With five of their top seven players unavailable, the Vermillion Tanagers tennis team struggled again against Yankton last week, losing to the Bucks for the fourth time this season.
However, the youngsters who filled in, after their 9-0 loss to the Bucks on Thursday, rose up to smack Sioux City East, 7-2, on Friday.
Against Yankton, sophomore Joe Swanson forced his opponent into a tie-breaker to decide the second set of their match, the closest any Tanager came to winning against the Bucks. But against East, junior David Day, Swanson, freshman Jacob Ford and eighth graders Sam Craig and David Wang scored singles victories, and the doubles team of Swanson and sophomore Ryan Styles and the doubles duo of Craig and Wang won their matches.
Vermillion will close the regular season Saturday at the Madison Invitational at 9 a.m.
Yankton 9, VHS 0
1. David Day lost to Luke Rockne 0-6, 3-6.
2. Ryan Styles lost to Chances Sorensen 0-6, 0-6.
3. Joe Swanson lost to Morgan Jones 2-6, 6-6 (2-7).
4. Jacob Ford lost to Ben Jensen 0-6, 2-6.
5. Sam Craig lost to Brandon Frick 0-6, 2-6.
6. David Wang lost to John Fanta 0-6, 0-6.
1. Day/Ford lost to Rockne/Sorensen 3-6, 4-6.
2. Styles/Swanson lost to Jensen/Frick 1-6, 2-6.
3. Craig/Wang lost to Jones/Fanta 2-6, 3-6.
VHS 7, S.C. East 2
1. Day def. Bobby Graham 8-3.
2. Styles lost to Jordan Betts 0-8.
3. Swanson def. Tyler Potter 8-4.
4. Jacob Ford def. Dare Trotter 8-8 (7-0).
5. Sam Craig def. Jeremy Bennett 8-4.
6. David Wang def. Casey O'Horn 8-4.
1. Day/Ford lost to Graham/Betts 4-8.
2. Styles/Swanson def. Potter/Trotter 8-3.
3. Craig/Wang def. Bennett/O'Horn 8-1.