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Sioux Falls Lincoln sweeps Mitchell tennis

The last two years, the Mitchell tennis team has had state championship aspirations. On Monday, the Kernels were once again reminded of the level they need to play at if they're going to make that dream a reality. Two-time defending state champio...

Mitchell's Baley Miller returns a forehand at the net during a high school tennis meet on Monday at Hitchcock Park in Mitchell. (Garrick Hodge/Republic)
Mitchell's Baley Miller returns a forehand at the net during a high school tennis meet on Monday at Hitchcock Park in Mitchell. (Garrick Hodge/Republic)

The last two years, the Mitchell tennis team has had state championship aspirations.

On Monday, the Kernels were once again reminded of the level they need to play at if they're going to make that dream a reality.

Two-time defending state champion Sioux Falls Lincoln lived up to its reputation of being the team to beat in South Dakota, sweeping Mitchell 9-0 at Hitchcock Park in Mitchell.

"The score kind of speaks for itself," Mitchell head coach Pat Moller said.

The beginning of the match gave the Kernels a reason for optimism, as two of their three doubles teams took Lincoln into three sets. Before the matches could finish, rain temporarily stalled the action, forcing both teams to sit for an extended period of time. The No. 1 Lincoln doubles tandem of Kaleb Dobbs and Sam Dobbs eventually bested Mitchell's Alex Hegg and Jacob Dahme 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, while Arjun Choudhry and Aidan Deboer defeated Carter Cavanaugh and Gray Determan 4-6, 6-2, 6-4, at No. 2 doubles.

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"We had all the momentum going into the rain delay," Moller said. "It certainly gave Sioux Falls time to regroup and recompose themselves. But give them credit, they came out ready to play and we didn't. They took it to us after the delay."

In singles play, Jared Suelflow was the only Mitchell player to take a Patriots player to three sets, falling to Graham Leonard 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, at No. 5 singles.

"My message to the team afterward was that we're not quite there yet," Moller said. "We're closer than I think people thought we were going into the season, but we need to get more wins in those three-set matches if we want to accomplish our goals at the end of the season."

Moller said he expects Mitchell (18-2) to have a short memory from the match, considering it plays in a triangular at 1 p.m. today in Brandon.

"We can really learn a lot from this," Moller said. "We came out with a lot of fire and a lot of passion. We can play so well when the guys are focused and their head is right. When that happens, we're tough to beat."

Sioux Falls Lincoln 9, Mitchell 0

Monday at Hitchcock Park in Mitchell

Singles: No. 1: Kaleb Dobbs (SFL) def Alex Hegg (M), 6-3, 6-1; No. 2: Sam Dobbs (SFL) def Jacob Dahme (M), 6-0, 6-0; No. 3: Arjun Choudhry (SFL) def. Gray Determan (M), 6-3, 6-2; No. 4: Aidan Deboer (SFL) def. Carter Cavanaugh (M), 6-0, 6-2; No. 5: Graham Leonard (SFL) def. Jared Suelflow (M), 4-6, 6-3, 6-3; No. 6: Aidan Hartwig (SFL) def. Adam Loes (M), 7-5, 6-4.

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Doubles: No. 1: Dobbs/Dobbs (SFL) def. Hegg/Dahme (M), 6-3, 3-6, 6-3; No. 2: Choudhry/Deboer (SFL) def. Determan/Cavanaugh (M), 4-6, 6-2, 6-4; No. 3: Leonard/Hartwig (SFL) def. Suelflow/Miller (M), 7-5, 6-4.

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