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Transferring from Nebraska, Sydney Reynolds brings maturity, experience to Mitchell tennis

Sydney Reynolds, a transfer from Norfolk, Nebraska, provides the Mitchell High School girls tennis team with more depth, maturity and experience as they look ahead for a state championship.

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Mitchell's Sydney Reynolds competes in No. 5 singles action during a dual against Sioux Falls Jefferson on Saturday, Sept. 18, 20201, at Hitchcock Park. (Branden Hull / Mitchell Republic)

Sydney Reynolds and the Mitchell High School girls tennis team have been a perfect match.

Reynolds, a transfer from Norfolk, Nebraska, joined the Kernels this past summer heading into her senior year and has quickly become an integral part of the Kernel program.

She was the Flight No. 1 singles player at Norfolk High School as a junior, but on Mitchell’s roster that is in the mix for a state championship, she plays No. 5 singles.

Despite Reynolds' change in flights, her experience with her new team has been nothing but ideal.

“This program is a lot more competitive,” Reynolds said. “In Nebraska, my season was in the spring. Coming here, you never stop playing and it’s been good because I was ready to come in for the season. In Nebraska, our team wasn’t that motivated, so coming here has been more fun because we work so much harder and we’re more successful.”

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Reynolds spent her first three years of high school at Norfolk and was once nervous about switching schools before her senior year.

“I was worried about it, but it wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be,” Reynolds said. “The girls are all so nice and the coach helped out a lot too.”

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Mitchell's Sydney Reynolds competes in No. 5 singles action during a dual against Sioux Falls Jefferson on Saturday, Sept. 18, 20201, at Hitchcock Park. (Branden Hull / Mitchell Republic)

Mitchell head coach Pat Moller said Reynolds had been on the team's radar when word began to surface that the Reynolds family might be moving to Mitchell. Reynolds' father is a surgeon who now works in Mitchell and once Moller found out Reynolds was attending the summer tennis camps, he did all he could to help her on and off the court.

Reynolds said before the first day of school, Moller took her to the high school to show her where each one of her classes would be. On the court, she said Moller has provided her with a lot of strategies to use within a match.

“Coach has given me a lot of strategies that I didn’t know of before so they’ve helped me improve and close out opponents,” Reynolds said.

Moller said Reynolds came to Mitchell with so much experience and maturity, that she’s just an overall smooth, intelligent tennis player.

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“Sydney is just a very consistent player,” Moller said. “She doesn’t make a lot of errors. She came from Norfolk where she was No. 1 and she’s now at No. 5. You can see her maturity on the court. She’s playing against a lot of girls that maybe aren’t as old as her in a lot of cases.”

Reynolds so far this season has a singles record of 17-4 and has won her last five matches. She says every practice she gets better because of the talent she’s surrounded with.

“I think when I'm playing a real match, I can kind of relax,” Reynolds said. “When I’m playing in practice, it’s so much harder. It just makes me more prepared for my matches.”

Reynolds is also successful in No. 2 doubles, playing alongside Amber Moller. They have a record of 16-3 so far this season. Moller said Reynolds’ maturity is the driving force in her play and has even rubbed off on other players.

“Her maturity on the court is something that gets her a lot of wins,” Moller said. “Her decision making and her overall experience helps everyone. Her maturity has been something that our whole team has kind of rallied around.”

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Mitchell's Sydney Reynolds competes in No. 5 singles action during a dual against Sioux Falls Jefferson on Saturday, Sept. 18, 20201, at Hitchcock Park. (Branden Hull / Mitchell Republic)

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