Milbank competed in a two-day tournament in Madison Friday and Saturday, August 23- 24, and came away with solid play. “There were eight different teams competing in this event,” stated girls head tennis coach Abbey Trapp. “Everyone played great and placed in the tournament.”
Singles play was conducted on Friday. Senior Rhianna Cantine and junior Jenna Johnson both placed second overall. Junior Halli Essington took third place while senior Rhianna Welberg captured fifth. Sophomore Alexis Ninneman finished sixth, and eighth grader Hope Karels placed eighth overall. Karels filled in for sophomore Hattie Muellenbach who was out with an injury.
A doubles tournament was held on Saturday. All three doubles teams from Milbank finished fourth overall on the day.
The number one doubles pair of Essington and Muellenbach finished 1-2 on the day.
They won 8-5 over Huron but fell 2-8 and 4-8 to Rapid City Christian and Aberdeen Roncalli, respectively.
The number two pair of Welberg and Cantine completed the day with a 1-2 record. They won 8-2 over Huron before dropping 2-8 and 4-8 to RC Christian and Madison. The final pair, at number three doubles, was Johnson and Ninneman. They also wrapped up the day with a 1-2 record. The pair won 8-3 over Huron but lost to RC Christian (score unknown) and 2-8 to Madison.
High school girl’s tennis split into two classes this year. Milbank will compete in Class A, which is made up of Roncalli, Huron, Lennox, Madison, Milbank, Pierre, RC Christian, Spearfish, Vermillion, and Yankton.
Class AA is comprised of the four Sioux Falls schools, the two Rapid City public schools, Aberdeen Central, Brandon Valley, Brookings, Harrisburg, St. Thomas More, and Watertown.
Coach Trapp is in her first year leading the Lady Bulldogs. She teaches middle and high school special education within the district.
Three seniors will head up the leadership this year. They are Rhianna Cantine, Rhianna Welberg, and Kayla Bury. Essington and Johnson are the juniors on the team, and Muellenbach and Ninneman are sophomores. Rounding out the team will be Hope Karels and seventh grader Chloe Priebe.
Following is the remaining schedule for this season:
August 30 – triangular at Lac qui Parle Valley, MN, with Marshall, MN
September 2 – home with Staley, MO
September 3 – at Aberdeen with Central and Roncalli
September 9 – at Montevideo
September 10 – home with Watertown
September 13-14 – at Brandon Valley tournament
September 21 – at Aberdeen Central tournament
September 23 – home with Pipestone Area, MN
September 24 – home with Lennox, Aberdeen Roncalli, and Aberdeen Central
September 30 – home with Yellow Medicine East, MN
October 7-8 – state tournament at Sioux Falls
Pictured: Back row – left to right – Hattie Muellenbach, Halli Essington, Lydia Street, Jenna Johnson, Rhianna Welberg, and Alexis Ninneman.
Front row – left to right – student manager Aubrey Fraasch, Chloe Priebe, Hope Karels, Rhianna Cantine, and Kayla Bury.