Tennis team suffers loss to Sioux Falls Washington

Tennis team suffers loss to Sioux Falls Washington by Jim Prosser The Tanager boys' tennis team faced another worthy opponent in the high school ranks as they suffered a 9-0 loss to the Sioux Falls Washington varsity on Friday, April 25 in a rain delayed make-up dual played at the USD DakotaDome courts.

Following are the scoring results:

Singles: Matt Bittner (W) def. Jason Holoch 6-1, 6-1; Steve Holzwarth (W) def. Geng Wang 6-0, 6-1; Cade Smith (W) def. Nathan Scheidel (V) 6-3, 6-4; Mik Stavig (W) def. Jack Higgins 2-6, 6-2, 7-6 (8-6); Christoph Edler (W) def. Steve Foltz 1-6, 6-1, 6-1; and Adam Cutler (W) def. Dan Day 6-1, 6-0.

Doubles: Bittner/Holzwarth def. Holoch/Wang 6-1, 6-2; Smith/Stavig def. Scheidel/Higgins 5-7, 6-2, 6-3; and Edler/ Cutler def. Foltz/Day 6-2, 4-6, 6-0.

JV Singles: Keshav Arogyswamy (V) def. Justin Whede 8-6; Alex Person (W) def. Ryan Powell, 8-3; Scott Scheller (W) def. Anthony Rath, 8-3; Mike Fagerness (W) def. Anish Patel, 8-1; Casey Bruggeman (W) def. Harsh Patel, 9-7; Jeff Donnelly (V) def. Daron Reaves, 9-7; and, Chris Jensen (V) def. Brian Luking, 8-6.

JV Doubles: Whede/Person def. Arogyswamy/Powell, 8-3; Scheller/Bruggeman def. Rath/A. Patel, 8-5; Fagerness/Reaves def. Donnelly/H. Patel, 8-3.

"The Warrior varsity is highly regarded in the state, so we expected that since they beat us 9-0 in our dual two years ago, they would still be hard to beat," said Tanager coach Nick Hovden. "However, we had a few matches which were very competitive and several games went to three sets while a lot of games went to deuce. That tells me that the match might go either way.

"It was great for Washington to bring a full team," he continued. "Our JV players finally had a chance to gain some experience in competition. Our hope is we can accept the hard work we've put in during the past couple weeks will soon garner better results."

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