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Mitchell tennis drops a pair in triangular

WATERTOWN—Three of the top five tennis teams in the South Dakota Tennis Coaches Association polls convened for a triangular as Mitchell High School played Sioux Falls O'Gorman and Watertown on Thursday.

The No. 5 Kernels entered the day with just one loss, but inexperience of the team was visible in 6-3 losses to both squads in dual meets.

"We're just a little younger than both of those teams in certain flights," MHS head coach Pat Moller said.

All three of Mitchell's wins against top-ranked Sioux Falls O'Gorman came in singles competition and each went to three sets after losing the first of the match. Kiersten Bathke topped Maya Jamous at No. 3 singles winning the final two sets 6-4 and 10-6 after losing 6-1 in the first. Atlanta Stahle capped off her No. 5 singles win with a marathon third set that saw her prevail, 18-16. Olivia Huber wrapped things up with a 2-6, 6-2, 10-5 win at No. 6 singles.

"Olivia Huber has one loss this year and she beat the girl that she lost to" Moller said. "She has beaten every player she's faced this year. She's having just a fantastic year."

Mitchell started its dual well against Eastern South Dakota Conference foe and No. 4 Watertown, winning two out of three doubles play, but lost five out of six in singles competition. Huber was the lone winner in singles, beating Sadie Moran, 7-6 and 7-5.

In No. 1 doubles, Avery Larson and Kelsey Dahme beat Watertown's Megan Fannin and Abbi Cummings, 6-4, 6-4. At No. 2 doubles, Madison Bohlen and Bathke came back after losing the first set to earn the win, 2-6, 6-3, 12-10.

"We take a lot of pride in our doubles and Watertown takes a lot of pride in their singles," Moller said. "...Watertown has a keep-it-in-play style game and that doesn't always play in doubles and that show (Thursday), but they sure are good at what they do."

Mitchell (5-3, 2-1 ESD) hosts Pierre and Yankton today in a triangular at Hitchcock Park.