For the Minot High girls tennis team, it was nothing more than a West Region primer.
The Majettes' season opener against Williston on Thursday at Cameron Indoor Tennis Center bounded the line of an exhibition match, with the result having no bearing in the region standings.
Williston had a contrasting approach, though.
Minot High junior Kendra Collins returns a volley during a match against Williston on Thursday at Cameron Indoor Tennis Center.
The Coyotes won three of their four singles matches to edge Minot 4-3 in a match the visitors hope to use as a springboard.
"Minot is a good team, and they're going to be (in the hunt) at the end of the season," Williston coach Wade Stueve said. "We needed an early win. Beating a team like Minot is a huge confidence booster for us."
The two clubs meet again at the same venue May 6 in a contest that will count.
Minot standout Ban Dodin started off the day besting Kayla Barke 6-1, 6-0 in the No. 1 singles match, but the Coyotes atoned for the early fall.
Williston won the next three singles matches as Keely Klevin, Keyenna Enget and Kallyn Barstad triumphed.
Barstad and Emily Beck went the distance in a taut 6-2, 5-7, 7-6 decision in what was dubbed the match of the day.
"That was a good match. It basically decided the match, right there," Minot coach Scott DeLorme said. "Both girls are very similiar."
Megan Sherven and Jenna Coggins teamed up to beat Kayla Buck and Molly Haggenson in a No. 1 doubles match before the the Majettes and Coyotes split the next two.
Dodin, who helped Minot place second in the region last season, was happy with the day despite the team loss.
"Our doubles teams had some great matches," said Dodin, a junior. "It was nice to actually get to play, considering all the cancellations."
Minot plays host to Dickinson today at 4 p.m.