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Depth sends Kernel tennis to sweep

Mitchell's Max Tupper hits a backhand volley for a point during his match against Brookings' Dawson Peters on Tuesday at the Hillcrest Tennis Courts in Brookings. (Troy Maroney/The Register)

BROOKINGS—The Mitchell High School boys tennis team traveled to Brookings on Tuesday for a triangular and came away with a pair of wins to remain unblemished on the season.

The Kernels toppled Eastern South Dakota Conference foe Brookings, 7-2, in the first dual and then scored an 8-1 win over Aberdeen Roncalli in the second. In beating the Bobcats, Mitchell improved to 3-0 in ESD action, as the team is already looking to prepare for the conference tournament.

"It's the third one we've played and we've come out on top in all three and that's a big team as we get ready for the end of the year," MHS head coach Pat Moller said. "We've got five more to go, but it's nice to be 3-0."

Mitchell (8-0, 3-0) was able to use its depth to come away with wins in both duals, as the Kernels swept Flights 4, 5 and 6 in singles play and were able to capture all six doubles matches on the day.

Macon Larson (Flight 4), Ben Helleloid (Flight 5) and Tyler Loecker (Flight 6) all won both of their matches in straight sets, while Kade Clark and Ryan Bergeson won by injury default against Brookings in Flight 1 doubles and then scored a 6-4, 7-5 win over Roncalli's Joseph Goetz and Spencer Titus.

Max Tupper and Kaden Jerke earned a straight set win in No. 2 doubles against Brookings, while Jerke teamed with Jace Grosdidier to pick up another win against Roncalli. Larson and Helleloid won both No. 3 doubles matches in straight sets.

"We have a little more depth than some of the teams in the state and that showed," Moller said. "... You look over your shoulder and they're just rolling. We're able to focus on the top of our lineup because those three are taking care of business."

Clark dropped a pair of hard-fought matches at No. 1 singles, while Bergeson won by injury default against Brookings at No. 2 singles and then picked up a 6-3, 6-1 win over Roncalli's Titus. Tupper split a pair of three-set matches at No. 3 singles.

Mitchell is slated to face Sioux Falls O'Gorman in a dual on Friday at Hitchcock Park.

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