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Tennis squad gears up for pivotal week

In a crucial week, the West Fargo girls tennis team can take the lessons it learned at last weekends West Fargo Tennis Invitational and literally turn its season around.

With three wins, the girls squad would move to 4-4 on the season. Matches include duals with Fargo North, Grand Forks Central and Jamestown, three teams that Chad Anderson, head coach of the Packer tennis team, thinks his squad can compete with and defeat on a good day.

A .500 record would be huge, he said. That could mean finishing as high as fourth in the conference. The No. 4 seed in the East Region Tournament for our girls would be really nice. That would give us a lot of confidence.

The road to that record started Monday afternoon, as the Packers tried to squeeze in a dual with Grand Forks Central. The prior engagement cancelled by rain more than two weeks ago, Mondays match was also threatened by storm clouds, and windy conditions made play difficult. Still, West Fargo rolled to a 6-3 victory, improving them to 2-4 on the year and getting the week off on the right foot.

Doggett, Anderson and Ann Dai each posted singles victories, joining Merena Ahmed, who kept up who impressive season.

Tuesday, as this issue of the Pioneer rolled off the press, the Packers hosted Jamestown, a squad that can be scrappy at times, but one that Anderson thinks his team can defeat in its own backyard.

This Thursday, West Fargo will square off with Fargo North for their final tune-up before the East Region Tournament, which starts with the team tournament on May 18.

Ahmed, only a sophomore, was the lone placewinner for the Packers at the West Fargo Invite, where the team finished 12th out of 16 entrants. Anderson said Ahmed has made strides in her third year of playing tennis at an organized level, and that her athletic ability has her on the path to being a solid player for the future.

Shes worked hard on her ground strokes and greatly improved her shotmaking skills, he said. Shes at a point now where she can reach and get that key shot when she needs them. She knows where to put the ball on the court.

Combined with No. 1 singles player Jessie John and No. 2 Sadie Doggett, Ahmed has been a solid point-getter for the Packers, who have just one win to their credit in dual action but have been close, including in a 5-4 loss to Fargo South. Another standout has been Beth Anderson, coach Andersons daughter, who has been a regular on both the singles and doubles circuit.

The Packers have ample opportunity to make some noise in the postseason, with or without wins in those final three duals, Anderson said. The result relies somewhat on the luck of the draw, he added.

Really, its just where you end up. Sometimes things fall your way, and sometimes you run into a wall, he said. It all depends on that draw. How do you match up with the players you get early in the meet? So, hopefully, things fall our way a little bit and we can make the most of it.

The Packers and Spartans will square off at 4:30 p.m. at the Packer tennis courts, located just south of the high school on 10th Avenue East.

Results Monday

West Fargo 6,

GF Central 3


1st Flight:

Megan Sween GFC def. Jessie John WF 6-3, 6-4

2nd Flight:

Sadie Doggett WF def. Ashley Langerud GFC 6-2, 6-1

3rd Flight:

Beth Anderson WF def. Emily Paintner GFC 7-5, 6-1

4th Flight:

Randi Gregoire GFC def. Laura Cronin WF 2-6, 6-3, (10-5)

5th Flight:

Ann Dai WF def. Alexis Noreen GFC 4-6, 7-6(5), (11-9)

6th Flight:

Merema Ahmed WF def. Kayla Urness GFC 6-3, 6-4


1st Flight:

John & Doggett WF def. Sween & Gregoire GFC 7-5, 6-4

2nd Flight:

Anderson & Cronin WF def. Langerud & Noreen GFC 6-4, 6-0

3rd Flight:

Paintner & Rachel Parvey GFC def. Dai & Ashley Denne WF 6-3, 6-4