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Girls tennis: Osakis opens title defense with 7-0 win

Osakis junior Alexa Lien follows through at No. 3 singles during Tuesday's 7-0 win over MACA-WCA in the Section 6A Tournament in Osakis. The sweep is the first step in the Silverstreaks' attempt to defend their section title from a year ago. (Micah Friez / Echo Press)1 / 3
Osakis sophomore Tia Dykema lobs up a ball for a serve during Tuesday's 7-0 win over MACA-WCA in the Section 6A Tournament in Osakis.(Micah Friez / Echo Press)2 / 3
Osakis freshman Mara VanNyhuis elevates for a powerful hit at No. 2 doubles during Tuesday's 7-0 win over MACA-WCA in the Section 6A Tournament in Osakis.(Micah Friez / Echo Press)3 / 3

The Osakis girls tennis team took the first step in its Section 6A title defense with a 7-0 win over MACA-WCA in Osakis on Thursday.

The defending section champs picked up right where they left off, cruising to victory and advancing to the 6A semifinals.

“There’s a little bit of a different feel there, but the benefit of having a strong regular season is that we had a pretty favorable matchup today,” Silverstreaks head coach Ryan Maddock said. “We tried to talk to (the girls) about taking care of business at hand. If you didn’t take care of business today, you don’t even go to (the semifinals) for the rest of it.”

Osakis did just that, winning in straight sets in six of the seven matchups. Alexa Lien solidified the victory at No. 3 singles, beating out Katelyn Wehking 6-4, 6-1 for the Silverstreaks’ fourth point of the day.

“I feel like we were all really excited to get the postseason started. We knew we needed to win and go out, do what we normally do,” Lien said. “We made sure we played to our abilities and (didn’t) overlook them.”

Elsewhere on the singles side, Tia Dykema made quick work of Lea Asmus for a 6-0, 6-0 sweep at No. 1. Lauren Scherr followed with a 6-1, 6-0 rout over Ryanne Long, and Kennedy George rounded out the results with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Katie Messner at No. 4.

The doubles side was much of the same. The No. 1 duo of Shea Olson and Camryn Hoffarth defeated Abbigail Athey and Greta Hentges 6-1, 6-2. The Mara VanNyhuis-Larissa Hoffarth tandem cruised at No. 2 doubles with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Hannah Wutzke and Lakia Manska, and Sydney Rach and Kadyn Triebenbach pulled through for a 6-2, 6-7 (5), 10-8 nailbiter over Ireland Winter and Kassidy Girard at No. 3.

“We just wanted to play good, solid tennis today,” Maddock said. “Get used to playing good, consistent matches so we’re not up and down. Have a certain level of play that we can expect to perform to. The girls have done a good job of that.”

Osakis has had plenty of work to prepare for another section run.

“We had a really good end to the last couple weeks of the (regular) season, so we feel like we’re playing our best tennis now,” Maddock said. “We think it’s a realistic goal to… get the next one. Then it’s a realistic opportunity to win the section.”

Osakis and Minnewaska have combined to dominated Section 6A over the better part of the last decade, but not without clashing with one another in the process.

“We won the section last year in a tight match (over Minnewaska). We lost a tight match to Minnewaska earlier in (this) year,” Maddock said. “It’s been a goal to get back to the section championship and hopefully win it again.”

The section semifinals and finals will take place at Courts Plus in Fargo, N.D., on Tuesday, Oct. 9. The semifinals begin at 10:30 a.m. against Benson/KMS for the Silverstreaks and, if all goes well, Osakis will reserve its spot in the 1 p.m. finals for another crack at a section crown.

“We’ve been playing a lot of good team lately. We’ve pulled out some good wins,” said Lien. “We feel like we’re prepared.”


SINGLES: No. 1 — Tia Dykema (O) def. Lea Asmus 6-0, 6-0; No. 2 — Lauren Scherr (O) def. Ryanne Long 6-1, 6-0; No. 3 — Alexa Lien (O) def. Katelyn Wehking 6-4, 6-1; No. 4 — Kennedy George (O) def. Katie Messner 6-2, 6-2.

DOUBLES: No. 1 — Shea Olson-Camryn Hoffarth (O) def. Abbigail Athey-Greta Hentges 6-1, 6-1; No. 2 — Mara VanNyhuis-Larissa Hoffarth (O) def. Hannah Wutzke-Lakia Manska 6-1, 6-2; No. 3 — Sydney Rach-Kadyn Triebenbach (O) def. Ireland Winter-Kassidy Girard 6-2, 6-7 (5), 10-8.

Micah Friez

Micah Friez covers Bemidji State basketball and BSU for the Bemidji Pioneer. A native of East Grand Forks, Minn., he is a 2018 graduate of Bemidji State with a degree in Creative and Professional Writing. Follow him on Twitter at @micahfriez for Beaver basketball updates.

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