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Wadena-DC tennis falls to Benson, Parkers Prairie, competes in Park Rapids

Wadena-DC's Kaylee Ova follows through on a backhand smash during the Park Rapids Area Invitational. Vance Carlson/Forum News Service

The Wadena-Deer Creek girls tennis team continued its busy start to the season with a pair of dual meets in Benson on Aug. 20 when they opened the dual meet schedule with matches against Parkers Prairie and Benson.

The Wolverines were close in each dual meet, however, suffered a 4-3 defeat to Parkers Prairie and a 5-2 defeat to Benson. Against Parkers Prairie, the Wolverines dropped a pair of third sets, which enabled Parkers Prairie to pick up the narrow victory over the Wolverines.

The Wolverines gained a pair of singles wins and one doubles win but could not find that elusive fourth point for the win. Senior Grace Hinojos was victorious in three sets at No. 1 singles. Hinojos defeated Abigail Burquest after falling in the first set, 4-6, she rebounded with a 6-4 win in the second set and a 10-6 win in the decisive third set.  Madison Packer rolled at No. 2 singles. She won in straight sets over Megan Arens 6-2, 6-2.

The lone doubles win came from Ashley Peterson and Kayla Meeks at No. 3 doubles. They won in convincing fashion over Elizabeth Vogt and Aili Taylor 6-0, 6-1. The Wolverines lost a decisive third set at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles.

The Wolverines completed the day with a 5-2 defeat at the hands of the host team, Benson. The Wolverines picked up a pair of wins in singles action, but were swept in doubles action.

HInojos continued her strong start to her senior season with a straight set victory over Sophia Guriel. She won the first one 6-4 and held on for a close win in the second set, winning 7-5.

Corra Endres entered the win column when she was victorious at No. 3 singles. Endres defeated Anna Sameulson in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2.

Parkers Prairie 4, Wadena-DC 3

Singles1 Grace Hinojos (WDC) def. Abigail Burquest (PP) 4-6, 6-4, 10-6; 2 Madison Packer (WDC) def. Megan Arens (PP) 6-2, 6-2; 3 Analise Marquardt (PP) def. Corra Endres (WDC) 6-1, 7-5; 4 Adrianna Morretto (PP) def. Libby Hartmann (WDC) 6-1, 3-6.Doubles1 Reghan DeBoer/Katlyn Velde (PP) def. Kaylee Ova/Jasmyn Wood (WDC) 4-6, 6-4, 10-8; 2 Maggie Reigstad/Hannah Samuelson (PP) def. Kelly Muckala/Madelyn Gallant (WDC) 1-6, 6-2, 10-8; Ashley Peterson/Kayla Meeks (WDC) def. Elizabeth Vogt/Aili Tayli (PP) 6-0, 6-1.Benson 5, Wadena-DC 2Singles1 Hinojos (WDC) def. Sophia Guriel (BEN) 6-4, 7-5; 2 Gracie Lenz (BEN) def. Packer (WDC) 4-6, 6-3, 10-7; 3 Endres (WDC) def. Anna Samuelson (BEN) 6-3, 6-2; 4 Stacy Johnson (BEN) def. Hartmann (WDC) 6-3, 6-2.
Doubles1 Olivia Hoffman/Hanna Andrews (BEN) def. Ova/Wood (WDC) 6-0, 6-1; 2 Brenna Knutson/Halle Bundy (PP) def. Gallant/Kaitlyn Kallevig (WDC) 6-0, 6-0; 3 Susan Knutson/Taylor Samuelson (PP) def. Peterson/Meeks (WDC) 6-1, 6-1.

The Wadena-Deer Creek girls tennis team started the season with the always tough Park Rapids Invitational on Aug. 18 in Park Rapids Area.

The Wolverines finished eighth in the strong eight-team field. Minnewaska Area cruised to the title with 37 points, while Moorhead finished second with 26 points. East Grand Forks and Park Rapids Area tied for third with 16 points. Roseau rounded out the top-five with 15 points.

Kelly Muckala

The tournament was a stern test for the Wolverines, who are a young and inexperienced team overall. The Wolverines have only one senior in Grace Hinojos, who is returning after a lengthy absence from varsity play due to transfer rules. She jumps into the No. 1 spot for the Wolverines and finished fourth overall.

She opened the day with a victory over Moorhead’s Cassie Jensen when she won in three sets. She won 6-4, 5-7 and 10-5. However, she was defeated in the semifinals when she lost in straight sets to Danielle Thorfinnson. She was edged out Kailyn Richey of Fergus Falls in the third place match in straight sets.

Madison Packer, a ninth grader, who returns to the team with experience after playing the No. 3 singles spot last year, moves up to the No. 2 spot and captured the consolation crown. She was defeated in the first round by Hannah Orlowski. She rebounded to defeat Jada Renneberg in three sets, 6-2, 2-6, 10-4. Packer finished the consolation run with a win over Haylee Bennett in straight sets 6-1, 6-2.

Corra Endres finished fourth overall at No. 3 singles. She opened the tournament with a win over Fergus Falls’ Ava Weber in straight sets 6-4, 6-0. However, she was defeated by Minnewaska’s Karra Hanson in straight sets 6-0, 6-1. Her tournament came to a close when she was defeated by Mickey Clark in the third place match in three sets, 5-7, 7-6 (7-4), 11-9.

Madelyn Gallant finished in eighth place at No. 4 singles. She was defeated by Park Rapids Area’s Meagan Powers, Fergus Falls’ Leila Nasri and Roseau’s Emma Haugen.

The Wadena-DC doubles team of Kelly Ova and Kelly Muckala came in eighth place. They were defeated by a team from Minnewaska Area in the first round, before falling to a team from Fergus Falls and Roseau.

The duo of Ashley Peterson and Kayla Meeks finished in eighth place as well. They were defeated by a team from Park Rapids Area, before falling to team from East Grand Forks. They lost to Fergus Falls in their final match of the day.

Park Rapids InvitationalTeam ScoresMinnewaska Area 37, Moorhead 26, East Grand Forks 16, Park Rapids Area 16, Roseau 15, Fergus Falls 7, Mixed Teams 7, Wadena-Deer Creek 6Individual ResultsSingles1 Danielle Thorfinnson (MW) def. Grace Hinojos (WDC) 6-0, 6-0; Kailyn Richey (KEN) def. Hinojos (WDC) 7-6 (7-5), 7-5; Hinojos (WDC) def. Cassie Jensen (MH) 6-4, 5-7, 10-5; 2 Hannah Orlowski (MW) def Madison Packer (WDC) 6-1, 6-0; Packer (WDC) def. Jada Renneberg (PRK) 6-2, 2-6, 10-4; Packer (WDC) def. Haylee Bennett (ROS) 6-1, 6-3; 3 Karra Hanson (MW) def. Corra Endres (WDC)  6-0, 6-1; Mickey Clark (PRK) def. Endres (WDC) 5-7, 7-6 (7-5), 11-9; Endres (WDC) def. Ava Weber (KEN) 6-4, 6-0; 4 Meagan Powers (PRK) def. Madelyn Gallant (WDC) 6-0, 6-0; Leila Nasri (KEN) def. Gallant (WDC) 6-2, 6-1; Emma Haugen (ROS) def. Gallant (WDC) 6-2, 5-7, 11-9.Doubles1 Mia Marsh/Elissa Lee (KEN) def. Kaylee Ova/Kelly Muckala (WDC) 6-4, 6-0; Jayda McFarlane/Lindsay McFarlane (ROS) def. Ova/Muckala (WDC) 6-0, 6-0; Greta Reichmann/Alissa Thorfinnson (MW) def. Ova/Muckala (WDC) 6-0, 6-0; 2 Gracie Eischens/Rachael Herman (PRK) def. Ashley Peterson/Kayla Meeks (WDC) 6-1, 6-0; Carlie Mies/Olivia Kaliher (KEN) def. Peterson/Meeks (WDC) 6-1, 6-4; Lexy Awalt/Kendal Rand (EGF) def. Peterson/Meeks (WDC) 6-2, 6-1
Jason Groth

 Groth is a Minnesota Newspaper Association award-winning Sports Editor of the Perham Focus and the Wadena Pioneer Journal. Groth worked in Grand Rapids as the Sports Director at KOZY/KMFY radio for two years and prior to that he was the Sports Editor/Writer for the Grand Rapids Herald-Review for seven years. 

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