VHS tennis team participates in state tourney The Tanager girls' tennis team played some of their "best tennis of the season" during the state tennis tournament in Sioux Falls Oct. 5-7, despite extremely cold and windy conditions, according to Coach Barb Rickord.
"I was very proud of everyone
(who participated for the Tanagers)," she said. "We played some very good tennis, even in matches that we lost."
The first round was essentially the elimination competition among the non-#1 seeds in all nine flights.
Flight #1: Maya Ristic (V) def. Sarah Pfeiffer (AbR) 6-3, 6-3;
Flight #2: Lindsay Iverson (V) def. Sarah Biers (Str) 6-2, 6-1;
Flight #3: Tori Collins (V) def. Annie Linn (Str) 6-1,7-5;
Flight #4: Catherine Odson (V) lost to Beth Erickson (Wtr) 1-6, 2-6.
Flight #5: Justine Reimnitz (V) lost to Heather Dammann (Hu) 3-6, 1-6.
Flight #6: Jessica Leffers (V) def. Denae Schumacher (AbR) 6-3, 7-5.
Coach Rickord cited the play of the losing players as well.
"Lindsay and Tori played very competitively in losing to higher seeded players," she said.
Second round involved all players surviving round one.
Flight #1: Maya Ristic lost to #6 seed Melissa Schager (SFW) 0-6, 4-6.
Flight #2: Lindsay Iverson lost to #2 seed Amy Meier (SFO) 2-6, 6-7.
Flight #3: Tori Collins lost to Molly Wicks (Br) 2-6, 4-6.
Flight #6: Jessica Leffers lost to #3 seed Paige Stelzer (SFO).
Consolation round 2
Flights #4 and #5: Odson and Reimnitz had byes.
Consolation round 3
Flight #4: Catherine Odson def. Sharla Krogman (TC) 10-1.
Flight #5: Justine Reimnitz def. Stephanie Voss (Str) 10-8.
Flight #4: Odson def. Kylie Weisz (Str) 10-8.
Flight #5: Reimnitz def. Teanna Aduddell (RCC) 10-7.
Flight #4: Odson lost to Sandra Skinner (Ma) 6-10.
Flight #5: Reimnitz lost to Angie Emmett (AbC) 6-10.
"Odson and Reimnitz played extremely well in the consolation rounds, including the finals matches," Rickord said. "Also, all three doubles teams played better at state than against the same teams earlier in the season, winning first round, then losing second round matches."
Round one doubles
Flight #1: Ristic/Iverson (V) def. Steen/Senden (Spr) 6-1, 6-2.
Flight #2: Collins/Odson (V) def. Nelson/Lonning (AbR) 7-5, 6-2.
Flight #3: Reimnitz/Elizabeth Slagle def. Stewart/Boerger (Mil).
"This is how we hoped the season would end � with everyone playing their best tennis," Rickord said.
The Tanagers finished the tournament in 13th out of 22 teams.