MINNEAPOLIS — The Litchfield girls tennis team won its opening-round matchup of the Class A state tournament 4-3 against Pine City on Tuesday afternoon at the Reed-Sweatt Family Tennis Center.

With all three doubles matches going to three sets, Litchfield got wins from their No. 2 and No. 3 pairs.

At No. 2 doubles, Litchfield senior Taylor Draeger and sophomore Olivia Olson held off Claire Emmons and Brenna Youngbauer 7-6, 2-6, 6-2. Then at No. 3, the junior duo of Kaitlyn Palmer and Sophie Stilwell came back from a first-set loss to beat Malia Mikyska and Rhaya Merrick 5-7, 6-0, 6-2.

It was Litchfield's younger players that helped split singles play. At No. 3, freshman Karlee Prahl defeated Brooke Boland 6-2, 6-3. Then at No. 4, seventh-grader Isla Dille won in three sets against Lena Roubinek 6-3, 3-6, 6-2.

Coming into the match, Pine City was ranked third in Class A while Litchfield was fourth.

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Litchfield will face Providence Academy at 10 a.m. Wednesday back at the Reed-Sweatt Family Tennis Center. Providence Academy beat Crookston 5-2. In other quarterfinal matches, Fairmont beat Morris/Chokio-Alberta 7-0 and Breck defeated Rochester Lourdes 5-2. Fairmont and Breck play in Wednesday's other semifinal.

In other Class A play:

  • Fairmont defeated Morris/Chokio-Alberta/West Central Area 7-0 in the opening match.
  • Breck beat Rochester Lourdes 5-2. Breck is the top-rated team in Class A while Rochester Lourdes is second.

Litchfield 4,

Pine City 3

(1) Ella Sell, PC, def Ryanna Steinhaus 6-0, 6-2 … (2) Addison Sell, PC, def Kylie Michels 6-4, 3-6, 10-5 … (3) Karlee Prahl, L, def Brooke Boland 6-2, 6-3 … (4) Isla Dille, L, def Lena Roubinek 6-3, 3-6, 6-2
(1) Madisen Berglund/Allison Unverzagt, PC, def Britney Prahl/Lauren Erickson 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 … (2) Taylor Draeger/Olivia Olson, L, def Claire Emmons/Brenna Youngbauer 7-6, 2-6, 6-2 … (3) Kaitlyn Palmer/Sophie Stilwell, L, def Malia Mikyska/Rhaya Merrick 5-7, 6-0, 6-2