Liam Mechling

Vermillion's Liam Mechling hits a return shot during his flight two singles match against Yankton's Michael Frick, part of a boys' tennis triangular on Tuesday in Yankton.

The Vermillion boys’ tennis team went to Yankton this past Tuesday for a triangular against the host team and Sioux City Heelan to kick off the Tanagers’ spring season.

Vermillion lost in varsity singles by one game to Sioux City Heelan, 3-4, but went 1-1 in doubles. The Tanagers also fell to Yankton 0-7 in singles.

“For our first match I thought the boys played hard,” said head coach Kari Jensen. “I saw some positive shots and other areas we need to work on.”

Against Sioux City Heelan, junior Liam Mechling lost in the second flight of singles 4-10. In the third flight, junior Nic Harris fell 6-10. Sophomore Ramiro Lafuente won in a close one, 10-8 in the fifth flight. Senior Phillip Hauck lost 8-10 in the fifth flight. In the sixth flight, senior Ross Dahlhoff swept the competition to win 10-0.

In varsity doubles against Sioux City Heelan, Mechling and Hauck fell in a narrow 8-10 game in the second flight. Harris and Lafuente swept theirs, 10-0.

This is coach Jensen’s first season coaching the boys, but it is not her first-time coaching tennis for the Tanagers.

“I really enjoyed coaching the girls in the fall, so when Mr. Huska asked if I would like to coach the boys, I couldn't pass it up,” said coach Jensen. “The boys work hard and have all played tennis in the past.”

Coach Jensen is also hoping to gain another experienced player so Vermillion can have a complete team.

The Vermillion boys will compete again next Thursday at home against Luverne at 4 p.m.

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