Panthers defeat DL, C-I
Winning the top three singles spots and sweeping the doubles matches sparked the Park Rapids girls tennis team to a pair of Mid-State Conference victories Thursday at the Depot Courts.
The Panthers won six matches in straight sets in a 7-0 win over Detroit Lakes and a 6-1 victory over Crosby-Ironton.
Against Detroit Lakes, Julia Smith, Hope Johnson and Natalie Kinkel combined to lose only four games at the top singles spots while Tori Hilmanowski prevailed in a third-set tiebreaker to complete the sweep in singles. In doubles, Sarena Kinkel and Lindsey Girtz at the No. 1 spot, Morgan Knott and Mariena Dearstyne at the No. 2 spot, and Drew Hilmanowski and Haley MacPherson at the No. 3 spot won in straight sets to complete the sweep.
In the win over C-I, Smith, Johnson and Kinkel coasted in singles while the Sarena Kinkel/Girtz, Knott/Dearstyne and MacPherson and Drew Hilmanowski doubles teams coasted to straight-set victories.
In exhibition doubles play, Kellsey Clark and Rachel Palmer defeated Detroit Lakes’ Krista Leaf and Maddie Ring 7-6 (7-1), 6-0 and C-I’s Whitney Houkos and Hillary Holmvig 6-4, 6-0.
The Panthers improved to 2-1 in conference matches and 8-3 overall.
Park Rapids 7, Detroit Lakes 0
No. 1 singles: Julia Smith, PR, over Dani Unruh 6-0, 6-1.
No. 2 singles: Hope Johnson, PR, over Stella Foltz 6-0, 6-2.
No. 3 singles: Natalie Kinkel, PR, over Sydney Fritz 6-1, 6-0.
No. 4 singles: Tori Hilmanowski, PR, over Grace Kinney 6-4, 3-6, 10-6.
No. 1 doubles: Lindsey Girtz/Sarena Kinkel, PR, over Devree Burris/Carolyn Kinney 6-4, 6-0.
No. 2 doubles: Morgan Knott/Mariena Dearstyne, PR, over Emma Maguire/Emily Seebold 6-3, 6-3.
No. 3 doubles: Drew Hilmanowski/Haley MacPherson, PR, over Hailey Sonstegard/Adrianna Brehm 6-4, 6-4.
Park Rapids 6, Crosby-Ironton 1
No. 1 singles: Julia Smith, PR, over Emilie Froidcoeur 6-1, 6-1.
No. 2 singles: Hope Johnson, PR, over Abby Gindorff 6-4, 1-1 (forfeit).
No. 3 singles: Natalie Kinkel, PR, over Kari Watson 6-2, 6-0.
No. 4 singles: Madeline Oren, CI, over Tori Hilmanowski 7-6 (7-2), 6-1.
No. 1 doubles: Sarena Kinkel/Lindsey Girtz, PR, over Bonnie Holmvig/Mikaela Hartman 6-3, 6-1.
No. 2 doubles: Morgan Knott/Mariena Dearstyne, PR, over Abigail Froidcoeur/Liz Kuhlmann 6-0, 6-1.
No. 3 doubles: Haley MacPherson/Drew Hilmanowski, PR, over Maddy Kertzmann/Sage Stangel 6-3, 6-3.