Panthers debut with 1-2 record
Holly Roepke won all three of her matches while Megan Lawrence and Julia Kujawa posted 2-1 records as the Park Rapids girls tennis team opened the season by winning one of three dual meets.
The Panthers opened their dual-meet schedule with a 5-2 loss at Fergus Falls Tuesday before splitting matches at Sauk Centre with a 5-2 win over Sauk Centre and a 5-2 loss to Yellow Medicine East.
"We had a lot of close matches," said Park Rapids head coach Nicole Brandt. "We have a lot of girls in new spots and they're doing a great job of stepping up."
Otters defeat Panthers
Fergus Falls won two doubles matches in the third set to pull off a 5-2 win Tuesday.
Lawrence won in straight sets at No. 1 singles and Roepke posted a straight-set win at No. 2 singles to account for the Panthers' two points.
Fergus Falls 5, Park Rapids 2
No. 1 singles: Megan Lawrence, PR, over Emily Jacobson 6-2, 6-1.
No. 2 singles: Holly Roepke, PR, over Susie Schoeneck 6-3, 6-0.
No. 3 singles: Ashley Mergens, FF, over Allison Lempola 6-3, 6-3.
No. 4 singles: Karla Thole, FF, over Julia Kujawa 7-6 (7-5), 6-3.
No. 1 doubles: Tara Kimball/Erin Morstad, FF, over Mindy Law-rence/Mary Kading 6-3, 6-1.
No. 2 doubles: Stephanie Schultz/ Tiffany Werre, FF, over Alyssa Klingenberg/Alyssa Carlson 6-7 (3-7), 6-4, 7-6 (7-4).
No. 3 doubles: Ashley Heintzel-man/Cristina Masten, FF, over Rachel Thelen/Karly Dickinson 3-6, 6-4, 6-2.
Panthers split matches
The Panthers won four matches in third-set tie-breakers to defeat Sauk Centre, but managed to extend only one match into a third set in the loss to YME.
Megan Lawrence lost only two games at No. 1 singles while Roepke and Julia Kujawa prevailed with third-set tiebreaker wins to lead the Panthers in singles against Sauk Centre.
In doubles play, Mindy Lawrence and Mary Kading won in three sets at the No. 1 spot and Alyssa Klingen-berg and Alyssa Carlson prevailed at the No. 2 position by rallying for the win in a tiebreaker.
Against YME, Roepke prevailed in a third-set tiebreaker at No. 2 singles while Kujawa posted a straight-set win at No. 4 singles.
Park Rapids 5, Sauk Centre 2
No. 1 singles: Megan Lawrence, PR, over Jill Felling 6-0, 6-2.
No. 2 singles: Holly Roepke, PR, over Christine Zimmerman 5-7, 6-4, 7-1.
No. 3 singles: Laura Hintzen, SC, over Allison Lempola 6-1, 6-2.
No. 4 singles: Julia Kujawa, PR, over Samantha Miller 2-6, 7-5, 7-5.
No. 1 doubles: Mindy Lawrence/ Mary Kading, PR, over Stephanie Anderson/Chelsea Donnay 4-6, 6-1, 6-1.
No. 2 doubles: Alyssa Klingenberg/ Alyssa Carlson, PR, over Emily Peopping/Leah Amundson 3-6, 6-4, 7-5.
No. 3 doubles: Christine Ritter/ Toshia Reinke, SC, over Rachel Thelen/Karly Dickinson 1-6, 6-2, 7-5.
YME 5, Park Rapids 2
No. 1 singles: Katelyn Dubbelde, YME, over Megan Lawrence 6-2, 7-6 (7-4).
No. 2 singles: Holly Roepke, PR, over Melissa Rasmusson 6-2, 3-6, 8-6.
No. 3 singles: Cheri Fjermestad, YME, over Allison Lempola 6-0, 6-1.
No. 4 singles: Julia Kujawa, PR, over Kate Scheffler 6-4, 6-3.
No. 1 doubles: Rachel Crowley/ Haley Bennett, YME, over Mindy Lawrence/Mary Kading 6-3, 6-4.
No. 2 doubles: Meghan Jensen/ Jessica Erickson, YME, over Alyssa Klingenberg/Alyssa Carl-son 6-4, 6-2.
No. 3 doubles: Allison Baker/Grace Christian, YME, over Rachel The-len/Karly Dickinson 6-4, 6-3.
Invitational rained out
Rain prevented completion of the Park Rapids Invitational last Saturday.
Megan Lawrence went 1-1 at No. 1 singles, Roepke went 1-0 at No. 2 singles, Allison Lempola went 1-1 at No. 3 singles, Kujawa went 1-1 at No. 4 singles, Mindy Lawrence and Kading went 1-2 at No. 1 doubles, Klingenberg and Carlson went 1-1 at No. 2 doubles, and Rachel Thelen and Dena Johanning went 1-1 at No. 3 doubles before the meet was called off.
East Grand Forks, Fergus Falls, Minnewaska Area, Moorhead, Roseau, Thief River Falls and Wadena-Deer Creek joined Park Rapids in this eight-team tournament.