VHS tennis places 14th at state tournament

Vermillion's tennis girls accumulated 140 points at the state tournament in Rapid City, placing 14th of 22 teams.

The three-day meet was plagued by rain part of the time, forcing a disruption in schedules and sending some matches into indoor facilities.  The Tanagers' 14th-place finish in the team standings put them ahead of two ESD Conference schools and two Greater Dakota Conference schools among others.

Valerie Robinson, Vermillion's second-flight singles player, won five of her six matches to earn a ninth-place finish, the highlight of the Tanagers' tournament appearance.

Robinson won her opening match 6-2, 6-0 over Lucas of Rapid City Central to reach the quarterfinals.  There she lost 6-0, 6-1 to Malik of Rapid City Stevens.  After that, however, Robinson worked her way back through the consolation bracket, winning three straight –10-2 over Diddle, Brookings; 10-2 over Parrett, Spearfish, and 10-5 over Strohfus, Aberdeen, to reach the ninth-place match.  There Robinson was victories 10-8 over Darr of Sioux Falls Washington.

No. 1 singles player Claire Jones won her opening-round match 6-1, 6-2 over Burke of Pierre to reach the quarterfinals, but lost her next two matches.  Dylan Daniels at No. 4 singles won a match in the consolation round, 10-8 over Anderson of Brookings.

The Tanagers' No. 1 doubles team of Jones and Robinson had a first-round bye so got into the quarterfinals, but there they lost to the eventual state champions, VanDeMark and Townsend of O'Gorman, 6-4, 6-2.

Vermillion results:

No. 1 singles:  Claire Jones def. Burke, Pierre, 6-1, 6-2; lost to VanDeMark, O'Gorman, 6-1, 6-0; lost to Lynch, Madison, 10-7.

No. 2 singles:  Valerie Robinson def. Lucas, R.C. Central, 6-2, 6-0; lost to Malik, R.C. Stevens, 6-0, 6-1; def. Diddle, Brookings, 10-2; def. Parrett, Spearfish, 10-2; defeated Strohfus, Aberdeen, 10-5; def. Darr, S.F. Washington, 10-8.

No. 3 singles:  Lindsay Robinet lost to Barlund, Milbank, 6-1, 6-0; lost to Henderson, Yankton, 10-1.

No. 4 singles:  Dylan Daniels lost to Crosby, S.F. Lincoln, 7-6, 6-2; def. Anderson, Brookings, 10-8; lost to Kurtz, Milbank, 10-8.

No. 5 singles:  Sophie Van Den Hul lot to Evans, R.C. Central, by default; lost to Rubin, Brandon Valley, 10-0.

No. 6 singles:  Jenny Sun lost to Lucchesi, Brookings, 6-3, 6-2; lost to Hoogland, Huron, 10-5.

No. 1 doubles:  Jones/Robinson 1st-round bye; lost to VanDeMark/Townsend, O'Gorman, 6-4, 6-2; lost to Bahke/DeLange, Watertown, 10-6.

No. 2 doubles:  Robinet/Daniels lost to Green/Crosby, S.F. Lincoln, 6-1, 6-0; lost to Gibbens/Eckrich, St. Thomas More, 10-4.
No. 3 doubles:  VanDenHul/Abby Weiss 1st-round bye; lost to Rubin/Thomas, Brandon Valley, 6-1, 6-0; lost to Wells, Lehr, Mitchell, 10-0.

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