Little Falls flashed its strength in singles early on as it swept through the four solo matches in a 5-2 win in a season-opening tri over host Pierz, Aug. 15.
Sophomore Arielle Emerson earned a straight-set 6-3, 6-4 win at No. 1 singles, while sophomore Angela Meschke persevered 4-6, 7-6 (4), 7-2 in a three-setter at No. 2 singles.
Seniors Katelynn Kanieski and Mikayla Gottwalt, often teamed up in doubles play a year ago, earned straight-set wins in No. 3 and No. 4 singles, respectively.
The Flyers also picked up one victory in doubles competition, with senior Rachel Reis and freshman Grace Schulte combining for a 6-2, 2-6, 7-2 win at No. 2 doubles.
Pierz had a pair of 6-2, 6-1 winners, including seniors Shelbie Boser and Kelsey Moulzolf at No. 1 doubles and sophomores Tori Fleischhacker and Magen Langer at No. 3 doubles.
In the other portion of the tri, Pequot Lakes defeated Little Falls 6-1 and Pierz 5-2.
Kanieski earned the lone win for Little Falls, outlasting her foe 6-4, 2-6, 8-6.
Pierz was led by wins from Boser and Moulzolf at No. 1 doubles (6-0, 6-3) and seniors Beth Oldakowski and Alysia Przybilla at No. 2 doubles (4-6, 7-5, 7-2).
The Flyers hope to continue to use their experience in singles throughout the fall, while the Pioneers have an experienced doubles contingent as they test out young singles players.
Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Upsala-Swanville Area (LPGE/USA) displayed a balanced effort as it opened the season at Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa, Aug. 15, dropping a narrow 4-3 match-up with the Jaguars.
Senior Amanda Tschida and sophomore Allison Guggleberger won 7-6 (8), 6-4 at No. 1 doubles for the Thunder, who also fell 7-0 at Minnewaska, Tuesday.