Originally scheduled to face Minot on the road, the Dickinson High girls tennis team hosted Baker (Mont.) in their season opener.
The Midgets recorded a clean sweep, triumphing in all six singles matches and three doubles matches against the Spartans at the West River Community Center on Saturday, April 14.
"The ladies were playing pretty consistent," Midgets head coach Lia Bradley said. "Our singles and doubles teams are getting more comfortable in the positions they play. In doubles, the girls are playing well with each other."
In the effort to save time since there are only two courts at the West River Community Center, scoring for the day's matches were altered. Instead of players and teams playing best-out-of-three sets, the winner was decided by the first to earn eight game victories.
Pitted against Baker junior Madison Moore and senior Sheyanne Janeway, Dickinson's No. 1 doubles team of juniors Haile Karlen and Lauren Jorda pulled away late, winning the match 8-4.
"Our team did pretty well," Karlen said. "We all stayed super consistent and we communicated to each other so if the ball was overhead, we'd switch and it helped cover all the ground on the court."
Jorda and Karlen won four of the first five games, before their advantage was trimmed to 4-3. The Midgets' top doubles team responded with more force to earn the victory.
"I think we just tried and pushed a little harder," Karlen said. "We tried harder shots and hit the ball faster just so we can rattle them up a little."
Karlen's power game was evident from the sideline.
"She was playing very consistent and she hit hard, hard strokes," Bradley said. "Both her forehand and backhand are starting to really look comfortable and that's a good sign because her competition, especially for her as our No. 1, is going to get a lot tougher."
Karlen won her singles match against Spartans No. 1 Tesla Erickson 8-3.
Jorda matched her teammate's performance with an 8-3 singles victory over Moore. After missing all of last season with a torn labrum, Jorda said she couldn't wait to face live competition.
"With being out, it's really driving me to do my best and never give up on anything," Jorda said. "If a shot is hard, I try to hit a harder shot back."
Dickinson's lone senior and team captain Marcail Allerdings was involved in the day's most competitive match.
Facing off against Baker junior Kelsey Miller, Allerdings trailed early, but won three of the last four games, taking an 8-5 victory. She also defeated Miller in doubles action as Allerdings and junior Alexa Cofer defeated Miller and Erickson 8-3.
In the final doubles match of the day, Midgets freshman Emma Dazell and seventh-grader Malayna Schneider scored a 8-0 shutout over the Baker tandem of senior Skyler Robinson and sophomore Lena Kennel.
Cofer, Dazell and Schneider collected 8-0 shutouts in their singles matches.
In their conference opener, Dickinson will next host Bismarck St. Mary's on Thursday, April 19.
"It's going to get a lot tougher pretty soon," Bradley said. "But today was a good warm-up for us."
Dickinson 9, Baker (Mont.) 0
Singles: 1, Halie Karlen, DHS, def. Tesla Erickson, BHS, 8-3. 2, Lauren Jorda, DHS, def. Madison Moore, BHS, 8-3. 3, Marcail Allerdings, DHS, def. Kelsey Miller, BHS, 8-5. 4, Emma Dazell, DHS, def. Sheyanne Janeway, BHS, 8-0. 5, Alexa Cofer, DHS, def. Skyler Robinson, BHS, 8-0. 6, Malayna Schnieder, DHS, def. Lena Kennel, BHS, 8-0.
Doubles: 1, Karlen/Jorda, DHS, def. Moore/Janeway, BHS, 8-4. 2, Allerdings/Cofer, DHS, def. Miller/Erickson, BHS, 8-3. 3, Dazell/Schnieder, DHS, def. Robinson/Kennel, BHS, 8-0.