Majettes open season with victory

After having its Round Robin Tournament postponed and then canceled in a span of less than a week, the Minot High girls tennis team finally got the opportunity to play a match Tuesday.

Despite the layoff, the Majettes looked in midseason form, defeating Williston 6-1. Minot won all three matches that went to a third-set tiebreaker, including two in doubles play.

“It was a good opening match to the season,” Minot coach Scott DeLorme said in a press release. “We saw a lot of positive things throughout the afternoon.”

Minot senior Ban Dodin and eighth-grader Jenna Coggins dominated their matches in No. 1 and No. 2 singles, respectively. Dodin won her match over Williston sophomore Keyanna Enget 6-1, 6-2 and Coggins dropped just one game in a 6-1, 6-0 victory over senior Keely Kleven.

Minot eighth-grader Alyssa Henson defeated freshman Jami Wells in three sets after dropping the opening set in No. 4 singles, 5-7, 6-3, 7-5.

“Alyssa is just an eighth-grader and she showed nice composure to battle back in her first varsity match,” DeLorme said.”

Williston’s Kaylen Barstan won the Coyotes’ lone match of the meet, defeating senior Emily Beck 6-4, 7-5.

The Majettes (1-0) swept doubles play. Minot senior Kendra Collins and junior Latasha Klein dropped the opening set, but rallied for a 5-7, 6-1, 6-2 victory over Williston’s Bethanie Pippin and Caitlin Hunter. Senior Jenn Hamilton and sophomore Tessa Wilson also lost their opening set before taking the final two in a 2-6, 6-2, 7-6 decision against Alyssa Hodenfield and Erica Westphal.

The youngest doubles team had little trouble with their competition. Freshman Evie Reynolds and eighth-grader Kali Askvig beat Jocci Falcon and Ciara Junyels 6-3, 6-0 in No. 3 doubles.

“Evie Reynolds and Kali Askvig played a nice match and were very aggressive, which we’ve really been stressing to our doubles teams,” DeLorme said.

The Majettes travel to Bismarck on Tuesday at 4:15 p.m.

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