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Bakken, Dickinson handle Demons

Press Photo by Royal McGregor Dickinson senior Lindsey Bakken hits a backhand shot against Bismarck High’s Jenna Andre at No. 1 singles during a West Region dual on Tuesday at the DHS tennis courts.

Dickinson senior Lindsey Bakken set the tone at No. 1 singles.

The rest of the Dickinson High girls tennis team followed.

Bakken defeated Jenna Andre 6-3, 6-3 at No. 1 singles as the Midgets beat the Demons 6-3 on Tuesday at the DHS tennis courts.

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“We challenged them that Bismarck has beat up on some teams that we had some close matches with,” Dickinson head coach James Kramer said. “We challenged the girls to come out in singles and set the tone. They answered the call and it was all-around a team effort.”

The Midgets won four of six singles and two of three doubles matches. Kramer said once Bakken grabbed an opening win, the momentum started to sway in Dickinson’s direction.

“In tennis, while you are playing you kind of keep an eye on what the other matches are doing,” Kramer said. “I think the other girls saw how well Lindsey played. The others saw that and really responded. A lot of what we did in singles feed off of what Lindsey did.”

McKenna Love, Kayla Wallace and Ireland Jung also picked up singles wins. Love defeated Skyler Lufave 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 at No. 4 singles, while Wallace beat Kayla Steffes 6-3, 6-2 and Jung topped Carissa Craven 6-3, 6-1.

The doubles wins came from the duos of Bakken and Love, and Wallace and Jung.

With the win, the Midgets closed out with West Region dual season with a 4-3 record. Last season the Midgets won one West Region dual against Mandan.

“Really looking at the schedule, we probably left one match on the table that I thought we could be a little more competitive in and that was Minot,” Kramer said. “Other than that, the girls stepped up and won every match they should have.”

The Midgets continue their season traveling to West Fargo for a pair of nonconference duals against Fargo South and Fargo Shanley on Friday. Dickinson continues its road trip in Fargo at the West Fargo Invitational on Saturday.

Though Dickinson has won back-to-back West Region duals to close out its conference season, Kramer believes the best is to come.

“This is clearly a prep for WDA,” he said. “It just to get kids some playing time. You are at the point in the season where you want to be playing your best tennis and I don’t think we are quite there yet, but weekends like this will help us get there.”

Singles: 1, Lindsey Bakken, D, def. Jenna Andre, 6-3, 6-3. 2, Rachel Schumaker, B, def. Meryl Kovacs, 6-4, 0-6, 7-6 (7-5). 3, Lauryn Andre, B, def. Mariah Jorda, 4-6, 7-6 (9-7), 6-2. 4, McKenna Love, D, def. Skyler Lufave, 2-6, 6-3, 6-3. 5, Kayla Wallace, D, def. Kayla Steffes, 6-3, 6-2. 6, Ireland Jung, D, def. Carissa Craven, 6-3, 6-1.

Doubles: 1, J. Andre/L. Andre, B, def. Kovacs/Jorda, 6-3, 7-6 (6-4). 2, Bakken/Love, D, def. Steffes/Shumaker, 6-4, 6-1. 3, Wallace/Jung, D, def. Lufave/Craven, 6-3, 6-2.