SIOUX FALLS – Rapid City Stevens posted 300 points on the first day of the AA tennis state tournament and leads Sioux Falls Lincoln and Harrisburg going into Friday’s matches.
Lincoln, the defending state champions, scored 272.5 points and sits in second place, while Harrisburg is another ten points back at 262.5 in third place.
There is a large gap between third and fourth place, as both O’Gorman and Watertown sit at 199 points and in a tie for fourth.
Brookings picked up one win on the tournament’s first day and sits in tenth place with ten points.
The tournament concludes today.
FLIGHT ONE SINGLES
Brookings’ Tristina Ting, who entered as a No. 12 seed, fell in straight sets of 6-1 and 6-1 in her first round match against O’Gorman’s Maya Jamous, the No. 5 seed.
Now in the consolation bracket, Ting matched up with Harrisburg’s Emma Rangel, the No. 6 seed, and Rangel won 10-0 to eliminate Ting.
FLIGHT TWO SINGLES
The Bobcats’ Paige Foster, seeded No. 10, dropped her opening round match to Watertown’s Josie Heyn, the No. 7 seed, by scores of 6-0 and 6-2.
Sioux Falls Jefferson’s Samantha Smith, the No. 8 seed, then eliminated Foster by the score of 10-1.
FLIGHT THREE SINGLES
Brea Tonsager, seeded No. 11 in her flight, took on Aberdeen Central’s Livia Douglas who came in seeded sixth.
Douglas would move on, defeating Tonsager 6-2 and 6-0.
In the consolation quarterfinals, Tonsager matched up with O’Gorman’s Sydney Breit, and Breit would stay alive with a 10-1 win.
FLIGHT FOUR SINGLES
Eleventh seeded Heather Rudd squared off with Lincoln’s Julia Hedrick, the flight’s No. 6 seed, and the Patriot defeated the Bobcat - but not without a fight - by scores of 6-1 and 7-5.
Moving into the consolation quarterfinals, Rudd would play Harrisburg’s Madelyn Eisenbeisz, and Eisenbeisz kept her tournament alive with a 10-4 win over Rudd.
FLIGHT FIVE SINGLES
Brookings’ Mary Rudd entered as the twelfth seed, taking on Watertown’s Grace Ortmeier.
Ortmeier would move on, shutting out Rudd in straight sets by scores of 6-0 and 6-0.
In the consolation bracket, Lincoln’s Emma Derynck was Rudd’s next opponent, and Derynck moved on with a 10-2 win.
FLIGHT SIX SINGLES
The Bobcats’ Sophie Tanner, seeded tenth, picked up the lone Brookings win on day one with a win over Sioux Falls Roosevelt’s Allie Weber, the flight’s No. 7 seed, by scores of 6-3 and 6-1.
Moving into the championship quarterfinals, Tanner was upended by Harrisburg’s Mckenzie Vickery in straight sets of 6-0 and 6-0, sending Tanner to the consolation semifinals where she matches up with O’Gorman’s Lucy Koziara, seeded third, on Friday.
FLIGHT ONE DOUBLES
Ting and Foster paired up as the number ten seed and took on Aberdeen Central’s Ringgenberg and Vogel.
The Golden Eagles would easily move on with a 6-1, 6-0 win, sending the Bobcat duo to the consolation quarters.
Brookings would take on top-seeded O’Gorman, who was upset in the championship quarterfinals, and the Lady Knights would move on with a 10-1 win.
FLIGHT TWO DOUBLES
Tonsager and Heather Rudd, seeded twelfth, met up with Aberdeen Central’s Carly Comstock and Livia Douglas, seeded fifth.
Comstock and Douglas moved on, winning by scores of 6-0 and 6-2.
In the consolation quarterfinals, the Brookings pairing played O’Gorman’s Sydney Breit and Cecelia Bender, and the team from Sioux Falls picked up a 10-0 win to stay alive and eliminate Tonsager and Rudd.
FLIGHT THREE DOUBLES
The final Brookings team of Mary Rudd and Sophie Tanner fell to Watertown’s Meester and Nichols, the fifth seed, by set scores of 6-2 and 6-1.
In the consolation quarterfinals, three-seed Aberdeen Central took down the Bobcats by a score of 10-4.