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Doubles dominate as Panthers defeat pair of conference rivals

Christina Smith put away a volley during a No. 1 doubles match against Detroit Lakes Thursday at the Depot Courts.1 / 2
Julia Renner returned a shot during a No. 1 doubles match against Detroit Lakes Thursday at the Depot Courts.2 / 2

Park Rapids' doubles teams didn't drop a set in leading the Panthers to a pair of Mid-State Conference girls tennis victories Thursday at the Depot Courts.

The Panthers used a sweep in doubles and three singles wins to defeat Detroit Lakes 6-1 in the first match while a sweep in doubles and a win at No. 2 singles led to a 4-0 win over Crosby-Ironton. A brief rainstorm postponed play, but since the match was already decided, the Rangers decided to leave instead of waiting for the courts to dry.

Against Detroit Lakes, Charity Ridlon prevailed in three sets at No. 1 singles while Julia Smith (at No. 2 singles) and Lydia Schaum (at No. 4 singles) coasted to easy wins. Christina Smith and Julia Renner (at No. 1 doubles), Sarena Kinkel and Lindsey Girtz (at No. 2 doubles), and Jeni Simpson and Jill Simpson (at No. 3 doubles) cruised to straight-set wins.

In the win over C-I, Julia Smith didn't drop a game at No. 2 singles while Christina Smith and Renner, Girtz and Kinkel, and the Simpsons posted straight-set wins in doubles. Ridlon led 4-1 in the first set at No. 1 singles, Hope Johnson led 6-1, 4-1 at No. 3 singles, and Schaum led 6-2, 5-2 at No. 4 singles when the Rangers elected not to finish those matches.

The two wins lifted Park Rapids to 2-1 in Mid-State matches and 5-3 in dual meets this season.

Park Rapids 6, Detroit Lakes 1

No. 1 singles: Charity Ridlon, PR, over Katie Anderson 7-6 (7-4), 1-6, 6-3.

No. 2 singles: Julia Smith, PR, over India Fritz 6-1, 6-1.

No. 3 singles: Dani Unruh, DL, over Hope Johnson 7-5, 6-2.

No. 4 singles: Lydia Schaum, PR, over Emma Maguire 6-2, 6-1.

No. 1 doubles: Christina Smith/Julia Renner, PR, over Whitney Benscoter/Shantel Kluenenberg 6-1, 6-0.

No. 2 doubles: Sarena Kinkel/Lindsey Girtz, PR, over Kathryn Kinney/Liz Steger 6-0,6-2.

No. 3 doubles: Jeni Simpson/Jill Simpson, PR, over Sydney Fritz/Maddie Ring 6-2, 6-1.

Park Rapids 4, Crosby-Ironton 0

No. 1 singles: Charity Ridlon, PR, led Gabrielle Hudrlik 4-1.

No. 2 singles: Julia Smith, PR, over Mariah Oren 6-0, 6-0.

No. 3 singles: Hope Johnson, PR, led Abby Gindorff 6-1, 4-1.

No. 4 singles: Lydia Schaum, PR, led Cari Watson 6-2, 5-2.

No. 1 doubles: Julia Renner/Christina Smith, PR, over Shannon Lundgren/Meredith Silgen 6-0, 6-2.

No. 2 doubles: Lindsey Girtz/Sarena Kinkel, PR, over Vanessa Hudrlik/Karrina Myher 6-1, 6-2.

No. 3 doubles: Jill Simpson/Jeni Simpson, PR, over Mandy Lambert/Rachel Norwood 6-1, 7-5.