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Panthers win first matches at state tennis tournament

Park Rapids' senior Natalie Kinkel won her first singles match while senior Kendra Coborn and freshman Abby Morris won their first doubles match at the state Class A girls tennis tournament Thursday morning at the Reed Sweatt Family Tennis Center...

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Park Rapids' Kendra Coborn (from left), Natalie Kinkel and Abby Morris opened the state Class A girls tennis tournament with wins Thursday morning before being eliminated in the quarterfinals Thursday afternoon.

Park Rapids' senior Natalie Kinkel won her first singles match while senior Kendra Coborn and freshman Abby Morris won their first doubles match at the state Class A girls tennis tournament Thursday morning at the Reed Sweatt Family Tennis Center in Minneapolis.

Kinkel (who won the Section 8A singles title to advance to her second straight state tournament) opened with a 6-4, 6-0 victory over Blue Earth Area sophomore Tea Armstrong while Coborn and Morris (who won the Section 8A doubles title to advance to their first state tournament) opened with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Belle Plaine seniors Kiersten Skelley and Siri Kuhn.

In Thursday afteroon's quarterfinals, Kinkel was eliminated with a 6-0, 6-0 loss to Blake junior Arlina Shen, who entered as the No. 1 seed. Coborn and Morris were also eliminated Thursday afternoon with a 6-0, 6-0 quarterfinal loss to the Litchfield duo of senior Shanna Kinney and sophomore Avery Stillwell. Kinney and Stillwell entered as the No. 2 seed.

 

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