Kading, Carlson in hunt for state trip
Park Rapids' Mary Kading and Alyssa Carlson are one win away from returning to the state Class A girls tennis tournament.
The Panthers' top doubles team advanced to the Section 8A championship match by winning their first three matches at the Grand Forks Center Court Fitness Center.
Kading and Carlson, the No. 1 seed in doubles, opened with a 6-2, 6-1 win over No. 16-seeded Suzanne Coleman and Hannah Brenk of Perham Friday night.
A 6-2, 6-4 victory over No. 9-seeded Bailey Mankie and Lilly Mankie of East Grand Forks in Saturday's quarterfinals and a 6-1, 6-0 victory over No. 5-seeded Zoe Pietras-Swanton and Katie Rook of Thief River Falls in the semifinals put the Park Rapids duo in the finals.
Crookston's Sarah Derosier and Hayley Myrold, the No. 2 seed, won the section title with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Kading and Carlson in the championship match.
A true-second match was needed to determine the other state qualifier when Crookston's Rachel Lariviere and Jaclyn Proulx defeated Pietras-Swanton and Rook 7-5, 6-4 in the third-place match. That true-second match pitting Kading and Carlson against Lariviere and Proulx was played Tuesday at Fargo. The winner of that match joins Derosier and Myrold as the two section state qualifiers. The state Class A tournament will be held Oct. 29-30 at the Reed-Sweatt Family Tennis Center in Minneapolis.
Park Rapids' Christina Smith won her first singles match before being eliminated in the quarterfinals. Smith, the No. 6 seed, defeated No. 11 Andrea Dickman of East Grand Forks 6-2, 6-3 in Friday's first round before falling to No. 3 Isabelle Resch of New York Mills 6-2, 6-1 in the quarterfinals.
The Panthers' other two section entrants were defeated in Friday's first round.
Bailey LaCoursiere, the No. 13 seed, was defeated by No. 4 Taylor MacFarlane of Roseau 6-0, 6-0. MacFarlane went on to finish third and earned a true-second match against East Grand Forks' Jessamy Jones Tuesday for a state berth.
Karly Dickisnon and Allie Girtz entered as the No. 13 seed in doubles and opened with a 6-4, 6-4 loss to Roseau's Amanda Monkman and Amy Olson, the No. 4 seed.
Abby Ness, Roseau, over Brita Sundberg, Perham, 6-0, 6-0; Missy Hendrickx, New York Mills, over Hayley Anderson, Wadena-Deer Creek, 6-0, 6-0; Kaylee Norlin, Thief River Falls, over Riley Erickson, Crookston, 6-1, 5-7, 6-4; Taylor MacFarlane, Roseau, over Bailey LaCoursiere, Park Rapids, 6-0, 6-0; Isabelle Resch, New York Mills, over Michelle Stahlecher, Crookston, 6-1, 6-0; Christina Smith, Park Rapids, over Andrea Dickman, East Grand Forks, 6-2, 6-3; Jamie LaCoursiere, Thief River Falls, over Becca Huebsch, Perham, 6-2, 6-1; Jessamy Jones, East Grand Forks, over Hanna Larson, Wadena-Deer Creek, by default.
Ness over Hendrickx 6-0, 6-0; MacFarlane over Norlin 6-3, 6-1; Resch over Smith 6-2, 6-1; Jones over LaCoursiere 6-2, 6-2.
Ness over MacFarlane 6-1, 6-0; Jones over Resch 6-3, 6-2.
Ness over Jones 6-0, 6-0 (title); MacFarlane over Resch 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 (third).
Mary Kading/Alyssa Carlson, Park Rapids, over Suzanne Coleman/Hannah Brenk, Perham, 6-2, 6-1; Bailey Mankie/Lilly Mankie, East Grand Forks, over Samantha Holweger/Jessica Rinkel, Wadena-Deer Creek, 6-4, 6-4; Zoe Pietras-Swanton/Katie Rook, Thief River Falls, over Savannah Thompson/Lauren Bach, New York Mills, 6-3, 6-0; Amanda Monkman/Amy Olson, Roseau, over Karly Dickinson/Allie Girtz, Park Rapids, 6-4, 6-4; McKenna Jones/Paige Jensen, East Grand Forks, over Andrea Jensen/Macy Hartman, Wadena-Deer Creek, 6-3, 6-1; Rachel Lariviere/Jaclyn Proulx, Crookston, over Lindsey Genereux/Sarah Matter, Thief River Falls, 7-5, 6-4; Whitney Delaney/Emily Wurgler, Perham, over Katie Olson/Megan Foley, Roseau, 6-3, 6-1; Sarah Derosier/Hayley Myrold, Crookston, over Kaitlyn Hintsala/Jen Maki, New York Mills, 6-2, 6-0.
Kading/Carlson over Mankie/Mankie 6-2, 6-4; Pietras-Swanton/Rook over Monkman/Olson 6-4, 6-0; Lariviere/Proulx over Jones/Jensen 6-3, 4-6, 7-5; Derosier/Myrold over Delaney/Wurgler 6-1, 6-1.
Kading/Carlson over Pietras-Swanton 6-1, 6-0; Derosier/Myrold over Lariviere/Proulx 6-1, 6-0.
Derosier/Myrold over Kading/Carlson 6-4, 6-2 (title); Lariviere/Proulx over Pietras-Swanton/Rook 7-5, 6-4 (third).
Roseau repeats as champs
Roseau used a 6-1 win over Park Rapids and a 4-0 victory over East Grand Forks to repeat as the Section 8A team champion Friday.
Kading and Carlson were victorious at No. 1 doubles to account for the Panthers' only point in the semifinal match against Roseau, which defeated Park Rapids 6-1 during the regular season. No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles only played one set since the match was decided by that time. Park Rapids entered as the No. 5 seed while Roseau was the section's top seed.
The loss ended Park Rapids' season at 7-10. Roseau, which is rated No. 8 in the latest state Class A poll, will carry a 13-2 record to state. East Grand Forks edged Crookston 4-3 in the other semifinal match before losing to Roseau in the finals.
The state Class A team tournament begins Oct. 27-28 at the Reed-Sweatt Family Tennis Center in Minneapolis.