4).

At the top singles spot, Danielle Thorfinnson earned a 6-3, 1-6, 6-1 win over Osakis’ Tia Dykema.

“I thought Tia played really well. Danielle is quite the player, and Tia is, too,” said Maddock. “Even though she didn’t win, I thought Tia played well in spots, for sure.”

Hanson picked up a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Alexa Lien, and Maddie Thorfinnson followed by breezing to a 6-0, 6-0 sweep over Lexi Spychalla.

The Silverstreaks picked up a win through Lauren Scherr at No. 2 singles, as Scherr came back from a 4-1 deficit in the first set and won 7-5 over Hannah Orlowski. She doubled down with a victory in the second set through a 6-3 win.

In doubles, the No. 2 Osakis team of Mara VanNyhuis and Kennedy George took down Annika and Addy Randt with a back-and-forth 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 win. Kadyn Triebenbach and Sydney Rach added to the tally with a win at No. 3 doubles, topping Minnewaska’s Madison Kluver and Aliyah Bayer 6-4, 6-2.

“I thought all of our girls played pretty well,” Maddock said. “(Minnewaska) was singles strong today, but I guess that’s arguable. They have a lot of good players.”

The Lakers’ tandem of Haylee Wildman and Olivia Richards also came out with a 7-5, 1-6 (10-6) doubles win over Muriah Adolphsen and Brittany Dietrich in an exhibition matchup.

“It’s a great measuring stick. It’s nice to get a look at the other top team in the section, especially for our new varsity players,” Maddock said. “You always want to win, but we’re pretty happy with how we played today. I don't think there’s anything wrong with how we played. They just played a little bit better.”

The Silverstreaks and Lakers have combined to claim the last seven Section 6A Tournament titles, and so a close match on Thursday was no surprise.

“I think both our teams are very competitive. We’re closely matched,” coach Reichmann said. “We have definite work to do at some of our positions, but it’s kind of a good place to figure out where you have areas that need improvements.”

Osakis dropped to 6-1 after its first loss of the season, while the Lakers’ win bumped up their record to 9-2 on the year.

“We have some flexibility with kids that are pretty decent at doubles and singles. We have a lot of time to figure that out,” said Maddock. “But I thought how we went today, where we asked kids to play, I thought everyone’s effort was good. They just played a little bit better.”

MINNEWASKA 4, OSAKIS 3

SINGLES - No. 1 - Danielle Thorfinnson (M) def. Tia Dykema, 6-3, 1-6, 6-1; No. 2 - Lauren Scherr (O) def. Hannah Orlowski 7-5, 6-3; No. 3 - Karra Hanson (M) def. Alexa Lien 6-2, 6-3; No. 4 - Maddie Thorfinnson (M) def. Lexi Spychalla 6-0, 6-0.

DOUBLES - No. 1 - Greta Reichmann/Alissa Thorfinnson (M) def. Shea Olson/Camryn Hoffarth 6-2, 6-4; No. 2 - Mara VanNyhuis/Kennedy George (O) def. Annika Randt/Addy Randt 6-2, 3-6, 6-2; No. 3 - Kadyn Triebenbach/Sydney Rach (O) def. Madison Kluver/Aliyah Bayer 6-4, 6-2; Exhibition - Haylee Wildman/Olivia Richards (M) def. Muriah Adolphsen/Brittany Dietrich 7-5, 1-6, (10-6).

Micah Friez

Micah Friez is a sports reporter for the Echo Press in Alexandria. A native of East Grand Forks, Minn., he is a 2018 graduate of Bemidji State University with a degree in Creative and Professional Writing. Follow him on Twitter at @micahfriez for Alexandria area sports updates and jokes he thinks are funny.

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