Aberdeen Roncalli got its girls’ tennis season underway with some close matches and a look at one of the top Class A programs in the state on Tuesday at the Northern State Courts.
The Cavaliers fell to Huron 7-2 before being blanked by powerhouse Mitchell 9-0.
Hallie Haskell had a hand in both of Roncalli’s wins on the day. The senior pulled away from a 6-6 tie and defeated Anna Claire Rubish of Huron 10-7 at number one singles. Haskell then teammed with Maria Barnett for a 10-5 win at number one doubles.
“Hallie Haskell pulled off the win at number one, which was huge,” said Roncalli coach Hallie Rohrbach. “Then our number one doubles, Hallie and Maria also pulled off a win, 10-5, so that was a pretty exciting for the first match.”
The Cavaliers almost had two more victories, but fell just short on both occasions.
Raley Haskell dropped a narrow decision at number four singles, and then lost a heartbreaker in doubles with Eva Madsen.
“We had some close matches. We have some younger girls that played upperclassmen, so that’s always difficult,” Rohrbach said. “Raley actually had a really good match, fight til the end, end up losing 9-11, but played great. Then one other notable match, Raley and Eva played to 10-10 and then a 7-point tiebreak where they ended up losing 5-7 in the tiebreak, but that’s huge especially for Eva Madsen’s first varsity match.”
The Cavaliers then faced Mitchell, which will be among the favorites once again in Class A this season.
“Mitchell is good. They’ve got some strong players. Maria Barnett had a really good match against Olivia Huber (at number two singles). That was exciting to watch,” Rohrbach said. “We had some growth opportunities, otherwise. I was really proud of our girls, though. They maintained that confidence, good attitude. Playing Mitchell is good to start the season. It kind of gives us a baseline of where we’re at, some of the things to work on, what to do for our next matches.”
Rohrbach noted that Mitchell is solid up and down its lineup.
“I believe they won state last year and then they retained a lot of their roster. They have a deep roster,” Rohrbach said. “They have a lot of good players all the way down through JV. They even have a fully developed middle school team.”
Roncalli now gets a break before returning to action next weekend at Madison.
“Really good first match. I’m really proud of the girls,” Rohrbach said. “They came out, gave it their all, had a lot of fun. I think it was just a good start to the season.”
Huron 7, Aberdeen Roncalli 2
Hallie Haskell, AR, def. Anna Claire Rubish, 10-7.
Lizzy Heinen, H, def. Maria Barnett, 10-6.
Bianca Medina, H def. River Haskell, 10-1.
Bethany Engelhart, H, def. Raley Haskell, 11-9.
Say Ma, H, def. Katherine Kretchman, 10-2.
Anne Hoek, H, def. Anna Mitzel, 10-0.
H. Haskell-Barnett, AR, def. Rubish-Heinen, 10-5.
Medina-Englehart, H, def. River Haskell-Kretchman, 10-3.
Ma-Hoek, H, def. Raley Haskell-Eva Madsen, 11-10 (7-5).
Mitchell 9, Aberdeen Roncalli 0
Atlanta Stahle, M, won by default.
Olivia Huber, M, def. Maria Barnett, 10-6.
Amber Moller, M, def. River Haskell, 10-4.
Sydney Reynolds, M, def. Raley Haskell, 10-1.
Julia Platt, M, def. Katherine Kretchman, 10-0.
Megan Mastel, M, def. Eva Madsen, 10-0.
Stahle-Huber, M, won by default.
Moller-Reynolds, M, def. River Haskell-Raley Haskell, 10-2.
Mastel-Delaney Degan, M, def. Kretchman-Mitzel, 10-1.
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