Tigers open season with split in triangular

PHOTOS BY MIKE CARROLL/PLAINSMAN Above: Huron’s Lizzy Heinen plays a ball at the net during a No. 2 singles match against Aberdeen Roncalli’s Katherine Kretchman on Tuesday at Huron Courts. Below: Huron’s Beth Engelhart plays a shot on the baseline in a No. 4 singles match against Aberdeen Roncalli’s Raley Haskell on Tuesday at Huron Courts.

HURON — After opening with a convincing 8-1 victory against Aberdeen Roncalli, the Huron girls’ tennis team came away with a split during a season-opening triangular with a 7-2 setback against defending Class A champion Mitchell at Huron Courts.

“All the girls played well,” Huron coach Rachel Kary said. “It was a great start to the season.”

Two of the wins for the Tigers against Aberdeen Roncalli came via forfeit. AnneClaire Rubish was awarded the win at No. 1 singles for Huron due to the Cavaliers missing their top singles player and then combined with Lizzy Heinen to claim the win by forfeit at No. 1 doubles.

The Tigers would finish with a sweep in the singles competition.

Heinen inked a 10-4 win at No. 2, while Bianca Medina cruised to a 10-1 win at No. 3.

Beth Engelhart rallied to force a tiebreaker at No. 4 and emerged with a 7-4 win to take the match 10-9.

Say May at No. 5 and Ann Hoek at No. 6 won 10-1 and 10-2, respectively, against Roncalli.

Katherine Kretchman and River Haskel claimed the lone win in the match for the Cavaliers in No. 2 doubles. They escaped with a 7-5 win in a tiebreaker against Huron’s Medina and Engelhart to secure a 10-9 win in the match.

Ma and Hoek collected a 10-1 win for the Tigers in No. 3 doubles.

Ma had the lone singles win for Huron against Mitchell, with a 10-5 victory at No. 5.

Ma also teamed with Hoek to secure a 10-4 win in No. 3 doubles against the Kernels.

The Tigers will return to action at the Harrisburg Quadrangular at 9 a.m. Friday and will compete in the Pierre Triangular at 8 a.m. Saturday.

Huron 8, Roncalli 1

Singles
No. 1: AnneClaire Rubish, H, won by forfeit
No. 2: Elizabeth Heinen, H, def. Katherine Kretchman, 10-4
No. 3: Bianca Medina, H, def. River Haskell, 10-1
No. 4: Beth Engelhart, H, def. Raley Haskell, 10-9 (7-4)
No. 5: Say Ma, H, def. Anna Mitzel, 10-1
No. 6: Ann Hoek, H, Def. Keira Rivett, 10-2
Exh: Madeline Kleinsasser, H def. Josie Mitzel, 8-1

Doubles
No. 1: Rubish/Heinen, H, won by forfeit
No. 2: Kretchman/River Haskell, AR, def. Medina/Engelhart, 10-9 (7-5)
No. 3: Say Ma/Hoek, H, def. Raley Haskell/A. Mitzel, 10-1
Exh: Kleinsasser/Wednesday Paw, H, def. J. Mitzel, Rivett, 8-3

Mitchell 7, Huron 2

Singles
No. 1: Amber Moller, M, def. AnneClaire Rubish, 10-5
No. 2: Daleny Degen, M, def. Lizzy Heinen, 10-5
No. 3: Carsyn Weich, M, def. Bianca Medina, 10-2
No. 4: Ellie Clement, M, def. Beth Engelhart, 10-2
No. 5: Say Ma, H, def. Ireland Blindauer, 10-5
No. 6: Maddie Childs, M, def. Ann Hoek, 10-4

Doubles
No. 1: Moller/Degen, M, def. Rubish/Heinen, 10-2
No. 2: Weich/Blindauer, M, def. Medina/Engelhart, 10-6
No. 3: Ma/Hoek, H, def. Clement/Childs, 10-4

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