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Press Photo by Royal McGregor Dickinson junior Kayla Wallace hits a forehand shot against Minot’s Alyssa Henson during a West Region dual on Friday at Dickinson’s city courts.

The Dickinson High girls tennis team started its three-match home stretch off on a rocky start.

Minot made sure it won the West Region dual by taking five of the six singles matches. The Majettes beat the Midgets with 7-2 win on Friday at the DHS tennis courts.

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“It was a little bit of a letdown after such a good week of practice and talking about how important of a match this was in the standings,” Dickinson head coach James Kramer said. “To come out and play as flat as we did is a little disappointing.”

The lone Dickinson player to win a singles match was Kayla Wallace. The junior also teamed up with Ireland Jung to win a doubles matches.

Wallace defeated Minot’s Alyssa Henson at No. 6 singles match 7-6 (8-6) and 6-1. The No. 3 doubles team of Wallace and Jung beat Evie Reynolds and Kali Askvig in three sets 5-7, 6-0 and 7-5.

“Kayla is a very very good No. 6 singles player,” Kramer said. “When you look at all the No. 6 players in the conference, she’s right up there. The thing with Kayla is she does give you hustle and effort in every point, every game and every match. She doesn’t hold back. She’s a scraper and that keeps her in a lot of matches.”

Kramer said the momentum switch was when Minot’s Nos. 2 and 4 singles players — Jenna Coggins and Kendra Collins, respectively — won their three-set matches. Coggins edged Meryl Kovacs 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), while Collins defeated Mariah Jorda 6-4, 5-7, 6-3.

“They were right in the middle of all the singles matches going on,” Kramer said. “Those run so long, because all the other singles get done so much earlier. We could have come up out of singles tied 3-3. That changes the whole tide. When the match is won in singles, it takes a lot of focus out of the doubles when you know the match is already over. Those were crucial singles matches (Minot) were able to win and definitely swung the tide.”

The Midgets won’t dwell on the past as they host Jamestown in a West Region dual at noon today.

“Hopefully, they will bounce back and play with just a little bit more energy and effort,” Kramer said.

Singles: 1, Ban Dodin, M, def. Lindsey Bakken, 6-3, 6-3. 2, Jenna Coggins, M, def. Meryl Kovacs, 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (7-4). 3, Latasha Klein, M, def. Ziria Rascon 6-1, 6-1. 4, Kendra Collins, M, def. Mariah Jorda 6-4, 5-7 6-3. 5, Emily Beck, M, def. McKenna Love 6-2, 7-6 (7-4). 6, Kayla Wallace, D, Alyssa Henson 7-6 (8-6), 6-1.

Doubles: 1, Dodin/Klein, M, def. Bakken/Kovacs 6-3, 6-1. 2, Coggins/Collins, M, Jorda/Love 6-4, 6-3. 3, Wallace/Ireland Jung, D, def. Evie Reynolds/Kali Askvig, 5-7, 6-0, 7-5.