SIOUX FALLS — The Mitchell Kernels edged the Yankton Gazelles by eight points Tuesday, as the State Class “A” tennis tournament closed.
The Kernels scored 492.5 points to the Yankton total of 484.5. The Gazelles won three individual singles titles to two for the Kernels, while Mitchell took home two doubles championships in the event. The only individual title not going home to either Yankton or Mitchell was claimed by Allison Schock of Aberdeen Roncalli.
The Huron tennis team finished seventh at the State Class “A” Tennis Tournament with seven points, only six points out of sixth, as the second day of the tournament proved to be rocky for the Tigers.
“Today was a fantastic day!” said Tiger coach Rachel Kary at the tourney’s conclusion. “We finished seventh but we were so close to sixth. The girls did great and I am so proud of them.”
Five Tiger players were still alive in the double elimination tournament after Monday’s opening day of play.
Audrey Rubish opened the day with a 10-3 win over Rhianna Cantine of Milbank in the No. 2 consolation semifinals, then took on Mya Maxwell of Madison in the consolation finals. Rubish emerged with a 10-6 win and the consolation title for fifth place in the state tournament.
“It was great for Audrey to bring home that fifth-place finish today,” Kary said.
Abigail Thomas lost to Hattie Muellenbach of Milbank 10-2 in the third flight consolation semifinals, and teammate Beth Engelhart dropped a 10-4 decision to Rhianna Welberg of Milbank in her No. 4 consolation semifinals.
In the fifth flight, AnneClaire Rubish lost to Caitlin Ott of Pierre 10-2 in the consolation semifinals and Brianna Medina dropped a 10-4 decision to Gracie Zeeb of Pierre in the No. 6 consolation semifinals.
Play for the doubles teams also ended Tuesday.
The third flight doubles team of AnneClaire Rubish and Medina defeated the Milbank of Jenna Johnson and Alexis Ninneman 10-5 to make it to the consolation finals, where they fell 10-3 to the Aberdeen Roncalli team of Schock and Jemini Cantalope.
“AnneClaire and Bianca won a great match to get into the consolation finals.” Kary said.
The No. 1 doubles team of Kayla Harvey and Audrey Rubish dropped a tight 11-10 match that went to an 8-6 tiebreaker to the Madison team of CC Graham and Lily Wolff in the consolation semifinals.
“Audrey and Kayla played such a fantastic match,” Kary noted. “They lost that match that would have gotten them into the consolation championship, but they played so well”