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Golden Eagles finish sixth at State AA tennis

Aberdeen Central’s Livia Douglas reaches to return a volley during a singles match against St. Thomas More at the Holgate Middle School tennis courts earlier this season. Douglas teamed with Carly Comstock to win fifth place at the State AA Tennis Tournament in Sioux Falls on Friday. Photo by John Davis taken 9/13/2021

SIOUX FALLS – A variety of Aberdeen Central players found their way to the podium during the final day of the Class AA State Tennis Tournament on Friday.

The Golden Eagles finished sixth in team points with 215.5. Rapid City Stevens won the state championship title.

Emily Ringgenberg at flight one singles, Alice Vogel at flight four singles and Laney Gonsor at flight five singles, all lost their semifinal matches and ended up taking fourth. Carly Comstock at flight two singles and Avery Tennant at flight six singles each finished sixth.

“It was a rough morning in singles,” said Central coach John Vogel. “Emily struggled against eventual champ Avery Summers (of Sioux Falls Jefferson), Alice fell down 1-6, 1-4 before she woke up, getting to a tiebreaker in the second. Laney played fine, but ran into solid players. Carly and Avery won their first match, but came in sixth.”

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Comstock and Livia Douglas had turned in the match of the day, rallying for a 10-9 victory to earn fifth place at flight two doubles.

“In doubles, the highlight was 2s coming back from 4-8 down against OG to earn fifth place and a spot on the podium,” Vogel said. “1s had two matchpoints, but lost in a breaker to Watertown, 3s also lost to Watertown finishing in 6th place.”

It proved to be a tourney of a lot of close matches for the Golden Eagles.

“Instead of dwelling on the near misses over the past couple of days, we’re focusing on how we improved from our eighth finish from last year,” Vogel said, “and looking forward to bringing everyone back and improving even more next year.”

Team Points: Rapid City Stevens 469.5, Harrisburg 445, Sioux Falls Lincoln 403.5, O’Gorman 278.5, Watertown 269, Aberdeen Central 215.5, Brandon Valley 171.5, Sioux Falls Jefferson 148.5, Sioux Falls Roosevelt 62, Brookings 10, Rapid City Central 0, Sioux Falls Washington 0.

SINGLES

First Flight

EMILY RINGGENBERG: lost to Avery Summers, Sioux Falls Jefferson, 6-0, 6-1; lost to Alastrina Scott, Rapid City Stevens, 10-0. FOURTH PLACE.

Second Flight

CARLY COMSTOCK: def. Josie Heyn, Watertown, 10-7; lost to Marie Pelletier, Brandon Valley, 10-1. SIXTH PLACE.

Third Flight

LIVIA DOUGLAS: lost to Adriauna Alexander, Brandon Valley, 10-6.

Fourth Flight

ALICE VOGEL: lost to Leyla Meester, Watertown, 6-3, 6-2; lost to Ceclia Bender, O’Gorman 10-4. FOURTH PLACE.

Fifth Flight

LANEY GONSOR: lost to Madeline Grabow, Harrisburg, 6-1, 6-3; lost to Ellie Huber, O’Gorman, 10-4. FOURTH PLACE.

Sixth Flight

AVERY TENNANT: def. Melia Thelen, Brandon Valley, 10-2; lost to Lucy Koziara, O’Gorman, 10-4. SIXTH PLACE.

DOUBLES

Flight Flight

EMILY RINGGENBERG-ALICE VOGEL: lost to Ellie Zink-Josie Heyn, Watertown, 10-9.

Second Flight

CARLY COMSTOCK-LIVIA DOUGLAS: def. Aubrey Baker-Brielle Baker, Sioux Falls Roosevelt, 10-0; def. Anika McDowell-Ceclia Bender, O’Gorman, 10-9. FIFTH PLACE.

Third Flight

LANEY GONSOR-CHARLEE GALVIN: def. Berit Hefti-Madison Nelson, Sioux Falls Roosevelt, 10-2; lost to Leyla Meester-Sophia Nichols, Watertown, 10-5. SIXTH PLACE.

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