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Central sends three to semis at State AA tennis

Aberdeen Central’s Alice Vogel reaches to return a volley during a singles match against Pierre at the Elliott Extravaganza at the Holgate tennis courts. Vogel advanced to the semifinals of flight four singles at the State AA tournament in Sioux Falls on Thursday. Photo by John Davis taken 9/18/2021

SIOUX FALLS – Aberdeen Central came up big in singles before falling a bit short in doubles during the opening day of the Class AA State Tennis Tournament on Thursday.

The Golden Eagles advanced three players into the semifinals in singles and are sitting in sixth place in team points. Emily Ringgenberg at flight one, Alice Vogel at flight four and Laney Gonsor at flight five are all through to the semifinals in singles. However, all three of Central’s doubles teams lost in the same round, two of them in super-tiebreakers.

“We had a Charles Dickens sort of day,” said Central coach John Vogel referring to the best of times and worst of times line in the well-known Tale of Two Cities novel. “Singles started great with three players earning a spot in the semifinals. Emily Ringgenberg played some really mentally tough tennis to win the second set and match breaker in her match with OG. Alice played well in her match, and Laney took care of business after a close first set.”

Ringgenberg rallied from a set down, won the second set in a tiebreaker, and then prevailed in a super-tiebreaker 10-7.

The Eagles could not continue the momentum when doubles started, however.

Two of the teams lost in supers and the other in two tight sets.

“In doubles 1s and 2s easily won their first-round matches and all three teams started great in the quarterfinals (1st and 3s won first set, 2s were serving at 5-4), but then all three fell flat at the same unfortunate time,” Vogel said. “Overall, it was a fine day, but it was three sets away from an amazing day.”

The Eagles are still alive in every flight of singles and doubles. Carly Comstock, Livia Douglas and Avery Tennant along with all three doubles teams will be attempting to win consolation championships.

“The good news is, everyone is still playing,” Vogel said, “so we’ll see what (today) brings.”

Team Points: Rapid City Stevens 300, Sioux Falls Lincoln 272.5, Harrisburg 262.5, O’Gorman 199, Watertown 199, Aberdeen Central 183.5, Brandon Valley 137, Sioux Falls Jefferson 108.5, Sioux Falls Roosevelt 62, Brookings 10, Rapid City Central 0, Sioux Falls Washington 0.

SINGLES

First Flight

EMILY RINGGENBERG: def. Maya Jamous, O’Gorman, 2-6, 7-6 (7-4), 10-7.

Second Flight

CARLY COMSTOCK: def. Arianna Doty, Rapid City Central, 6-0, 6-0; lost to Grace Starr, Harrisburg, 6-3, 6-2; def. Grace Fromknecht, Sioux Falls Washington, 10-6.

Third Flight

LIVIA DOUGLAS: def. Bria Tonsager, Brookings, 6-2, 6-0; lost to Eloise Garaets, Harrisburg, 6-1, 6-2; def. Molly Mullen, Sioux Falls Washington, 10-2.

Fourth Flight

ALICE VOGEL: def. Aubrey Baker, Sioux Falls Roosevelt, 6-1 6-1.

Fifth Flight

LANEY GONSOR: def. Taya Badger, Brandon Valley, 7-6 (10-8), 6-3.

Sixth Flight

AVERY TENNANT: def. Camilla Griffin, Sioux Falls Washington, 6-1, 6-1; lost to Grace Kiner, Sioux Falls Lincoln, 6-1, 6-3; def. Abby McNaboe, Rapid City Central, 10-0.

DOUBLES

First Flight

EMILY RINGGENBERG-ALICE VOGEL: def. Tristina Ting-Paige Foster, Brookings, 6-1, 6-0; lost to Emma Rangel-Grace Starr, Harrisburg, 3-6, 6-4, 10-5; def. Lauren Betsworth-Kaylee Updegraff, Sioux Falls Roosevelt, 10-3.

Second Flight

CARLY COMSTOCK-LIVIA DOUGLAS: def. Brea Tonsager-Heather Rudd, Brookings, 6-0, 6-2; lost to Jaida Young-Grace Ortmeier, Watertown, 7-5, 6-4; def. Molly Mullen-Zoriah VanDeVendel, Sioux Falls Washington, 10-0.

Third Flight

LANEY GONSOR-CHARLEE GALVIN: lost to Emma Derynck-Grace Miner, Sioux Falls Lincoln, 3-6, 6-1, 10-6; def. Mary Rudd-Sophie Tanner, Brookings, 10-4.

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