HARRISBURG -- The Mitchell High School girls tennis team scored another decisive victory on Thursday, but Harrisburg did not go down without a fight.
While the Kernels took down the Tigers in an Eastern South Dakota Conference dual meet, 7-2, several of the matches were tight and six were decided in a match tiebreak.
Mitchell was still able to come away with the win, and Kernel head coach Pat Moller liked how well his team responded to its first true test of the season.
“There’s a lot of tiebreakers there and we won a lot more than we lost,” Moller said. “I think that’s a testament to our girls and their focus, drive and willingness to put everything on the line.”
Kelsey Dahme was taken to a match tiebreak by Emma Rangel after dropping her first set at No. 1 singles, but battled back to win the second set and the tiebreak. Olivia Huber also went to a tiebreak at No. 3 singles, taking the first set 6-2, before dropping the second set and winning the tiebreak, 10-5.
Kiersten Bathke fell to Harrisburg’s Hattie Meyer in three sets at No. 4 singles, while Ashley Jones captured a win in three at No. 6 singles, 6-0, 4-6, 10-6.
The No. 2 doubles team of Huber and Amber Moller fell in a tiebreak, while the Bathke and Jones won in three sets in No. 3 doubles.
Playing so many tight matches early in the season is a good thing for Mitchell (4-0), according to Moller, as it prepares the team to handle tough situations later in the year.
“You get to those tiebreakers and you never know what’s going to happen,” Moller said. “This is a young team and a lot of girls are playing in positions they’re not familiar with. If we can continue to win more of those than we lose, then we’re going to end up having a pretty good season.”
Atlanta Stahle cruised to a straight-set win at No. 2 singles, 6-0, 6-0 and Amber Moller picked up a 6-2, 6-2 win at No. 5 singles. Dahme and Stahle also won at No. 1 doubles, 6-0, 6-1.
Mitchell hosts Rapid City Central and Vermillion in a triangular at 10 a.m. on Tuesday at Hitchcock Park.
Mitchell 7, Harrisburg 2
Thursday in Harrisburg
Singles: 1. Kelsey Dahme (M) def. Emma Rangel (H), 6-7 (3), 6-2, 10-3; 2. Atlanta Stahle (M) def. Grace Starr (H), 6-0, 6-0; 3. Olivia Huber (M) def. Emily Hanson (H), 6-2, 6-7 (5), 10-5; 4. Hattie Meyer (H) def. Kiersten Bathke (M), 6-4, 1-6, 10-4; 5. Amber Moller (M) def. Paige MIller (H), 6-2, 6-2; 6. Ashley Jones (M) def. Maddie Grabow (H), 6-2, 4-6, 10-6.
Doubles: 1. Kelsey Dahme/Atlanta Stahle (M) def. Grace Starr/Hattie Meyer (H), 6-0, 6-1; 2. Emma Rangel/Emily Hanson (H) def. Olivia Huber/Amber Moller (M), 7-6 (1), 6-4; 3. Kiersten Bathke/Ashley Jones (M) def. Paige Miller/Maddie Grabow (H), 6-7 (4), 6-0, 10-4.