Panthers split home matches with Crookston, Pequot Lakes
A 5-2 win was followed with a 5-2 loss as the Park Rapids girls tennis team split dual meets Tuesday at the Depot Courts.
After an hour rain delay, the Panthers opened this scheduled quadrangular meet with a 5-2 win over Section 8A rival Crookston before falling to Mid-State Conference rival Pequot Lakes by the same score in the second dual. The third dual against Long Prairie-Grey Eagle was rained out.
In the win over Crookston, Natalie Kinkel and Abby Morris coasted to wins at the top singles spots while Kendra Coborn prevailed in a third-set tiebreaker at No. 3 singles. Gracie Eischens and Rachael Herman also prevailed in a third-set tiebreaker at No. 2 doubles while Meagan Powers and Madison Johnson rolled to a win at No. 3 doubles. Emma Miller and Macy Goochey added a 6-3, 6-0 win in an exhibition doubles match.
Pequot Lakes used three straight-set wins in singles and a pair of straight-set wins in doubles for the victory in the Panthers' first conference dual. Morris won in straight sets at No. 2 singles while Eischens and Herman rallied to win a third-set tiebreaker at No. 2 doubles to account for Park Rapids' two wins. That loss dropped the Panthers' overall record to 4-5.
Pequot Lakes won all three matches with a 7-0 win over LP-GE and a 4-0 win over Crookston in a match that saw the other three matches rained out. Crookston defeated LP-GE 5-2 in the other match.
"The girls continue to play well, but there is still a lot of room for improvement," said Park Rapids head coach Brianne Morris. "I'm proud of the girls and how hard they continue to work."
Park Rapids 5, Crookston 2
No. 1 singles: Natalie Kinkel, PR, over Hannah Street 6-0, 6-0.
No. 2 singles: Abby Morris, PR, over Eden Haller 6-1, 6-0.
No. 3 singles: Kendra Coborn, PR, over Emma Osborn 6-3, 2-6, 10-7.
No. 4 singles: Halle Winjum, C, over Mickey Clark 6-1, 6-2.
No. 1 doubles: Emma Borowicz/Catherine Tiedemann, C, over Chloe Johnson/Jada Renneberg 6-3, 6-1.
No. 2 doubles: Gracie Eischens/Rachael Herman, PR, over Macy Fee/Emma Gunderson 3-6, 6-0, 10-2.
No. 3 doubles: Meagan Powers/Madison Johnson, PR, over Halle Bruggemann/Isabelle Smith 6-1, 6-0.
Pequot Lakes 5, Park Rapids 2
No. 1 singles: Megan Muller, PL, over Natalie Kinkel 6-2, 6-0.
No. 2 singles: Abby Morris, PR, over Morgan Mudgett 7-5, 6-0.
No. 3 singles: Courtney Boller, PL, over Kendra Coborn 6-1, 6-4.
No. 4 singles: Madeline Pluimer, PL, over Mickey Clark 6-0, 6-0.
No. 1 doubles: Elli Saxerud, Alexa Fyle, PL, over Chloe Johnson/Jada Renneberg 6-4, 6-1.
No. 2 doubles: Gracie Eischens/Rachael Herman, PR, over Madeline Sherman/Erin Bengtson 6-3, 2-6, 10-8.
No. 3 doubles: Morgan Lueck/Afton Crocker, PL, over Madison Johnson/Meagan Powers 6-0, 6-1.
Panthers go 2-1 at Sauk Centre
The Panthers posted wins over Yellow Medicine East and Sauk Centre during a quadrangular meet at Sauk Centre on Aug. 23.
The Panthers combined to lose only 15 games in a 7-0 win over Yellow Medicine East and edged Sauk Centre 4-3. Litchfield, which won the consolation title at last year's state Class A tournament, defeated the Panthers 6-1 in the other match.
In the win over YME, Kinkel, Morris, Coborn and Mickey Clark coasted to singles wins while the Chloe Johnson/Jada Renneberg, Eischens/Herman and Madison Johnson/Powers duos combined to drop only four games in doubles.
Litchfield only dropped 12 games in sweeping the singles matches and winning the top doubles matches. Madison Johnson and Powers prevailed in straight sets at No. 3 doubles to account for the Panthers' lone win.
The Panthers prevailed in the top singles and doubles matches to edge Sauk Centre. Morris won in straight sets at No. 1 singles, Coborn rallied to win a third-set tiebreaker at No. 2 singles, Kinkel and Chloe Johnson didn't drop a game at No. 1 doubles, and Herman and Clark won in straight sets at No. 2 doubles. Powers and Madison Johnson fell in a third-set tiebreaker at No. 3 doubles.
Park Rapids 7, Yellow Medicine East 0
No. 1 singles: Natalie Kinkel, PR, over Whitney Tennis 6-0, 6-0.
No. 2 singles: Abby Morris, PR, over Emily Johnson 6-1, 6-2.
No. 3 singles: Kendra Coborn, PR, over Chelsea Hoernemann 6-3, 6-2.
No. 4 singles: Mickey Clark, PR, over Macie Sik 6-2, 6-1.
No. 1 doubles: Chloe Johnson/Jada Renneberg, PR, over Emilee Speh/Cherish Hammer 6-1, 6-2.
No. 2 doubles: Gracie Eischens/Rachael Herman, PR, over Brynn Cherveny/Tiana Rupp 6-0, 6-0.
No. 3 doubles: Madison Johnson/Meagan Powers, PR, over Chloe Van Sickle/Katelyn Luepke 6-1, 6-0.
Litchfield 6, Park Rapids 1
No. 1 singles: Shanna Kinny, L, over Natalie Kinkel 6-0, 6-3.
No. 2 singles: Elise Bierbaum, L, over Chloe Johnson 6-0, 6-0.
No. 3 singles: Avery Stilwell, L, over Jada Renneberg 6-1, 6-0.
No. 4 singles: Alyssa Ross, L, over Mickey Clark 6-2, 6-3.
No. 1 doubles: Vaida Behnke/Laney Huhner, L, over Kendra Coborn/Abby Morris 6-1, 6-1.
No. 2 doubles: Taylar Smith/Neriah Lara, L, over Gracie Eischens/Rachael Herman 6-1, 6-0.
No. 3 doubles: Madison Johnson/Meagan Powers, PR, over Kelsey Ballard/Britney Prahl 7-6 (7-5), 6-4.
Park Rapids 4, Sauk Centre 3
No. 1 singles: Abby Morris, PR, over Erica Middendorf 7-5, 6-0.
No. 2 singles: Kendra Coborn, PR, over Emily Primus 5-7, 6-4, 10-6.
No. 3 singles: Abigail Olson, SC, over Jada Renneberg 6-2, 6-4.
No. 4 singles: Savanna Marthaler, SC, over Gracie Eischens 6-2, 6-3.
No. 1 doubles: Natalie Kinkel/Chloe Johnson, PR, over Hannah Mockros/Alexis Tate 6-0, 6-0.
No. 2 doubles: Rachael Herman/Mickey Clark, PR, over Sarah Middendorf/Gabrielle Tschida 6-4, 6-1.
No. 3 doubles: Audrey Zenzen/Natalie Berndt, SC, over Meagan Powers/Madison Johnson 4-6, 6-4, 10-8.