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Lydia Schaum split matches at No. 4 singles Tuesday afternoon. (Vance Carlson / Enterprise)

Thief River Falls, East Grand Forks rely on tiebreaker victories to top Panthers

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Thief River Falls and East Grand Forks used tiebreaker wins in singles to defeat the Park Rapids girls tennis team 4-3 Tuesday.

Thief River Falls prevailed at No. 1 singles, No. 2 singles, No. 3 singles and No. 3 doubles while East Grand Forks swept the four singles matches in this Section 8A triangular at the Depot Courts as the Panthers fell to 5-8 in dual meets this season.

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In the match against Thief River Falls, Mary Kading and Alyssa Carlson won in straight sets at No. 1 doubles, Karly Dickinson and Allie Girtz prevailed in a third-set tiebreaker at No. 2 doubles, and Lydia Schaum prevailed in a third-set tiebreaker at No. 4 singles. Christina Smith lost in a third-set tiebreaker at No. 1 singles.

Against East Grand Forks, the Panthers won the three doubles matches in straight sets as Kading and Carlson were victorious at No. 1 doubles, Dickinson and Girtz won at No. 2 doubles, and Lexi Burlingame and Katie Walsh prevailed at No. 3 doubles. Julie Renner dropped a third-set tiebreaker at No. 2 singles.

The Panthers continue matches against section rivals next week by playing East Grand Forks and Roseau at Thief River Falls Thursday and facing Roseau at Crookston next Saturday.

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