Tanager girls fall victim to SF Lincoln tennis team

Tanager girls fall victim to SF Lincoln tennis team by Jim Prosser On Friday, Oct. 3, the VHS girls' tennis team fell victim 8-1 against Sioux Falls Lincoln.

Singles: Whitney Visser (L) def. Jessica Leffers 6-2, 6-0; Paige Beck (L) def. Michelle Rydell 6-4, 6-3; Lauren Higgins (V) def. Kelly Hansen 6-3, 0-6, (7-1); Rachel Schmeiding (L) def. Zazzee Coleman 6-2, 6-0; Jen VanHove (L) def. Lindsay Morecraft 6-1, 6-4; and Jordan Boehmer (L) def. Liz Day 6-0, 6-0.

Doubles: Visser/Beck def. Leffers/Rydell 6-2, 6-0; Hansen/Schmeiding def. Higgins/Coleman 6-2, 6-2; and VanHove/Boemer def. Morecraft/ Day 6-1, 6-1.

"This was our last regular match of the season and was a good warm-up for state," said coach Barb Rickord. "Our #4 player Sarah Roetman was out with an injury so Liz Day moved into varsity at #6. We're hoping Sarah will be ready for state next week.

"Lauren Higgins at #3 showed a lot of composure and consistency in winning a tiebreaker after a let down in the second set," she continued. "She has the ability to win matches and this gave her some needed confidence. We look forward to the Oct. 9-11 state tournament in Sioux Falls. All schools with tennis teams participate in the same tournament."

In JV singles the Tanagers were swept: Andrea Smith (L) def. Alicia Hesla 6-2, 6-0; Linda Yang (L) def. Taiana Hayes 6-1, 6-0. Doubles: Smith/Yang def. Hesla/Hayes 6-3, 6-3.

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