BOYS TENNIS: Bemidji rolls through Apollo, Grand Rapids in triangular
“(Apollo / SRR) lost some players and they have a smaller program this year. That’s why we won 7-0 when we lost in the fourth singles and the third doubles,” said BHS head coach Kyle Fodness.
Isaiah Cerven took two perfect 6-0 and 6-0 wins to end the meeting without losing a single game. The senior varsity player played in the first game in the No. 2 Singles before ending in the No. 3 Singles against Grand Rapids.
“He was all over the field and had a big forehead and got hooked,” said Fodness. “He played really well and it was fun to see him well again. … He all smiled. That was a nice win for him. “
Second year Bemidji Casey Rupp returns a serve in a doubles against St. Cloud Apollo on Monday, May 17, 2021 on the BHS tennis courts. (Jillian Gandsey / Bemidji Pioneer)
Noah Johnson played in the No. 1 Singles to start the day before ending with a No. 2 Singles win against the Thunderhawks. He only dropped one game for the triangle.
“He hit the ball really well,” said Fodness. “He and I talked after the game and he gave his forehand and backhand a bit of speed and topspin. … He won a lot of the games he had this year by playing angles and playing the courses well, which works well for him. “
Filippo Buffo scored a 6-0, 6-0 in his only game of the day against GR. Jacob Fuhrman won his first match in straight sets 6-0, 6-0 before falling from a loss in the first set in a nightcap 6: 7, 7: 5, 10: 6 recovered.
Michael Dickinson and Logan Jensen took straight wins to open doubles for the Lumberjacks.
“They are both very powerful and have had some close games this year,” said Fodness. “At this level it initially takes a little longer (in doubles). Everything goes so quickly, especially in a double seat. You really have to be in a good groove and it takes time to get that. I think they put that together really well at this point in the year. “
John McNallan and Casey Rupp also both won No. 2 doubles, while Max Harris and Jack McNallan took a win in the only No. 3 doubles competition of the day.
Bemidji will conclude the regular season with a Senior Day Match against St. Cloud Tech on Thursday, May 20th at 4:30 pm in the BHS courts. Buffo, Cerven, Dickinson and Jensen will be honored as part of the Seniors Day celebrations.
Bemidji 7, St. Cloud Apollo / Sauk Rapids rice 0
No. 1: Johnson (BHS) def. Rod 6-0, 6-1
No. 2: Cerven (BHS) def. Sowada 6-0, 6-0
No. 3: Fuhrman (BHS) def. Swenson 6-0, 6-0
# 4: BHS won through loss
No. 1: Dickinson / Jensen (BHS) def. Atteberry / Leeb 6-1, 6-2
No. 2: Jo. McNallan / Rupp (BHS) def. Stang / Omar 6-0, 6-0
# 3: BHS won through loss
Bemidji 7, Grand Rapids 0
No. 1: Buffo (BHS) def. Young 6-0, 6-0
No. 2: Johnson (BHS) def. Mortenson 6-0, 6-2
No. 3: Cerven (BHS) def. Frimanslund 6-0, 6-0
No. 4: Fuhrman (BHS) def. Kerr 6-7, 7-5, 10-6
No. 1: Dickinson / Jensen (BHS) def. H. Bischoff / B. Henrichsen 6-2, 6-1
No. 2: Jo. McNallan / Rupp (BHS) def. Dulong / Simonson 6-0, 6-3
No. 3: Harris / Yes. McNallan (BHS) def. Mallean / D. Henrichsen 6-3, 4-6, 10-8