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Kernels split with Watertown, Brookings at jamboree

BROOKINGS -- Mitchell Flight 4 singles player Sammy Pooley won all of her singles matches Saturday at the Brookings Jamboree.

The Kernel girls' tennis team (3-1) defeated Brookings 6-3 and fell to Watertown 8-1.

Pooley only allowed each singles opponent to earn one game apiece in her matches. She defeated Watertown's Abbey Cerny 8-1 and Brookings' Brenna Langland 8-1. Pooley was the only player to get a victory over the Arrows and win both singles matches for Mitchell.

"(Pooley) is coming along as a tennis player and definitely has all the shots," Mitchell coach Pat Moller said. "She has had a good start to the season, so hopefully she keeps on improving as we go."

No. 1 singles player Grace Grabenstein and No. 6 Kendra Hanks also earned singles wins against Brookings.

"(Grabenstein) played awfully well against the Watertown girl and bounced back to beat a more experienced No. 1 for Brookings," Moller said. "She played really well and took the lead at the beginning and winning that was a big match for her."

All three Mitchell doubles teams defeated the Bobcats for the match win, and Moller said he was pleased with the improvements he saw from his team's doubles performances from the first match last week.

The Kernels hosts Pierre and Yankton in an Eastern South Dakota Conference triangular at 12:30 p.m. Friday at Hitchcock Park in Mitchell.

Mitchell 6, Brookings 3

SINGLES: No. 1 Grace Grabenstein (M) def. Lydia Lucchesi 8-5; No. 2 Yixuan He (B) def. Halle Larson 8-3; No. 3 — Emma Lucchesi (B) def. Haley Smith 8-5; No. 4 Sammy Pooley (M) def. Brenna Langland 8-1; No. 5 Beth Hildebrandt (B) def. Allison Buckley 8-1; No. 6 Kendra Hanks (M) def. Tayler Logue 8-2.

DOUBLES: No. 1 Grabenstein/Larson (M) def. Lucchesi/Lucchesi 8-3; No. 2 Smith/Buckley (M) def. He/Langland, 8-6; No. 3 Hanks/Pooley (M) def. Hildebrandt/Logue 8-3. JV: Tatum Dean/Jaeden Lizakowski, M, def. Hannah Eng/Megan Whaley, 9-7.

Watertown 8, Mitchell 1

SINGLES: No. 1 Emma Kays (W) def. Grabenstein 8-4; No. 2 Rachel Kjetland (W) def. Larson 8-1; No. 3 Allie VanderWeide (W) def. Haley Smith 8-5; No. 4 Pooley (M) def. Abbey Cerny 8-1; No. 5 Alli Cummings (W) def. Buckley 8-1; No. 6 Abbey Rieber (W) def. Hanks 8-6. DOUBLES: No. 1 Kays/Kjetland (W) def. Grabenstein/Larson (8-3); No. 2 VanderWeide/Cerny (W) def. Smith/Buckley 8-4; No. 3 Cummings/Rieber (W) def. Pooley/Hanks. JV: Dean/Lizakowski (M) def. Molly Hirsch/Abby Kays 8-6.