Tanager tennis team opens season at Yankton quad

Tanager tennis team opens season at Yankton quad
On Saturday, Aug. 19, the Tanager girls' tennis team met three very tough opponents, including RC Stevens and Watertown, in a quadrangular on the courts of the Summit Center sports complex in Yankton to open the 2006 season.

Second-year tennis coach Dan Hanson still has a young squad with two seniors and four juniors on the varsity team.

The complete roster includes: Seniors – Stephanie Cowman, Britney Holmberg, Sarah McCann, Lindsay Morecraft and Stephanie Taylor; Juniors – Liz Day, Dru Daniels, Amanda Granaas, Laura Jacobson, Alicia Hesla, and Gabby Richard; Sophomore – Shanon Skillman; Freshman – Sarah Axtell; Seventh grade – Claire Jones, Valerie Robinson, Chrissy Sorenson, and McKenzie Stone.

"Our team strengths include highly motivated individuals, hard workers, and great cooperative team players," Hanson said. "We should have a better season than last year's as all our varsity players are back."

Team scores were: Stevens – 9, Vermillion – 0; Yankton – 9; Vermillion – 0; and Watertown – 9, Vermillion – 0.

Singles vs. RC Stevens: Whitney Paluch (S) def. Linsay Morecraft 8-0; Fiorina Oddo (S) def. Dru Daniels 8-0; Lauren Schultz (S) def. Steph Cowman 8-1; Kaitlyn Wright (S) def. Alicia Hesla 8-2; Paluch (S) def. Amanda Granaas 8-0; Taylor Stuck (S) def. Gabby Richard 8-0.

Doubles: Oddo/W. Paluch def. Daniels/Morecraft 8-0; Shultz/Wright def. Cowman/Hesla 8-1; M. Paluch/ Stuck def. Granaas/Richard 8-0. 8-1.

Here's a look at the Yankton scores: Singles – Steph Rockne (Y) def. Morecraft 8-3; Bridget Henderson (Y) def. Daniels 8-4; Gabby Kuchena (Y) def. Cowman 8-1; Vanessa Rockne (Y) def. Hesla 8-1; Jaclyn Mathison (Y) def. Granaas 8-2; and Marie Holtzman (Y) def. Richard 8-0.

Doubles: Rockne/Rockne (Y) def. Daniels/Morecraft 8-4; Kachena/Henderson (Y) def. Cowman/Hesla 8-2; Matheson/Holtzman (Y) def. Granaas/Richard 8-0.

Finally, the team faced Watertown: Singles – Tegan Bakke (W) def. Morecraft 8-1; Lauren Saylor (W) def. Daniels 8-3; Shealyn Bakke (W) def. Cowman 8-1; Anna Jones (W) def. Hesla 8-1; Sara Saathoff (W) def. Granaas 8-4; and Carly Heideman (W) def. Richard 8-1.

Doubles: T. Bakke/Saylor def. Daniels/Morecraft 8-1; S Bakke/Jones def. Cowman/Hesla 8-0; Saathoff/Heideman def. Granaas/Richard 8-0.

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