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Panthers avenge loss with 6-1 win over Thief River Falls

Thief River Falls won the top three singles spots to defeat the Park Rapids girls tennis team 4-3 during the regular season.

The Panthers used that same formula to avenge that loss and defeat Thief River Falls in the Section 8A quarterfinals Monday at the Grand Forks Tennis Center.

Park Rapids, the No. 5 seed entering the section tournament, swept all four singles matches and added two wins in doubles for a 6-1 victory over the No. 4-seeded Prowlers. That win gave the Panthers a 7-9 record in dual meets and a semifinal match with No. 1-seeded Roseau Friday.

Bailey LaCoursiere and Julia Renner coasted at the No. 2 and No. 3 singles spots and Lexi Burlingame and Katie Walsh prevailed in straight sets at No. 3 doubles to give the Panthers the early lead.

Emily Klingenberg prevailed in three sets at No. 4 singles, Mary Kading and Alyssa Carlson prevailed in three sets at No. 1 doubles, and Christina Smith prevailed in a third-set tiebreaker at No. 1 singles to seal the win.

In Monday's other quarterfinal matches, Roseau eliminated No. 8 Wadena-Deer Creek 5-2, No. 2 Crookston blanked No. 7 Perham 7-0 and No. 3 East Grand Forks ousted No. 6 New York Mills 7-0.

The section semifinals were held Friday at the Grand Forks Tennis Center with the section individual tournament beginning Friday afternoon. The section individual tournament concludes today (Saturday).

The section team champion advances to the state Class A tournament, which will be held Oct. 27-28 at the Reed-Sweatt Family Tennis Center in Minneapolis. Roseau, which is rated No. 10 in the latest state Class A poll, is the defending section champion.

The section champions and runners-up in both singles and doubles advance to the state Class A tournament, which will be held Oct. 29-30 at the Reed-Sweatt Family Tennis Center.