Philip Hauck

Senior Phillip Hauck returns the ball in doubles last Thursday.

Vermillion boys’ tennis played in a dual against Sioux Falls Christian last Thursday on the home court.

“We need to continue to execute each point,” said head coach Kari Jensen. “The boys are having some great rallies but are still the ones making the mistake at the end to lose the point—hitting it out of bounds or in the net. We need to lower those mistakes and increase our consistency.”

The team is improving their game, especially the newest players.

Junior Trevor Tarr was picked up at the beginning of the season, and senior Emile Khan joined the season last week. Coach Jensen attracts new players by saying how playing tennis benefits other sports.

“There are lateral skills, hand-eye coordination and mental toughness that are all displayed in tennis,” said coach Jensen. “It's the perfect footwork for football players, and the hand-eye coordination needed is beneficial for other sports as well.”

Going into the season, the tennis team did not have a full roster. Jensen asked the football coach for potential players which led to Tarr completing the tennis team.

“This year I only had five players, and six are needed for a full roster, so I asked Coach Homan if he had any boys in the weight room that were not in a spring sport,” said coach Jensen on how Tarr started playing tennis. “Now that he has been playing, I think he is enjoying it. He has improved a ton just in the few weeks he has been on the team. He is a good athlete, so I wasn't worried.”

The Tanagers will play on Monday at Sioux Falls Roosevelt at 4 p.m. This will be their last match before the state meet in two weeks at Sioux Falls.

Singles: Liam Mechling v. Landon Levenhagen 0-6, 1-6; Ramiro Lafuente v. Daniel Puumala 2-6, 0-6; Emile Khan v. Collin Harmelink 2-6, 1-6; Nic Harris v. Jadon Munson 0-6, 0-6; Phillip Hauck v. Dylan Aukes 3-6, 2-6; Trevor Tarr v. Easton Prins 1-6, 0-6

Doubles: Mechling/Lafuente v. Levenhagen/Puumala 0-6, 3-6; Harris/Khan v. Munson/Woodward 4-6, 0-6; Hauck/Tarr v. Harmelink/Prins 0-6, 1-6

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