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Game, set, match! DHS varsity tennis dominates Bismarck

Head coach Lia Bradley said she was impressed with her team’s winning mentality on the courts.

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Co-captain Emma Dazell braces herself for a long match against an opponent entering her court. (Josiah C. Cuellar/The Dickinson Press)

As Dickinson High School’s varsity tennis — 1-1 in conference play — continues to grow and gain the much needed experience to be in the hunt at the end of the season, they have begun to lean on their strengths against tough competition. Unfortunately for Bismarck high, they were the prime example of a burgeoning team improving in leaps and bounds each week.

The Midgets faced Bismarck at home on Tuesday, beneath an unusually hot southwest North Dakota sun. However, Dickinson proved that their rackets were far hotter — going 8-1.

Head coach Lia Bradley said she was impressed with her team’s winning mentality on the courts.

“I am very proud of all the players. They didn't let down the intensity coming from the Minot match (1-8)... We had a talk at the beginning about taking care of your spot. Trying to fight for every point and trying to win at your spot because every win is important. They took that to heart it seems because we dominated in most of the spots,” Bradley said. “Bismarck High School has had a tradition of being good in tennis and we couldn't take them lightly. The girl won and fought as hard as possible and came out with a great win.”

The young Dickinson tennis team won all but one match up. It was sophomore Julianne Kadrmas who fell to Bismarck Demon, Jessica Schuh in a close and intense match that went to three sets. 3-6, 6-2 and 3-6.

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"(Kadrmas) had a very well fought battle. She had a really long three setter and I am very proud of her as well,” Bradley said. “I am very impressed with the young girls that haven't had much varsity experience that are stepping it up.”

Co-captain Elizabeth Dean had an extraordinary single match against Ashtin Roller with a two set win, 6-0, 6-1. Vaerlia Bradley single match against Megan Richter was an also an explosive triumph that saw her win by the second set 6-3, 6-0.

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Valeria Bradley shows intensity on the court that reflects her 2-0 record of conference single match play this season. (Josiah C. Cuellar/The Dickinson Press)

"Elizabeth, really put the time in during the off season and its showing. She has become so much more consistent and she has found her niche,” Coach Bradley said. “(Valeria Bradley) is intense and very aggressive and she goes for a lot of winners and a lot of difficult shots. Very bold. She puts the ball away quickly, looks for the opportunity and makes her winning shot.”

The Midgets played three double matches that all resulted in victorys. One of which included seventh grader, Shayna Klitzke.

“They are a young team and they are exceeding my expectations,” Bradley said. “I think some of it is the off season work they put in this year… in a sport like tennis you can't just show up tennis season and expect to perform,” Bradley said. “(also) the good attitude, the good team unity we have, and the leadership of the captains.”

On Thursday at 3 p.m., the DHS tennis team will be defending their home courts once again against Century (0-1).

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Singles match results:

Valeria Bradley vs. Megan Richter(6-3)(6-0) W

Emma Dazell vs. Peyton Kovash(6-1)(7-5) W

Elizabeth Dean vs. Ashtin Roller(6-0)(6-1) W

Lola Homiston vs. Grace Haider(6-3)(6-3) W

Julianne Kadrmas vs. Jessica Schuh(3-6)(6-2)(6-3) L

Rachel Dazell vs. Sidney Hall (6-4)(6-2) W

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Doubles match results:

Bradley-E. Dazell vs. Megan Richter-Jessica Schuh (6-0)(6-0) W

Dean-Homiston vs. Peyton Kovash-Grace Haider (6-3) (6-1) W

R. Dazell-Shayna Klitzke vs. Ashtin Roller-Sidney Hall (6-4) (1-6) (10-5) W

Josiah C. Cuellar was born in San Angelo, Texas, a small rural community in the western part of the state known for its farming, ranching and beautiful Concho River. A Texas A&M San Antonio graduate specializing in multi-media reporting, Cuellar is an award winning photographer and reporter whose work focuses on community news and sports.
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