Katy Vold hits a shot at the net during third doubles’ action vs. NLS last week as teammate Avarie Uhde looks on. The Lakers beat YME, MACCRAY and Melrose last week to clinch the WCC title.

The Minnewaska girls tennis team clinched at least a share of the WCC title with three conference wins last week over MACCRAY (6-1), YME (7-0) and Melrose Area (7-0).  The Lakers, who also dropped a 5-2 decision at home to NLS last Tuesday, improved to 7-7 overall and 7-0 in the conference with the latest three wins.

The Lakers were set to close out the WCC schedule, Tuesday (tomorrow), at Sauk Centre before playing at Osakis, Thursday, and competing in the WCC Tourney, Saturday, at Alexandria.

Five Lakers have double-digit wins past the midway point in the season — Grace Jensen (12-3), Avarie Uhde (11-6), Jayda Kolstoe (11-6), Zoey Elwood (11-6) and Katy Vold (10-7).

Minnewaska 6, MAC 1

The Lakers moved one step closer to another WCC title with a 6-1 victory at MACCRAY, last Monday.  The match had been scheduled for Sept. 15 at Waska, but rain forced a postponement and the two schools decided to meet up at Clara City instead.

The doubles teams swept three points as Sydney Dahl and Olivia Bleick won 7-5, 6-3 at first doubles, Grace Jensen and Zoey Elwood prevailed 6-0, 6-0 at second doubles and Avarie Uhde and Katy Vold earned a 6-0, 6-1 victory at third doubles.

In singles play, the Lakers earned three more points, including a 6-2, 6-0 win by Megan Thorfinnson at first singles, a 6-2, 6-1 victory by Alia Randt at second singles and a 6-4, 6-3 win by Jayda Kolstoe at fourth singles.

The Wolverines, who hadn’t lost a WCC match until meeting up with the Lakers, earned their lone point at third singles in a three-set win over Olivia Danielson (1-6, 7-6 (7-3), 10-7 tiebreaker).

Minnewaska 7, YME 0

After a short trip down Highway 23, the Lakers swept the YME Sting in another WCC contest, 7-0.  The Lakers lost just 12 total games in the four singles’ matches and four games in doubles.

Megan Thorfinnson led the shutout with a 6-1, 6-3 win at first singles, while Sydney Dahl won at second singles (6-1, 6-2), Olivia Danielson prevailed at third singles (6-1, 6-3) and Avarie Uhde was victorious at fourth singles (6-0, 6-1).

In doubles, Olivia Bleick and Alia Randt earned a 6-0, 6-2 win at first doubles, Grace Jensen and Zoey Elwood earned their sixth-straight win with a 6-1, 6-0 victory at second doubles and Jayda Kolstoe and Katy Vold earned a 6-1, 6-0 victory at third doubles.

Six of the Lakers’ seven wins this season have come by 6-1 or 7-0 scores.

NLS 5, Minnewaska 2

The Lakers fell in a close non-conference match with NLS, 5-2, in what might end up deciding the third seed in the upcoming Section 6A Tourney. NLS picked up straight-set wins at first, third and fourth singles, as well as first doubles, while the other three matches went three sets.

Alia Randt earned a 7-6 (7-4), 5-7, 10-4 tiebreaker win at second singles for the Lakers’ first point and the team of Grace Jensen and Zoey Elwood continued their winning streak with a 6-7 (4-7), 7-5, 10-0 tiebreaker victory at second doubles.  It was the seventh-straight win for the duo.

The Lakers almost picked up one more point, but the Wildcats rallied for a 6-7 (2-7), 6-3, 10-4 tiebreaker win at third doubles over Avarie Uhde and Katy Vold.

Minnewaska 7, Melrose 0

The Lakers did not lose a set in sweeping Melrose, Thursday at home, 7-0.  Megan Thorfinnson led the victory  with a 6-4, 6-2 win at first singles.

Minnewaska continued its doubles’ success this season as Olivia Bleick and Sydney Dahl won 6-1, 6-3 at first doubles, Grace Jensen and Zoey Elwood won their fourth match of the week with a 6-1, 6-1 victory at second doubles and Katy Vold and Avarie Uhde prevailed 6-1, 6-4 at third doubles. In addition, Alia Randt won easily at second singles (6-1, 6-2), Olivia Danielson earned a win at third singles (6-4, 6-4) and Jayda Kolstoe prevailed at fourth singles (6-4, 6-1).

Minnewaska 6, at MAC 1

SINGLES results: 

(1) Megan Thorfinnson, Min def Tayte Nokleby 6-2, 6-0  (2) Alia Randt, Min def Hannah DeLong 6-2, 6-1  (3) Greta Meyer, MAC def Olivia Danielson 1-6, 7-6 (7-3), 10-7tb  (4) Jayda Kolstoe, Min def Erika Pieper 6-4, 6-3

DOUBLES results:  

(1)  Sydney Dahl-Olivia Bleick, Min def Malinda Peterson-Alex Dirksen 7-5, 6-3  (2) Grace Jensen-Zoey Elwood, Min def Mackenna Burnett-Iris Donner 6-0, 6-0  (3) Avarie Uhde-Katy Vold, Min def Ella Kienitz-Mia Shubert 6-0, 6-1


Minnewaska 7, at YME 0

SINGLES results: 

(1) Megan Thorfinnson, Min def Hope Stark 6-1, 6-3  (2) Sydney Dahl, Min def Liz Ross 6-1, 6-2  (3) Olivia Danielson, Min def Hope Foy 6-1, 6-3  (4) Avarie Uhde, Min def Emma Keller 6-0, 6-1

DOUBLES results:  

(1)  Olivia Bleick-Alia Randt, Min def Abigail Jimenez-Brianna Nelson 6-0, 6-2  (2) Grace Jensen-Zoey Elwood, Min def Sarana West-Katelyn Luepke 6-1, 6-0  (3) Jayda Kolstoe-Katy Vold, Min def Breea Johnson-Regan Streich 6-1, 6-0


NLS 5, at Minnewaska 2

SINGLES results: 

(1) Mya Mayhew, NLS def Megan Thorfinnson 6-4, 6-1  (2) Alia Randt, Min def Amyra Gamez 7-6 (7-4), 5-7, 10-4tb  (3) Ella Weiland, NLS def Olivia Danielson 6-1, 6-0  (4) Emily Ruter, NLS def Jayda Kolstoe 6-3, 6-1

DOUBLES results:  

(1)  Brooke Adelman-Delaney Hanson, NLS def Olivia Bleick-Sydney Dahl 6-3, 6-2  (2) Grace Jensen-Zoey Elwood, Min def Avery Deirenfeld-Jordan Proehl 6-7 (4-7), 7-5, 10-0tb  (3) Madisyn Claseman-Brianna Wielman, NLS def Avarie Uhde-Katy Vold 6-7 (2-7), 6-3, 10-4tb


at Minnewaska 7, Melrose 0

SINGLES results: 

(1) Megan Thorfinnson, Min def Emily Rieland 6-4, 6-2  (2) Alia Randt, Min def Alexis Baumann 6-1, 6-2  (3) Olivia Danielson, Min def Greta Hellermann 6-4, 6-4  (4) Jayda Kolstoe, Min def J. Butkowski 6-4, 6-1

DOUBLES results:  

(1)  Olivia Bleick-Sydney Dahl, Min def Jamie Klassen-Jessica Pholmann 6-1, 6-3  (2) Grace Jensen-Zoey Elwood, Min def Madison Baysinger-Anessa Redepenning 6-1, 6-1  (3) Katy Vold-Avarie Uhde, Min def Macy Davis-Abigail Welle 6-1, 6-4