Tigers sixth after first day of state tourney

PHOTO BY JAMES D. CIMBUREK/YANKTON P&D Huron’s AnneClaire Rubish hits a return shot during her flight five singles match against Vermillion’s Lauren Mandernach during the South Dakota State Class A Girls’ Tennis Tournament, Monday in Sioux Falls.

SIOUX FALLS — The Huron girls’ tennis team was sixth after the first day of competition in the Class A State Meet, which was held Monday at Kuehn and McKennan Parks in Sioux Falls.
Yankton sits on top the team standings with 300 points, while Mitchell was second at 279. Rounding out the top five were Aberdeen Central at 252, Rapid City Christian at 231 and Milbank at 214.5.
The Tigers had 97 points for a two-point edge over Pierre for the sixth spot. Madison was eighth at 88.5, followed by Spearfish at 41, Lennox at 40.5 and Vermillion at 23.
“We had such a good day,” Huron coach Rachel Kary said. “All the girls will be playing matches tomorrow in singles, doubles or both.They fought hard today and won some close matches in tiebreakers.”
Five of the six singles players for the Tigers, along with two doubles teams are eyeing berths in the consolation championship matches today.
Audrey Rubish, who was the sixth seed at No. 2 singles, opened the tournament with set wins of 6-2 and 6-0 against No. 11 Gracen Juffer of Lennox. She then suffered back-to-back 6-2 loss to third-seeded Hallie Haskel of Aberdeen Roncalli in the quarterfinals, before receiving a bye in her first consolation match to reach the consolation semfinals.
Rubish will face seventh-seeded Rhianna Cantine of Milbank today for a shot at reaching the consolation championship.
Abby Thomas was the eighth seed for Huron at No. 3 singles and defeated ninth-seeded Lauren Strand of Spearfish with set scores of 6-0 and 6-1 in her first match.
Thomas then ran into top-seeded Abby Hanson of Aberdeen Roncalli in the quarterfinals, where she suffered 6-0 and 6-1 set losses. She rebounded with a 10-4 win against Portia Bird of Lennox to reach the consolation semifinals and will play fourth-seeded Hattie Muellenbach of Milbank today.
No. 10-seeded Emma Jury of Vermillion slipped past Huron’s Beth Engelhart, who was the seventh seed, in the opening match at No. 4 singles. Engelhart answered with a 10-4 win against No. 9 Rose Gunderson  to reach the consolation semifinals, where she will face No. 5 Rhianna Welberg of Milbank today.
No. 9-seeded AnneClaire Rubish of Huron needed a 10-5 victory in a tiebreak to win her opening match at No. 5 singles against No. 8 Ellen Boomgarden of Lennox after splitting the first two sets 6-2 and 1-6.  Top-seeded Ali Muller of Aberdeen Roncalli handed her a pair of 6-0 set losses in the quarterfinals, but Rubish rebounded with a 10-4 win against No. 10 Lauren Mandernach of Vermillion to reach the consolation semifinals.
Rubish will face sixth-seeded Caitlyn Ott of Pierre in the consolation semifinals today.
Bianca Medina, who was the No. 8 seed for the Tigers at No. 6 singles, recorded set wins of 6-3 and 7-5 against No. 9 Alexis Ninneman of Milbank to secure the win in her opening match. She then put up a tough battle against top-seeded Ashley Jones of Mitchell in the quarterfinals but suffered the setback with set losses of 6-0 and 7-6 (3).
Medina then used a 10-2 win over No. 10 Abby Hanson of Vermillion to reach the consolation semifinals, where she will face fifth-seeded Gracie Zeeb of Pierre today.
Seventh-seeded Kayla Harvey of Huron opened the tournament with 6-2 and 6-1 wins against No. 10 Emma Dahlhoff of Vermillion in No. 1 singles. She then faced second-seeded Ella Hancock of Rapid City Christian, who handed her 6-0 and 6-3 losses  to send her into the consolation bracket.
Eighth-seeded Ally Hanlon of Lennox needed a win in a tiebreaker to secure an 11-10 victory against Harvey in the consolation quarterfinals, thus ending her tournament.
Harvey is still playing in the No. 1 doubles competition, as she teamed with Audrey Rubish to win their opening match with set scores of 6-1 and 6-1. The Huron duo, which was seeded seventh, then suffered set losses of 6-2 and 6-3 against second-seeded Aberdeen Roncalli in the quarterfinals, before rebounding with a 10-5 win against No. 8 Spearfish to reach the consolation semifinals.
Harvey and Rubish will face sixth-seeded Madison in their opening match today for a berth in the consolation championship match.
Huron’s No. 3 doubles team of AnneClaire Rubish and Medina is also still playing after the first day of competition. They were the No. 10 seed suffered 6-3 and 6-1 set losses to No. 7 Yankton in their opening match.
Rubish and Medina rebounded with a 10-3 win against eighth-seeded Lennox to reach the consolation semifinals, where they will play fifth-seeded Milbank today.
Huron’s No. 2 doubles team of Thomas and Engelhart, who were seeded No. 8, used a 10-8 tiebreaker win to secure the victory against No. 9 Spearfish in their opening match after splitting the first two sets 2-6 and 6-4.
Top-seeded Yankton then defeated Thomas and Engelhart in the quarterfinals with set scores of 6-0 and 6-1. They then suffered a 10-4 loss to N. 10 Madison in the consolation quarterfinals to end their tournament.
Play will begin for the final day of the tournament at 8 p.m. today.




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