Mitchell battles heat, injuries in triangular losses


SIOUX FALLS -- Mitchell High School played some stiff competition at the Rapid City Invitational last weekend, but on Thursday, it squared off with two of the top girls tennis teams in the state.

The Kernels not only battled Watertown and Sioux Falls O’Gorman in a triangular at McKennan Park, but a sweltering heat that led to a few injuries and a pair of losses.

Watertown was able to pick up a 9-1 win over Mitchell in the first dual, despite some close matches, and then the heat caught up with the Kernels in a 7-2 loss to a well-rested O’Gorman team.

“When it’s 90-plus degrees outside, it’s 10 degrees warmer on the court and that really affected our girls,” MHS head coach Pat Moller said. “... We played in the two hottest matches of the day back-to-back and that really had an effect on us.”

Ashley Jones scored the lone win against Watertown, picking up a 6-1, 7-5 win over Allison Rokusek at No. 6 singles.


Olivia Huber was suffering from tendinitis that flared up during a No. 2 doubles match with partner Amber Moller that went to a match tiebreak, before Watertown’s Sadie Moran and Jaida Young prevailed, 3-6, 7-6(5), 11-9.

Allison Mastel stepped into her spot at No. 3 singles for the remainder of the day and immediately took Ellie Zink to a match tiebreak, before falling 7-6(4), 2-6, 10-8.

Kelsey Dahme and Megan Fannin endured a match at No. 1 singles that lasted more than three hours and ended with Fannin winning, 7-5, 7-5. Shortly into her match against O’Gorman, Dahme began to suffer from leg cramps and was pulled from competition, resulting in a default at No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles.

Atlanta Stahle had the lone win for Mitchell (7-3) in singles play against O’Gorman, picking up a 7-6(1), 0-6, 10-4 win over Rima Jamous at No. 2 singles. Jones also suffered her first singles loss of the season in the match, falling to Sydney Breit, 6-4, 6-4.

Mastel and Moller recorded a win at No. 2 doubles, defeating Ella Barnard and Maya Jamous, 6-1, 1-6, 10-4.

“Hats off to (Mastel) for stepping in to play that high of a level of tennis,” Moller said. “Really good chance to show what she had and she took advantage and played really well.”

Mitchell is back in action in a triangular against Pierre and Yankton, beginning at 11 a.m. today at Hitchcock Park.

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