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Mitchell High School girls tennis team improves to 3-0 with ESD win over Brookings

The Mitchell High School girls tennis team remained perfect on the early season Monday.

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The Mitchell High School girls tennis team remained perfect on the early season Monday.

The Kernels cruised to a 9-0 Eastern South Dakota Conference win over Brookings at Hitchcock Park to improve to 3-0 on the season. On Monday, Mitchell won all its matches in two sets against the Bobcats.

“We were playing an ESD foe and we moved up a little bit as far as seeding positions for that ESD tournament at the end of the year, which we always kind of have our eyes on,” Mitchell coach Pat Moller said. “But our girls were probably favored and expected to win the matches that they played and I am just happy with the way they went out and never took anything for granted and went out and played hard.”

In singles action, Atlanta Stahle, Olivia Huber, Amber Moller, Julia Platt, Sydney Reynolds and Megan Mastel all won matches in straight sets. In doubles action, Stahle and Huber teamed up to win No. 1, while Moller and Reynolds won the No. 2 doubles match. In Flight No. 3 action, Mastel and Delaney Degen won their match in straight sets.

Coach Moller praised the Kernels for living up to the early-season expectations and cruising to the win against the Bobcats.

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“When you have a team with a lot of high expectations, they will get caught playing down to the level of their opponents,” Moller said. “I didn’t think we did that. We went out there in a professional manner and took our opponents seriously and played hard and the scores reflect that.”

Up next, the Kernels play at Harrisburg on Thursday. Moller said it will be Mitchell’s first big test of the season.

“We are going to have to be ready for that one,” Moller said. “We are going to start gearing our practices tomorrow and Wednesday to get ready for those matchups. It should be a fun match with a lot of intensity that has a lot of meaning for both teams.”

Mitchell 9, Brookings 0

Singles: No. 1: Atlanta Stahle (M) def. Tristina Tung (B), 6-0, 6-1; No. 2: Olivia Huber (M) def. Paige Foster (B), 6-0, 6-0; No. 3: Amber Moller (M) def. Brea Tonsager (B), 6-1, 6-2; No. 4: Julia Platt (M) def. Heather Rudd (B), 6-0, 6-0; No. 5: Sydney Reynolds (M) def. Hannah Okerman (B), 6-0, 6-2; No. 6: Megan Mastel (M) def. Elle Schulte-Coplan (B), 6-0, 6-1.

Doubles: No. 1: Stahle/Huber def. Ting/Foster (B), 6-0, 6-2; No. 2: Moller/Reynolds (M) def. Tonsager/Rudd (B), 6-1, 6-1; No. 3: Mastel/Delaney Degan (M) def. Okerman/Coplan (B), 6-0, 6-2.

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