The Wadena-Deer Creek girls tennis team continues to grow in numbers and in experience. The Wolverines improved their performance from week one to week two with a sixth place finish in the Highway 10 Tournament in Wadena and Staples on Aug. 21.
Osakis won the event with 41 points, while Detroit Lakes and Staples-Motley tied for second with 40 points. Perham was third with 39 points, while Rocori was fifth with 31 points. Wadena-Deer Creek came in sixth with 21 points, followed by Sartell and Little Falls. It's the best finish for Wadena-DC in the tournament during Jordan Cresap's tenure as head coach of the Wolverines.
Kaylee Ova and Katie Fiemeyer earned a second place finish at No. 3 doubles. Ova and Fiemeyer opened with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Detroit Lakes' Taylor Tucker and McKenna Burhans. They followed it up with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Osakis, before falling to Rocori's Ava Peters and Alivia Orth in the finals 6-5, 6-2.
Wadena-DC's Madison Packer finished third overall at No. 1 singles. She opened with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Staples-Motley's Lauren Rutten. Osakis' Tia Dykema defeated Packer in straight sets 6-3, 6-2. Packer recovered to defeat Brina Smith 6-4, 6-4 in the third place match.
Kelly Muckala earned a fourth place finish at No. 4 singles. She opened with a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Little Falls' Claire Kimman 6-2, 6-0. Muckala suffered a 6-1, 6-1 defeat in the semifinals and a 6-1, 6-0 defeat in the third place match.
At No. 2 singles, Corra Endres captured the consolation title. She suffered a first round defeat to Rocori's Andrea Eisenschenk 6-2, 6-4 in the opening round. Endres rebounded with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Little Falls' Makayla Geise. The consolation final was a tough three set victory over Perham/NYM's Kiera Radniecki. Endres won the match 4-6, 6-3, 8-6 for the consolation title.
Libby Hartman finished with an 0-3 mark at No. 3 singles, facing some tough competition in Jenna Dvorak, Beth Ahlin and Libby Crandall.
The Wadena-DC No. 1 doubles team of Ashley Peterson and Genevieve Pinnella came in seventh place with a 3-6, 6-4, 7-4 victory over Nicole Statema and Sivia Erwin.
The team of Kayla Meeks and Madelyn Gallant finished the tournament with an 0-3 mark at No. 2 doubles.