VHS girls’ tennis team participates in state tourney

VHS girls' tennis team participates in state tourney by Jim Prosser Coach Barb Rickord was proud of her VHS Tanager girls' tennis team after they competed in the S.D. State Tennis Tournament in Sioux Falls the weekend of Oct. 10-12.

"We finished 12th out of 21 in state which was a fine accomplishment for these girls," Rickord said. "Each one played extremely well and played their best tennis of the season. All six girls contributed points to the 192 accumulated by the team.

"We outscored Mitchell, Madison, and Brandon Valley � all teams which had beat us during the season," she continued. "I am very proud of all the members of the tennis squad, including the JV players. It was a fun, successful season."

Maya Ristic, seeded #6, had a bye in flight #1, for round one, then beat Fiorina Oddo (StTM) 6-0, 6-0 in round two, before losing to Katy Jelsma (SFW) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 in the third round to end her high school tennis career.

"Maya plans to participate in college and I know she will continue to improve and be very successful at that level," Coach Rickord said.

At state, the first round was essentially the elimination competition among the non-seeds.


Flight #2 Catherine Odson lost to Molly Wilbur (Pr) 6-4, 6-3; Flight #3 Jennifer Muller (Y) defeated Michelle Rydell 6-1, 3-6, 6-4; Flight #4 Tori Collins defeated Stephanie Lauer (Stur) 6-2, 6-2; Flight #5 Deanna Russell defeated Carolyn Wojahn (Mlb) 6-1, 6-1; Flight #6 Britt Fremstad defeated Kate Person (SFR) 6-3,6-4.

Second round involving Tanager players:

Flight #2 Catherine Odson bye; Flight #3 Michelle Rydell bye; Flight #4 Tori Collins lost to Whitney Visser (SFL) 6-4, 7-5; Flight #5 Deanna Russell lost to Sarah Lamberty (SFO) 6-1, 6-2; Flight #6 Britt Fremstad lost to Jayme Grebin (SFL) 6-2, 6-3.

Consolation round 3:

Flight #2 Catherine Odson lost to Megan Hamre (SFR) 10-3; Flight #3 Michelle Rydell defeated M.R. Walsh (StTM) 10-3.

Semifinals: Flight #3 Traci Gabrielson (Mad) defeated Michelle Rydell 10-8.

Round one doubles:

Flight #1 Ristic/Odson bye; Flight #2 Collins/Rydell defeated Kramer/Olson (SFR) 4-6, 6-3, 6-4; Flight #3 Russell/Fremstad defeated McIntyre/Wells (StTM) 6-4, 6-4.

Round two: Flight #1 Ristic/Odson defeated Lonning/Barnett (AbR) 6-4, 6-3; Flight #2 Collins/Rydell lost to Hansen/Visser (SFL) 6-0, 6-1; Flight #3 Russell/Fremstad lost to Patnoe/Hogan (RDS) 6-0, 6-1.

Round three: Ristic/Odson lost to Paluch/Powers (RCS) 6-0, 6-1.

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