HURON -- Despite high winds and only a week of practice, the Mitchell High School girls tennis team came out firing to start the season. It swept the Huron triangular, defeating Aberdeen Roncalli, 5-4, then taking down the host, 9-0.
“With only a week of practice before the match, our doubles team hasn’t really had a chance to play together yet,” Mitchell coach Pat Moller said. “So to play one of the better teams (Aberdeen Roncalli) and come away with a win, despite not being as prepared as we’d like to be, I would say that’s a pretty big positive for our team.”
The Kernels needed time to adjust to the wind as it dropped numerous first sets against the Cavaliers, who return their entire lineup from a year ago.
By the end, Kelsey Dahme (Flight No. 1), Olivia Huber (Flight No. 3) and Ashley Jones (Flight No. 6) all notched wins in singles play. Dahme/Atlanta Stahle (Flight No. 1) and Kiersten Bathke/Jones (Flight No. 3) both notched wins in doubles play, too.
“If we played Huron first and then played Roncalli, we could have started out a little faster,” Moller said. “The wind really took us off guard and took us a little bit of time to get used to.”
Mitchell didn’t start slow against Huron, though, with all but one player winning 6-1 in the opening set. It didn’t drop a set the entire match as Dahme defeated Kayla Harvey 6-1, 6-1, then teamed up with Stahle to take down Harvey/Audrey Rubish, 6-2, 6-1.
“Kelsey’s going to be a rock for us at the top,” Moller said. “She gets it done on the court, but she’s also such a good leader to those girls with the advice and observations she does.”
Olivia Huber (Flight No. 3) and Jones each won 6-1, 6-1, while Mitchell never dropped more than two games in a set against Huron in doubles play.
The Kernels host Brookings at 11 a.m. Monday at Hitchcock Park.
Tuesday in Huron
Mitchell 5, Aberdeen Roncalli 4
No. 1: Kelsey Dahme, M, def. Ellie Litzen, AR, 4-6, 6-1, 10-6; No. 2: Hallie Haskell, AR, def. Atlanta Stahle, M, 6-4, 6-1; No. 3: Olivia Huber, M, def. Abby Hanson, AR, 6-3, 6-4; No. 4: Allison Schock, AR, def. Kiersten Bathke, M, 6-3, 6-3; No. 5: Ali Miller, AR, def. Amber Moller, M, 7-5, 2-6, 10-4; No. 6: Jemini Cantalope, AR, def. Ashley Jones, M, 6-3, 6-2.
No. 1: Dahme/Stahle, M, def. Litzen/Haskell, AR, 6-1, 6-4; No. 2: Hanson/Muller, AR, def. Huber/Moller, M, 5-7, 6-3, 10-6; No. 3: Bathke/Jones, M, def. Schock/Cantalope, AR, 6-3, 6-3.
Mitchell 9, Huron 0
No. 1: Kelsey Dahme, M, def. Kayla Harvey, 6-1, 6-1; No. 2: Atlanta Stahle, M, def. Audrey Rubish, 6-1, 7-6 (3); No. 3: Olivia Huber, M, def. Abby Thomas, 6-1, 6-1; No. 4: Kiersten Bathke, M, def. Beth Engelhart, 6-4, 6-1; No. 5: Amber Moller, M, def. AnneClaire Rubish, 6-1, 6-4; No. 6: Ashley Jones, M, def. Bianca Medina, 6-1, 6-1.
No. 1: Dahme/Stahle, M, def. A. Rubish/Harvey, 6-2, 6-1; No. 2: Huber/Moller, M, def. Engelhart/Thomas, 6-2, 6-2; No. 3: Bathke/Jones, M, def. Medina/AC Rubish, 6-1, 6-2.