Huron finishes sixth at state tennis tourney

PHOTOS COURTESY OF SD PUBLIC BROADCASTING Above: Huron’s Bethany Engelhart plays a shot from the baseline during a match Tuesday at the Class A State Girls’ Tennis Tournament in Sioux Falls. Below: Huron’s Bethany Engelhart, left, and Bianca Medina participate in a No. 2 doubles match Tuesday at the Class A State Girls’ Tennis Tournament in Sioux Falls.

SIOUX FALLS — The Huron girls’ tennis team held steady in sixth place during the final day of the Class A State Tournament on Tuesday.

The Tigers had two singles players and a pair of doubles teams still in the championship hunt heading into the second day of the two-day event. They finished with a total of 195, which put them just outside the top five in the 13-team field.

Mitchell claimed the Class A championship with 499.5 points, while Rapid City Christian had 408 to edge Yankton, which finished at 406.5, for the second spot.

Rounding out the top five were Pierre at 289 and St. Thomas More at 249.5.

Say Ma at No. 5 singles was the highest finisher for Huron. After suffering 6-2 and 7-5 set losses against top-seeded Sydney Reynolds of Mitchell in the semifinals, she rebound with a 10-6 win against second-seeded Riley Geyer of Rapid City Christian to claim third place, which was one spot higher than her seeding.

Bethany Engelhart was fourth for the Tigers in No. 4 singles, which was one spot higher than her seed.
Julia Platt of Mitchell, who was the top seed, defeated Engelhart 6-0 and 6-1 in the semifinals. Second-seeded Jocelyn Corrales of Pierre recorded a 10-3 win against Engelhart in the third-place match.

Huron’s No. 2 and 3 doubles teams also finished the tournament in fourth place.

Bianca Medina and Engelhart suffered  6-1 and 6-4 setbacks to top-seeded Mitchell in the semfinals at No. 2 doubles. Then were defeated 10-2 by second-seeded Yankton in the third-place match to finish one spot higher than their seed entering the tournament.

Top-seeded Mitchell used set wins of 6-2 and 6-0 to get past Huron’s No. 3 doubles team of Ma and Ann Hoek in the semifinals. Second-seeded Pierre edged the fourth-seeded Tigers 10-9 in the third-place match.

Hoek used a 10-6 win against Madison Buehner of Lennox to finish fifth in No. 6 singles for Huron.

Medina was sixth in No. 3 singles after a 10-6 setback against Kara Weiss of Pierre in the fifth-place match.

Lizzy Heinen capped her tournament by claiming the consolation championship in No. 2 singles for the Tigers. She defeated sixth-seeded Rebeccah Anglin of Spearfinish 10-8in her final match.

Heinen also joined forces with AnneClaire Rubish to claim the consolation championship for Huron in No. 1 doubles. They got past Madison 10-6 in the final match.



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