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Cavaliers split tennis duals at Brookings Jamboree

Aberdeen Roncalli’s Anna Mitzel returns a volley during a singles match against St. Thomas More last season at the Northern State University tennis courts. Mitzel won a pair of singles matches and was also part of a doubles win on Saturday in Brookings. Photo by John Davis taken 9/12/2022

BROOKINGS – Aberdeen Roncalli split a pair of girls’ tennis matches Saturday, falling 7-2 to Yankton before rallying for a 6-3 win over Brookings during the Brookings Jamboree.

Cavalier coach Jason Haskell said it was an admittedly slow start for his squad during the Yankton match, but noted Anna Mitzel was a bright spot in that dual.

Mitzell claimed a 10-8 win over Yankton’s Evelyne Lima-Zapon, and followed that up with a tiebreaker win in the Brookings match.

“(The Yankton match) was a match where she had to continually up her game to match the level of her opponent and she did,” Haskell said. “Very proud of her effort today.”

Roncalli’s top singles player Katherine Kretchman returned home with just one win on the day, but still earned a note of praise from her coach.

“Katherine’s effort and play were not indicative of the score against Yankton,” Haskell said. “The Krajewski twins (Nora and Sabrina) always bring their best game and Katherine made (Nora) earn her victory. Lots of long rallies.”

Despite the tough loss to Yankton to begin the day, Haskell said the Cavaliers were able to right the ship a bit against Brookings.

“All the girls looked more like themselves in singles against Brookings,” he said. “We won five of our six singles matchups. It felt good to end the day on a high note.”

Roncalli will host Milbank on Tuesday in a 4 p.m. matchup at the NSU Courts in the Cavaliers’ home opener.

Yankton 7, Roncalli 2.

Complete results not available.

Roncalli 6, Brookings 3


Katherine Kretchman, AR, def. Sophie Tanner, 10-3.

River Haskell, AR, def. Elle Schulte-Coplan, 10-4.

Raley Haskell, AR, def. Anika Hooda, 10-7.

Anna Mitzel, AR, def. Yuki Zhu, 10-9 (5).

Keira Rivett, AR, def. Nancy Yang, 10-8.

Josie Bertrand, B, def. Josie Mitzel, 10-2.


Tanner-Schulte-Coplan, BRK, def. Kretchman-Ri. Haskell, 10-8.

Hooda-Zhu, BRK, def. Ra. Haskell-Rivett, 10-8.

A. Mitzel-J. Mitzel, AR, def. Yang-Bertrand, 10-6.

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