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Girls Tennis: Warriors defend home court with 6-1 win

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Jaycie Hinrichs returns the ball during her No. 2 doubles match against Bemidji at Brainerd High School Thursday, Sept. 6. Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch - Gallery and Video2 / 2

It didn't take long for Taya Person and Heidi Jacobson to figure out how to win their No. 1 doubles match Thursday, Sept. 6.

The senior pair dispatched the Bemidji Lumberjacks duo of Lexi Leitner-Hannah Nelson 6-4, 6-1 to lead the Brainerd Warriors to a 6-1 dual meet victory at Brainerd High School.

Bemidji jumped out to a 3-1 edge before Person-Jacobson refocused and executed their strategy.

"We cleaned up a lot of our unforced errors, I think, and just focused more on our net game, which is where we win," Person said.

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Warriors 6, Bemidji 1

  • Key: Warriors won six matches in straight sets
  • Overall: Brd 11-0, Bem 3-5
  • Next: Brainerd at Fergus Falls 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7

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Person noticed advantages early, but Jacobson admitted to giving her opponent too much respect. Once the two got on the same page it was a dominating display of tennis.

"We just stayed consistent up at the net and on the baseline," Jacobson said.

The victory pushed the pair's record to 10-1 and helped Brainerd improve to 11-0 as a team. The victory was also crucial as it was against a Section 8-2A opponent.

"We were excited to host our first dual of the season," Warriors head coach Lisa Salo said. "We've hosted quads and other events, but this was our first dual meet at home. Plus, it was a section opponent which always raises the level of anticipation for the match."

The goal for Person-Jacobson is to advance to the section tournament and Thursday's victory may give them the confidence to do that.

Person said their strength is net play, while Jacobson said it's keeping a positive attitude.

"They're starting to read each other's movements and patterns and they're getting in sync," Salo said. "They're becoming synchronized in their movements and shot selection and setting each other up.

"We want our players to set up plays and Heidi and Taya are doing that. It's been fun to see them progress. They're playing some very good doubles and they will be a force in the section."

Brainerd swept the doubles with Jaycie Hinrichs-Lily Jones scoring a 6-3, 6-2 win at No. 2 and Addie Sanford and Alyson Goeden winning 6-2, 6-2 at No. 3.

Kate Kurtzman had little trouble at No. 2 singles with her 6-1, 6-1 victory. That was the same score Katherine Chausse posted at No. 3 singles and Chloe Pecarich won 6-3, 7-6 at No. 4.

Bemidji's lone victory came at No. 1 singles where Savannah Haugen outlasted Britney Fletcher 1-6, 6-4, 7-5

"We know about Savannah," Salo said. "She's a steady, very good player and Britney just didn't stay as level with her play and she knew it. It was a good battle. You grow when you lose and there was a lot to gain from that match. She will improve from that and it was a good No. 1 singles match that lasted almost two and a half hours."

Junior varsity winners for Brainerd were Savannah Smith in singles and the doubles teams of Lily Plested-Macey Peterson, Emily Moore-Taylor Ruhl, Kylie Johnson-Brynne Folden, Natalie Feierabend-Teryn Weinhandl.

Brainerd 6, Bemidji 1

Singles

No. 1: Savannah Haugen (Bem) def. Britney Fletcher 1-6, 6-4 (7-5)

No. 2: Kate Kurtzman (Brd) def. Taylor Offerdahl 6-1, 6-1

No. 3: Kate Chausse (Brd) def. Aftyn Schmidt 6-1, 6-1

No. 4: Chloe Pecarich (Brd) def. Tatum Offerdahl 6-3, 7-6 (5)

Doubles

No. 1: Taya Person-Heidi Jacobson (Brd) def. Lexi Leitner-Hannah Nelson 6-4, 6-1

No. 2: Jaycie Hinrichs-Lily Jones (Brd) def. Bethany Chatterton-Nettie Kimble 6-3, 6-2

No. 3: Addie Sanford-Ally Goeden (Brd) def. Paige Anderson-Chloe Hasbargen 6-2, 6-2

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Jeremy Millsop
My career at the Brainerd Dispatch began May 11, 1999 after graduating from North Dakota State University. My areas of emphasis includes local high school sports, Central Lakes College, the lakes area golf mecca and once a year I dabble in the NHRA when the Lucas Oil Nationals come to Brainerd International Raceway.
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