The Alexandria girls tennis team found itself on the wrong end of a couple matches on Monday evening against Detroit Lakes and Osakis.
The match against Detroit Lakes started back on Sept. 9 before weather suspended things until Monday. Alexandria trailed the Lakers 3-2 with two matches to finish.
It came down to fourth singles between DL’s Mary Nelmark and the Cardinals’ Jaya Hatlestad. Nelmark took the first set 6-0, and Hatlestad pushed her in the second before falling 7-6 (2).
“It was a valiant effort from Jaya to hang tough and come back as far as she did,” Alexandria head coach Dave Ronning said. “Our wins came from Brianna (Holm) at first singles, and we got wins from our second doubles team of Whitly (Netland) and Taylor (Sayre), and our third doubles team of Autumn (Botz) and Anna (Doherty). It was an important match with the Lakers being a north sub-section foe.”
Osakis also showed off the strength of its program by beating Alexandria 5-2.
“Osakis is a very young and talented team that will be tough for years to come,” Ronning said. “They are solid up and down their lineup, and we had to really work to come up with two points.”
The Cardinals’ wins came from Joria Downing and Sayre at first doubles and from Netland and Botz at second doubles. Both went to three sets.
“This was a good match for our girls to play,” Ronning said. “Playing tough competition will only make us better and will help us come tourney time later this week.”
Osakis swept the singles lineup in straight sets. Tia Dykema beat Holm 6-0, 6-4, while Mara VanNyhuis, Alexa Lien and Ellie George combined to drop just six games in the second through fourth singles spots. Lexi Spychalla and Helena Zajac won 6-2, 4-6, 10-2 at third doubles.
It was part of a 2-0 day for the Silverstreaks against two bigger programs. Osakis beat Detroit Lakes 5-1. Second doubles did not play due to time constraints and the team win already being decided.
“It was a fun day getting to play at the tennis complex at Alexandria Area High School,” Osakis head coach Ryan Maddock said. “Our girls played well today against two quality opponents. We appreciate the opportunity to play at such a nice facility and appreciate how well Alexandria's coaches and players treat us. They are a class act.”
The singles lineup guided the Silverstreaks against the Lakers as Dykema, VanNyhuis, A. Lien and Larissa Hoffarth swept their matches in straight sets.
Brittany Dietrich and Ellie George won at third doubles, 6-2, 6-1. The duo of Camryn Hoffarth and Kennedy George had to retire their match at first doubles when Hoffarth became sick during the competition.
OSAKIS 5, ALEXANDRIA 2
SINGLES - No. 1 - Tia Dykema (O) def. Brianna Holm, 6-0, 6-4; No. 2 - Mara VanNyhuis (O) def. Kaylee Svee, 6-2, 6-1; No. 3 - Alexa Lien (O) def. Sarah Jiang, 6-1, 6-1; No. 4 - Ellie George (O) def. Ellie Murphy, 6-1, 6-0
DOUBLES - No. 1 - Joria Downing/Taylor Sayre (A) def. Kennedy George/Larissa Hoffarth, 3-6, 6-4, 10-8; No. 2 - Whitly Netland/Autumn Botz (A) def. Sydney Rach/Kadyn Triebenbach, 7-5, 6-2; No. 3 - Lexi Spychalla/Helena Zajac (O) def. Maci Tilleskjor/Anna Doherty, 6-2, 4-6, 10-2
OSAKIS 5, DETROIT LAKES 1
SINGLES - No. 1 - Dykema (O) def. Shelby Busker, 6-0, 6-1; No. 2 - VanNyhuis (O) def. Josey Allen, 6-3, 6-3; No. 3 - A. Lien (O) def. Mary Nelmark, 6-0, 6-0; No. 4 - Larissa Hoffarth (O) def. Siri Vagle, 6-2, 6-4
DOUBLES - No. 1 - Emily Skjonsberg/Makenna Duncan (DL) def. Camryn Hoffarth/Kennedy George, 6-7 (4), retired; No. 3 - Brittany Dietrich/Ellie George (O) def. McKenna Burhans/Chloe Will, 6-2, 6-1
DETROIT LAKES 4, ALEXANDRIA 3
SINGLES - No. 1 - Holm (A) def. Brina Smith, 6-3, 6-3; No. 2 - Shelby Busker (DL) def. Jiang, 6-4, 6-3; No. 3 - Josey Allen (DL) def. Maci Tilleskjor, 6-0, 6-2; No. 4 - Mary Nelmark (DL) def. Jaya Hatlestad, 6-0, 7-6 (2)
DOUBLES - No. 1 - Emily Skjonsberg/Makenna Duncan (DL) def. Downing/Svee, 6-3, 6-4; No. 2 - Netland/Sayre (A) def. Siri Vagle/Chloe Will, 6-4, 6-1; No. 3 - Botz/Doherty (A) def. Marit Engum/Mya Anderson, 6-3, 5-7, 14-12