By PATRICK SLACK
The Pierz and Little Falls girls tennis teams kicked off the 2012-2013 high school sports season at a tri meet with Pequot Lakes in Pierz, Friday.
Pequot Lakes upended both the Pioneers and the Flyers while dropping only one match, while Pierz topped Little Falls 5-2 to also pick up its first win.
Against the Flyers, Pierz utilized victories in three of four singles matches and a pair of narrow doubles wins to prevail.
Senior Tarynn Kasper battled back after dropping the first set at No. 1 singles to pull out a 2-6, 6-0, 7-2 win.
Seniors Abby Bujalski and Sara Schlegel cruised in the next two singles slots, combining to drop only four games in a pair of straight-set wins.
In doubles action, seniors Morgan Waytashek and Becca Froelich earned a 7-5, 7-5 win at No. 1 singles for the Pioneers, while sophomores Shelbie Boser and Kelsey Moulzolf prevailed 6-4, 6-4 at No. 3 doubles.
Junior Jessica Durfee bounced back after dropping the first set to win 5-7, 7-5, 7-4 at No. 4 singles for Little Falls and the second doubles team of senior Alyssa Athman and sophomore Katelynn Kanieski won 6-2, 7-5.
Little Falls junior Jamie Jenks won her match 6-2, 7-5 at No. 1 singles to hand Pequot Lakes its only individual loss on the day.
Pierz 5, Little Falls 2
1. Tarynn Kasper (Pierz) 2-6, 6-0, 7-2.
2. Abby Bujalski (Pierz) 6-3, 6-0.
3. Sara Schlegel (Pierz) 6-1, 6-0.
4. Jessica Durfee (Little Falls) 5-7, 7-5, 7-4.
1. Morgan Waytashek/Becca Froelich (Pierz) 7-5, 7-5.
2. Katelynn Kanieski/Alyssa Athman (Little Falls) 6-2, 7-5.
3. Shelbie Boser/Kelsey Moulzolf (Pierz) 6-4, 6-4.
Pequot Lakes 6, Little Falls 1
1. Jamie Jenks (Little Falls), 7-5, 6-2.