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Mitchell girls tennis team begins with two wins

The Mitchell High School girls tennis team opened its season with two sweeps Tuesday.

The Kernels (2-0) defeated Rapid City Central 9-0 and Vermillion 9-0 at Hitchcock Park in Mitchell.

"We couldn't have drawn it up much better," Mitchell coach Pat Moller said. "It's good when you see some things you need to work on but you can come away with two 9-0 victories. I was proud of the way the girls came out and competed."

Moller said he was happy with the progress his team made from its first match to its second.

"I think our doubles play got better as the day progressed and that's going to be a focus for us all season," Moller said. "I really saw improvement.

"I think this team's going to surprise some people throughout the year. If we can work hard to improve on some of those things, I think we'll see some success."

Kaihlen Smith filled in for Mitchell's No. 2 singles player Halle Larson, who was sick.

"Being in that seventh position, you play as a super sub," Moller said of Smith. "She was nervous starting out in her first varsity match and those nerves showed at first. She was down and came back to win. She battled hard throughout that match and he confidence grew with it."

Mitchell (2-0) plays in the Brookings Jamboree against Watertown and Brookings, beginning at 9 a.m.

Mitchell 9, Rapid City Central 0

Singles: No. 1 Sammy Pooley (M) def. Haley Franke 10-3; No. 2 Kaihlen Smith (M) def. Skye Hurley 10-8; No. 3 Haley Smith (M) def. Marianna Robidoux 10-6; No. 4 Avery Larson (M) def. Hope Dosch 10-2; No. 5 Allison Buckley (M) def. Hallie Downs 10-0; No. 6 Kendra Hanks (M) def. Maghan Diaz 11-9. JV: Becca Sadler (M) def. Genesis Reynolds 10-6; Sydney Zimmerman (M) def. Emily Toms 10-3; Kelsey Dahme (M) def. Emily Toms 8-2; Marissa Moller (M) def. Genesis Reynolds 8-5.

Doubles: No. 1 Pooley/Smith (M) def. Franke/Hurley 10-4; No. 2 Larson/Buckley (M) def. Robidoux/Dosch 10-5; Hanks/Smith (M) def. Downs/Diaz 10-5. JV: Sadler/Zimmerman (M) def. Reynolds/Toms 8-4; Dahme/Moller (M) def. Reynolds/Toms 8-4.

Mitchell 9, Vermillion 0

Singles: No. 1 Pooley (M) def. Abby Weiss 10-2; No. 2 Smith (M) def. Alex Rosdail 10-2; No. 3 Smith (M) def. Brandi Styles 10-1; No. 4 Larson (M) def. Shinayne Whipple by forfeit; No. 5 Buckley (M) def. Jane N. Struckman 10-0; No. 6 Hanks (M) def. Natalie Kauffman 10-0.

Doubles: No. 1 Pooley/Smith (M) def. Dani Peterson/Ashlynn Bickett by forfeit; No. 2 Larson/Buckley (M) def. Rosdail/Styles 10-1; No. 3 Hanks/Smith (M) def. Struckman/Kauffman 10-0.