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Panthers serve up first win of season

Singles wins by Mary Kading, Julie Renner and Christina Smith and a win at No. 1 doubles by Karly Dickinson and Allie Girtz led the Park Rapids girls tennis team to its first dual-meet victory of the season Tuesday at the Depot Courts.

The Panthers opened Tuesday's quadrangular meet with a 5-2 loss to Pequot Lakes. Dickinson and Girtz won at No. 2 doubles and Lexi Burlingame and Katie Walsh won at No. 3 doubles for the Panthers.

In the second match, the Panthers won three singles matches in straight sets and used a tiebreaker victory at No. 1 doubles to defeat Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 4-3.

Park Rapids ended the day with a 5-2 loss to Crookston. Kading and Alyssa Carlson won at No. 1 doubles while Dickinson and Girtz were victorious at No. 2 doubles for the Panthers.

Park Rapids carried a 1-5 record into Thursday's triangular meet with Mid-State Conference rivals Crosby-Ironton and Detroit Lakes. The Panthers host Wadena-Deer Creek in another conference meet Tuesday.

Pequot Lakes 5, Park Rapids 2

No. 1 singles: Megan Lenz, PL, over Julia Renner 6-2, 6-2.

No. 2 singles: Angela Villella, PL, over Christina Smith 6-0, 6-1.

No. 3 singles: Jasmine Nordby, PL, over Emily Klingenberg 6-3, 6-1.

No. 4 singles: Tricia Villella, PL, over Taylor Wheeler 6-0, 6-0.

No. 1 doubles: Kirstie Harmdierks/Cori Lundmark, PL, over Mary Kading/ Alyssa Carlson 7-6 (7-4), 6-3.

No. 2 doubles: Karly Dickinson/Allie Girtz, PR, over Katelyn Schmidt/ Kaycee Nelson 6-4, 6-4.

No. 3 doubles: Katie Walsh/Lexi Burlingame, PR, over Nicci Hedtke/ Claire Erholtz 6-3, 6-3.

Park Rapids 4, LPGE 3

No. 1 singles: Kimmy Mrozek, LPGE, over Alyssa Carlson 6-2, 6-1.

No. 2 singles: Mary Kading, PR, over Eden Faust 6-4, 6-3.

No. 3 singles: Julia Renner, PR, over Brittany Klemish 6-2, 6-1.

No. 4 singles: Christina Smith, PR, over Alexandra Duncan 6-3, 6-1.

No. 1 doubles: Karly Dickinson/Allie Girtz, PR, over Sarah Holt/Rynae Nelson 6-0, 5-7, 7-2.

No. 2 doubles: Erin Prill/Laura Geisenhoff, LPGE, over Lexi Burlingame/ Katie Walsh 6-1, 6-3.

No. 3 doubles: Abbey Schultz/Sara Roerick, LPGE, over Emily Klingenberg/Taylor Wheeler 6-3, 6-3.

Crookston 5, Park Rapids 2

No. 1 singles: Hayley Myrold, C, over Julia Renner 6-1, 6-2.

No. 2 singles: Sarah Derosier, C, over Christina Smith 6-3, 6-1.

No. 3 singles: Riley Erickson, C, over Emily Klingenberg 6-3, 6-1.

No. 4 singles: Michelle Stahlecker, C, over Taylor Wheeler 6-1, 6-0.

No. 1 doubles: Mary Kading/Alyssa Carlson, PR, over Rachel Lariviere/Jaclyn Proulx 6-4, 6-2.

No. 2 doubles: Karly Dickinson/Allie Girtz, PR, over Lauren Graham/Lilli Denison 6-2, 6-2.

No. 3 doubles: Caitlin Crane/Bailey Morris, C, over Lexi Burlingame/ Katie Walsh 6-2, 6-2.

PR takes 5th at Crookston

Dickinson and Girtz finished second at No. 2 doubles to lead the Panthers to a fifth-place finish at last Saturday's Crookston Booster Tournament.

Smith finished third at No. 2 singles and Kelsey Adolphson finished fourth at No. 4 singles as the Panthers tallied 17 points. Bemidji claimed the team title with 31 points.

Kading and Carlson won the consolation title at No. 1 doubles and Walsh and Burlingame won the consolation title at No. 3 doubles. Renner finished sixth at No. 1 singles and Klingenberg finished seventh at No. 3 singles.

Team scores: Bemidji 31, Hibbing 27, East Grand Forks 20, Thief River Falls 18, Park Rapids 17, Crookston 14, Moorhead 10, Perham 3.