Tanager tennis team opens season in quadrangular

Tanager tennis team opens season in quadrangular by Jim Prosser On Saturday, Aug. 23, the Tanager girls' tennis team met three very tough opponents, including Rapid City Stevens, the current state champ, in a quadrangular. The event was held in the new courts at Summit Center sports complex in Yankton to open the 2003 season.

"For our first matches of the season, I was extremely pleased with how everyone played," said coach Barb Rickord. "We have four new varsity players this year � three of whom are middle school students. All of the Tanager players showed a lot of class and potential against their adversaries.

"Jessica Leffers and Michelle Rydell will be strong leaders at numbers one and two, and it will be fun to watch the team improve as the season progresses," she added.

Team scores were: Stevens � 9, Vermillion � 0; Yankton � 9. Vermillion � 0; and Watertown � 8, Vermillion � 1.

Singles vs. RC Stevens: Whitney Palusch (S) def. Jessica Leffers 8-0; Fiorina Oddo (S) def. Michelle Rydell 8-1; Mikala Henzlik (S) def. Lauren Higgins 8-1; Amanda Helmers (S) def. Sarah Roetman 8-0; Kelsey Brugger (S) def. Zazzee Coleman 8-0; and Mandy Grantz (S) def. Liz Day 8-0.

Doubles: Paluch/Henzlik def. Leffers/Rydell 8-0; Oddo/ Helmers def. Higgins/Coleman 8-1; Brugger/Kelli Galbraith def. Roetman/Day 8-0.

Here's a look at the Yankton scores: Singles � Kyna Williams (Y) def. Leffers 8-3 ; Abby Washburn (Y) def. Rydell 8-4; Jessica Mathison (Y) def. Higgins 8-2; Lindsey Wilcox (Y) def. Roetman 8-0; Melanie Rockne (Y) def. Coleman 8-0; and Rhonda Kacena (Y) def. Day 8-0.

Doubles: Williams/Wahburn (Y) def. Leffers/Rydell 8-4; Mathison/Wilcox (Y) def. Higgins/Coleman 8-0; Rockne/ Kuchera (Y) def. Roetman/ Day 8-1.

Finally, the team faced Watertown: Singles � Tegan Bakke (W) def. Leffers 8-3; Rydell (V) def. Lauren Saylor 8-4; Meggie Gough (W) def. Higgins 8-5; Amanda Hambek (W) def. Roetman 8-0; Jacquie Devine (W) def. Coleman 8-0; Erica Johnson (W) def. Day 8-1.

Doubles: Gough/Hambek def. Leffers/Rydell 8-3; Bakke/Saylor def. Higgins/Coleman 8-3; Devine/Johnson def. Roetman/Day 8-3.

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