Girls Tennis: Little Falls, Pierz and LPGE/USA previews

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.


LPGE/USA preview

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.