Panthers coast to pair of conference wins against Lakers, Rangers
Led by a sweep in doubles and only two losses in singles play, the Park Rapids girls tennis team swept a Mid-State Conference triangular meet Thursday at the Depot Courts.
The Panthers lost only six games in the three doubles matches to spark a 6-1 win over Detroit Lakes in the first match and lost only four games in the top three singles matches to spark a 6-1 victory over Crosby-Ironton in the second dual.
In the win over Detroit Lakes, Alyssa Carlson and Christina Smith at No. 1 doubles, Karly Dickinson and Allie Girtz at No. 2 doubles, and Bonnie Baumgartner and Lexi Burlingame at No. 3 doubles led the way. Julia Renner at No. 2 singles, Lydia Schaum at No. 3 singles and Heidi Schaum at No. 4 singles also posted straight-set wins. Bailey LaCoursiere lost in a third-set tiebreaker at No. 1 singles.
Singles sparked the win over C-I as LaCoursiere at No. 1 singles, Renner at No. 2 singles and Lydia Schaum at No. 3 singles controlled their matches. In doubles, the Carlson/Smith No. 1 duo and Baumgartner and Burlingame at the No. 3 spot rolled to easy wins. Dickinson and Girtz prevailed in a third-set tiebreaker to complete the victory.
The wins lifted the Panthers to 3-0 in conference matches and 6-2 overall entering Tuesday's dual against Wadena-Deer Creek. Park Rapids hosts Staples-Motley in another conference match Thursday.
Park Rapids 6, Detroit Lakes 1
No. 1 singles: Joelle Langworthy, DL, over Bailey LaCoursiere 6-2, 4-6, 7-3.
No. 2 singles: Julia Renner, PR, over Katie Anderson 6-3, 6-4.
No. 3 singles: Lydia Schaum, PR, over Laurenn Johnson 6-4, 6-1.
No. 4 singles: Heidi Schaum, PR, over Shantel Kluenenberg 6-3, 6-2.
No. 1 doubles: Alyssa Carlson/Christina Smith, PR, over Tess Hamre/Brianna Seebold 6-2, 6-1.
No. 2 doubles: Karly Dickinson/Allie Girtz, PR, over India Fritze/Emily Seebold 6-1, 6-1.
No. 3 doubles: Bonnie Baumgartner/Lexi Burlingame, PR, over Whitney Benscoter/Kira Leichter 6-0, 6-1.
Park Rapids 6, Crosby-Ironton 1
No. 1 singles: Bailey LaCoursiere, PR, over Alice Bertram 6-0, 6-1.
No. 2 singles: Julia Renner, PR, over Mariah Oren-Craig 6-0, 6-0.
No. 3 singles: Lydia Schaum, PR, over Jessica Lundstrom 6-2, 6-1.
No. 4 singles: Gabrielle Hudrlik, C-I, over Heidi Schaum 6-1, 6-2.
No. 1 doubles: Alyssa Carlson/Christina Smith, PR, over Meredith Silgen/Shannon Lundgrun 6-2, 6-0.
No. 2 doubles: Karly Dickinson/Allie Girtz, PR, over Vanessa Hudrlik/Ashley Borutt 6-4, 6-7 (2-7), 7-2.
No. 3 doubles: Bonnie Baumgartner/Lexi Burlingame, PR, over Shannon Taylor/Jessica Daver 6-0, 6-0.