Tanager boys’ tennis played at home against Brandon Valley last Tuesday. Vermillion won several points throughout the games.

“All the boys have improved a ton since we began in March,” said Vermillion head coach Kari Jensen. “Their groundstrokes are more consistent and they are starting to understand the strategy of the game.”

In the first flight of singles, senior Ramiro Lafuente won a game against Dawson Johnson.

Lafuente and eighth-grader Caiden Mandernach won a game in the first flight of doubles. In the third flight of doubles, eighth-grader Theo Wittmuss and senior Tyler Mann won a game in the first set.

“Our serves are still our biggest weakness,” said coach Jensen. “That just takes repetition and time. I compliment the boys on the willingness to ask questions and their work ethic to improve their game. They concentrate on every drill we do at practice and love to compete.”

Vermillion travels to Yankton Tuesday for a triangular at 11 a.m.

“Many of the boys have improved so much that they have moved up the ranks in singles and doubles,” said coach Jensen. “I like that they can now have some good, quality rallies with each other at practice and with their competition at matches.”

Singles: Ramiro Lafuente v. Dawson Johnson 0-6, 1-6; Caiden Mandernach v. Landon Kocer 0-6, 0-6; Lucas Green v. Tanner Schultz 0-6, 0-6; Caleb Reins v. Auden Murray 0-6, 0-6; Tyler Mann v. Tayven Badger 0-6, 0-6; Theo Wittmuss v. Cole Murray 0-6, 0-6.w

Doubles: Lafuente/Mandernach v. Johnson/Kocer 0-6, 1-6; Green/Reins v. Schultz/A. Murray 0-6, 0-6; Wittmuss/Mann v. Badger/Mutschelknaus 0-6, 1-6.

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