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Mitchell tennis falls to Sioux Falls Lincoln 8-1

SIOUX FALLS -- The Mitchell High School boys' tennis team fell 8-1 to Sioux Falls Lincoln Monday. Mitchell was swept in singles and picked up one win in doubles. The No. 3 doubles team of Beau Brown and Brenden Lehr picked up Mitchell's sole win,...

SIOUX FALLS -- The Mitchell High School boys' tennis team fell 8-1 to Sioux Falls Lincoln Monday.

Mitchell was swept in singles and picked up one win in doubles.

The No. 3 doubles team of Beau Brown and Brenden Lehr picked up Mitchell's sole win, beating out Sioux Falls Lincoln's Dan Shultz and Doni Patel 6-4, 4-6, 7-6, 7-5.

Despite the loss, tennis coach Pat Moller said he was extremely pleased with the way his team played.

"Overall as a team, I was happier with our team losing 8-1 than I was when we played Sioux Falls Roosevelt and won 7-2," Moller said.

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"Lincoln's got a great program. They're one of the better teams and they're where we want to be ... We're continuing to make progress in singles and in doubles."

Moller thought No. 4 singles player Kanin Nelson played well, despite the 6-7, 7-5, 7-5, 6-4 loss to Lincoln's Austin Noldner.

"Kanin Nelson played his heart out," Moller said. "He played the best tennis I've seen him play all year. I thought he was going to win all three sets, but his opponent really battled back."

The Kernels look to bounce back quickly after the loss, as they are set to take on Yankton and Brandon Valley, two of their biggest Eastern South Dakota Conference competitors, at 1 p.m. today in Yankton.

Moller said the team needs to perform well if it wants to have a good seed going into the ESD Conference tournament on Saturday.

"Win or lose, a lot of times it's just how we handle ourselves and how we control our emotions on the court," Moller said.

"(Monday's) score doesn't reflect how they played and I'm pleased with the effort, attitude and approach the guys took. It's a great match to build off of. If we can play as well as we did (Monday), we will play well (today)," he said.

Singles

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No. 1, Jared Hofer (SFL) def. Jacob Cercosimo 6-1, 6-2; No. 2, Jonah Snyder (SFL) def. Beau Brown 6-0,7-5; No. 3, Kaleb Dobbs (SFL) def. Taylor Moore 6-2,6-2; No.4 Austin Noldner (SFL) def. Kanin Nelson 6-7, 7-5, 7-5, 6-4; No. 5, Dan Shultz (SFL) def. Tate Crago 6-2, 6-3; No. 6 Preet Patle (SFL) def. Alex Hegg 6-4, 6-4.

Doubles

No. 1 Hofer and Snyder (SFL) def. Cersosimo and Moore 6-0, 6-2; No. 2 Dobbs and Noldner (SFL) def. Nelson and Hegg 6-0, 6-2; No. 3 Brown and Lehr (M) def. Shultz & Patel 6-4, 4-6, 7-6, 7-5.

Junior Varsity

Singles

Heflin (SFL) def. Brenden Lehr 6-3, 6-1; Nathan Dalton (SFL) def. Gray Determan 6-2, 6-3; Dylan Cutler (SFL) def. Ryan Solberg 6-1, 6-1; Ben Visser (SFL) def. London Pooley 6-0, 6-3; Tommy Jensen (SFL) def. Ross Yeo 6-0, 6-3; Matt Christopherson (SFL) def. Koln Thie 6-0, 6-0; Matt Christopherson (SFL) def. Regan Brands 6-0, 6-0; Tommy Jensen (SFL) def. Cooper Voigt 6-1, 6-0.

Doubles

Heflin and Dalton (SFL) def. Crago and Determan 6-4, 6-4; Visser and Cutler (SFL) def. Solberg and Pooley 4-6, 6-3, 10-5; Visser and Patel (SFL) def. Yeo and Thie 6-3, 1-6, 10-6; Christopherson and Jensen (SFL) def. Brands and Voigt 6-0; 6-1.

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