In a dual that proved to be closer than the final score would indicate, the Vermillion boys tennis team lost to Luverne, MN, 6-1 last week.
Since the match was played at Luverne, there were four singles and three doubles matches, per Minnesota policy, rather than six singles and three doubles matches, which is the case in South Dakota.
The Tanagers' team point was secured by the No. 3 doubles team of James May and Will Card when they topped their Cardinal opponents, Ethan Johnson and Blake Ziegler, 6-3, 6-3.
But there were a couple of other close calls that went Luverne's way. One was at No. 3 singles where both sets of Camden Raizola's match went down to the final serves. His Luverne opponent, Michael Graff, escaped 7-5, 7-5.
Vermillion's No. 1 doubles team of Jordan Robinson and Wes McBride rallied from one set down to tie their match with a thrilling tiebreaker win in the second set, 7-6 (7-5). Their third set was another close one that almost went the Tanagers' way but ended up 6-4 in favor of Luverne's Nick Sandager and Jonny Vaigrt.
The Tanagers, if spring weather allows, will have three matches at home next week, starting with Sioux City North on Monday, continuing with Yankton Tuesday and concluding with Sioux Falls Roosevelt next Friday.