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Mitchell girls' tennis sweeps in home opener

Mitchell remained perfect on the season with a pair of nonconference wins against Rapid City Central and Vermillion on Tuesday in its home-opener at Hitchcock Park.

Mitchell's Avery Larson returns a shot during no. 2 singles action against Rapid City Central in the first match of a Triangular on Tuesday at Hitchcock Park in Mitchell. (Matt Gade/Republic)
Mitchell's Avery Larson returns a shot during no. 2 singles action against Rapid City Central in the first match of a Triangular on Tuesday at Hitchcock Park in Mitchell. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell remained perfect on the season with a pair of nonconference wins against Rapid City Central and Vermillion on Tuesday in its home-opener at Hitchcock Park.

The Kernels swept both matches 9-0, 9-0 and improved to 4-0 this season.

Mitchell coach Pat Moller said he saw significant improvement from Monday's 5-4 win over Harrisburg.

"All-in-all, we still have got a long ways to go," Mitchell coach Pat Moller said, "but we are improving with every match that we play and that is all a coach can ask for."

Moller added that freshman Kelsey Dahme is playing well early in the season. She won the flight number three singles against Rapid City Central's Genesis Reynolds 6-1, 6-2. She also defeated Vermillion's Shinayne Whipple 10-0.

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"Kelsey Dahme at flight three is really playing at a high level in both singles and doubles," Moller said. "As a freshman, she shows the maturity out there. It is pretty rare for a girl as young as she is and the rest of the team sees it, too. She is really turning into a leader."

The Kernels will play in the Brookings Jamboree at 9 a.m. on Saturday in Brookings. Mitchell will face two Eastern South Dakota Conference foes-Brookings and Watertown-at the jamboree.

"It is pretty easy to get geared up for those ESD foes," Moller said. "We will certainly be preparing for that in the next three days of practice."

Mitchell 9, Rapid City Central 0

Singles: No. 1: Sammy Pooley (M) def. Marianna Robidoux (RCC), 6-2, 6-1; No. 2: Avery Larson (M) def. Karen Ly (RCC), 6-0, 6-0; No. 3: Kelsey Dahme (M) def. Genesis Reynolds (RCC), 6-1, 6-2; No. 4: Ashley Jones (M) def. Anna Lightenberg (RCC), 6-0, 6-0; No. 5: Madison Bohlen (M) def. McKenzey Crowley (RCC), 6-0, 6-3; No. 6: Sarah Zimmerman (M) def. Danielle Mitchell (RCC), 6-0, 6-0.

Doubles: No. 1: Pooley/Larson (M) def. Robidoux/Ly (RCC), 7-6 (3); 6-3; No. 2: Kelsey Dahme (M) def. Reynolds/Crowley (RCC), 7-5, 6-2; No. 3: Jones/Zimmerman (M) def. Mitchell/Lightenberg (RCC), 6-4, 6-1.

Mitchell 9, Vermillion 0

Singles: No. 1: Pooley (M) def. Brandi Styles (V), 10-2; No. 2: Larson (M) def. Libby Sykes (V), 10-1; No. 3: Dahme (M) def. Shinayne Whipple (V), 10-0; No. 4: Jones (M) def. Jane Struckman (V), 10-0; No. 5: Bohlen (M) def. Emma Dulhoff (V), 10-1; No. 6: Zimmerman (M) def. Katrina Heles (V), 10-0.

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Doubles: No. 1: Pooley/Larson (M) def. Styles/Sykes (V), 10-1; No. 2: Dahme/Smith (M) def. Whipple/Struckman (V), 10-2; Jones/Bohlen (M) def. Dulhoff/Heles (V), 10-3.

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