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MHS tennis team sweeps St. Thomas Moore

The start of the season has been kind to the Mitchell High School tennis team. The Kernels swept St. Thomas More 9-0 on Friday in the team's home opener at Hitchcock Park in Mitchell. "It was a good day. We had tough conditions out there," Mitche...

Mitchell's Baley Miller returns a shot at the net during his No. 3 doubles match against St. Thomas More Friday at Hitchcock Park. Miller and Jared Suelflow won in straight sets. (Marcus Traxler/Republic)
Mitchell's Baley Miller returns a shot at the net during his No. 3 doubles match against St. Thomas More Friday at Hitchcock Park. Miller and Jared Suelflow won in straight sets. (Marcus Traxler/Republic)

The start of the season has been kind to the Mitchell High School tennis team.

The Kernels swept St. Thomas More 9-0 on Friday in the team's home opener at Hitchcock Park in Mitchell.

"It was a good day. We had tough conditions out there," Mitchell head coach Pat Moller said. "We had a really good match from St. Thomas More, they're improved from last year. The match was closer than the score made it look."

Eight of the nine matches were decided in straight sets, except at No. 4 singles. Mitchell's Carter Cavanaugh defeated Max Vetch in a three-set thriller 4-6, 6-1, 6-1. No. 5 singles player Jared Suelflow stook out, blanking Ben Freeman 6-0, 6-0.

"Jared has come such a long way," Moller said. "He's been an unexpected surprise and was a leader in doubles for us again today, too. I told him to make one minor adjustment, and he just dominated. If he continues to improve and play the way he's been playing, he's going to have a great season."

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Mitchell is 3-0 on the season and faces Sioux Falls O'Gorman at 4 p.m. on Tuesday in Sioux Falls.

Mitchell 9, St. Thomas More 0

Friday at Hitchcock Park in Mitchell

Singles:

No. 1: Alex Hegg (M) 6-0, 7-5 over Chase Thurness (STM); No. 2: Jacob Dahme (M) 6-3, 6-1 over Nick Lust (STM); No. 3: Gray Determan (M) 6-2, 6-1 over Will Raymond (STM); No. 4: Carter Cavanaugh (M) 4-6, 6-1, 6-1 over Max Vetch (STM); No. 5: Jared Suelflow (M) 6-0, 6-0 over Ben Freeman (STM); No. 6: Adam Loes (M) 6-4, 6-0 over Jake Berzina (STM)

Doubles:

No. 1: Hegg and Dahme (M) 6-3, 6-3 over Thurness and Lust (STM); No. 2: Determan and Cavanaugh (M) 6-2, 7-6 (11) over Vetch and Raymond (STM); No. 3: Suelflow and Baley Miller (M) 7-6 (5), 6-0 over Berzina and Freeman (M)

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