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Mitchell tops Yankton, falls to Sioux Falls Lincoln

Mitchell's Kelsey Dahme hits a return shot during Flight 2 doubles action against Yankton, part of a girls' tennis triangular on Tuesday at the YHS/SAC Tennis Courts. (James Cimburek / Yankton Press & Dakotan)

YANKTON—The Mitchell High School girls tennis team split a pair of matches on Tuesday in Yankton.

Mitchell topped Yankton 7-2, but fell 7-2 to defending state champion Sioux Falls Lincoln. The Kernels' Flight 3 doubles team of Sarah Zimmerman and Madison Bohlen went 2-0 on the day to remain unbeaten on the season.

MHS head coach Pat Moller said he was happy with how his team performed in both matches, adding the team didn't look past a strong Yankton team.

"We came out ready to play and got three good doubles wins right away," Moller said.

In singles, Yankton's Anne Knoff bested Mitchell's Sammy Pooley 10-6 in Flight 1, while Avery Larson (Flight 2), Kelsey Dahme (Flight 3), Ashley Jones (Flight 4) and Zimmerman (Flight 5) each picked up single victores. Kiersten Bathke dropped a 10-7 match to Yankton's Maggie Schaefer.

Against Sioux Falls Lincoln, Bathke was Mitchell's lone singles win, coming back to beat Avery Blackman 2-6, 7-6(6) and 10-4.

"Sioux Falls Lincoln is a just a really good team, but I think our girls didn't feel overmatched in a lot of those matches," Moller said. "We learned some stuff about ourselves and some stuff about Lincoln. If we face them in the state tournament, I think we can go into those matches with a lot of confidence."

Mitchell hosts Spearfish in a dual on Saturday at Hitchcock Park.

Yankton Triangular

Tuesday in Yankton

Mitchell 7, Yankton 2

Singles: Flight 1: Anne Knoff (Y) def. Sammy Pooley (M) 10-6; Flight 2: Avery Larson (M) def. Josie Krajewski (Y) 10-8; Flight 3: Kelsey Dahme (M) def. Olivia Tennant (Y) 10-4; Flight 4: Ashley Jones (M) def. Maddie Binder (Y) 10-5; Flight 5: Sarah Zimmerman (M) def. Peyton Tramp (Y) 10-4; Flight 6: Maggie Schaefer (Y) def. Kiersten Bathke (M) 10-7.

Doubles: Flight 1: Pooley/Larson (M) def. Knoff/Krajewski 10-7; Flight 2: Dahme/Jones (M) def. Tennant/Aurora Papstein (Y) 10-5; Flight 3: Zimmerman/Madison Bohlen (M) def. Binder/Brenna Becker (Y) 10-1.

Sioux Falls Lincoln 7, Mitchell 2

Singles: Flight 1: Meredith Benson (SFL) def. Sammy Pooley (M) 6-1, 6-0; Flight 2: Ava Leonard (SFL) def. Avery Larson (M) 6-2, 6-2; Flight 3: Johana Brower (SFL) def. Kelsey Dahme (M) 6-4, 6-1; Flight 4: Emily Whitney (SFL) def. Ashley Jones (M) 6-4, 6-1; Flight 5: Elle Dobbs (SFL) def. Sarah Zimmerman 6-3, 6-1; Flight 6: Kiersten Bathke (M) def. Avery Blackman (SFL) 2-6, 7-6(6), 10-4.

Doubles: Flight 1: Benson/Leonard (SFL) def. Pooley/Larson (M) 6-2, 6-4; Flight 2: Brower/Whitney (SFL) def. Dahme/Jones (M) 6-3, 6-1; Flight 3: Zimmerman/Madison Bohlen (M) def. Dobbs/Brita Quello (SFL) 6-3, 6-2.