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BV’s Buse-Sadler get to title match
Lady Lynx land 10th place at state
By By Jill Meier
Challenger editor

October 09. 2012 10:43AM
Jesse Gladis and the Lady Lynx proved they are a top-10 team.

And they proved that at last week’s Class AA State Tournament by collecting 245 points over three chilly October days in Rapid City to claim 10th place.

“We had a great tournament and ended up with more points than we’ve ever had,” Gladis said. “We are a top 10 team again and we owe a lot of it to the hard work and commitment of the girls and their families.”

Brandon Valley achieved the top-10 ranking behind the run of their No. 2 doubles team, underclassmen Erin Buse and Jessica Sadler. Coming off an Eastern South Dakota Conference No. 2 doubles title, Buse and Sadler rolled over Milbank’s Biersbach and Waletich 6-3, 6-2 in their opening match, setting the stage for a battle against O’Gorman’s Brower and Czarnecki.

The Lynx duo continued to roll against Brower and Czarnecki, as they built a 5-2 edge in the first set, before the momentum went the Knights way, allowing them to pull off the 7-5 win.

Aggressive play by Brandon Valley’s Buse and Sadler earned them the second set, a 6-4 win.

The Lynx duo earned the right to advance to the semifinals after upending O’Gorman 10-6 in the tiebreak set.

“They (Erin and Jessica) were very aggressive, getting up to the net and letting tennis develop for them until they were able to put the ball away or force an error from O’Gorman,” Gladis said.

Following the O’Gorman win, Gladis said he was concerned the girls “would be too wiped out and out of their heads to play another match.” But to his surprise, Buse and Sadler responded with a solid 7-5, 7-6(4) victory against Aberdeen Roncalli’s Hanson and Carrels.

“They picked up where they left off, beating a team in Aberdeen Roncalli that had only two losses during the regular season,” Gladis said. “The girls were aggressive again and let the points develop. Jess was consistent from the baseline, keeping the ball deep, which gave Erin a lot of opportunity at the net to move and close points out.”

The three-victory run set the stage for a finals showdown against Roosevelt’s Kortan and Shogren, who went on to win the match 6-2, 6-1.

“I think the girls got a little jumpy and wanted to finish points too fast,” Gladis said.
“We went for too much against a team that didn’t make many errors and were flawless at the net. Erin and Jessica left everything on the court and never gave up, but it was Roosevelt’s turn. “

In No. 5 singles, Sadler battled her way to the ninth place match after losing her opening match to Lincoln’s Emily Whitney. She then rolled off three wins before meeting up with Whitney again in a very close ninth place match, which Sadler fell short in, 10-8.

Gladis said the squad, as a whole, played some great tennis.

Senior Haylee Thomas (No. 4 singles) beat Strait from Watertown in a great first round match that helped the Lynx stay in the top 10. She also teamed up with eighth grader Emily Konz (No. 3 doubles) and mentored her through her first state tournament.

“Haylee really helped teach Emily how keeping your composure during a match leads to great tennis,” Gladis said. “She had a great year and we will really miss her leadership next year.”

Makenzie Marso wrapped up her season with a first round match victory before facing No. 1-seeded Sidney Brower (O’Gorman), who chiseled out a pair of 6-1 set wins against Marso.

Marso and her No. 1 doubles partner, Hanna Mutschelknaus also made some noise at the state show, despite receiving some tough draws. “They really played hard,” Gladis said. “They are young and felt a lot of pressure but I think grew a lot this year and are ready to work even harder than they did the last off-season to better themselves for next year.”

Gladis also cited the play of Buse in her No. 1 singles position. “She played amazing all tournament,” Gladis said. “She really grew mentally this season … and is getting the attention of a lot of fans and coaches from other towns.”

Team scores: O’Gorman 689; R.C. Stevens 559; S.F. Roosevelt 549.5; St. Thomas More 422; Aberdeen Roncalli 413; S.F. Washington 380; Aberdeen Central 375.5; Pierre 296.5; Watertown 286; Brandon Valley 245; R.C. Central 163; Yankton 162; S.F. Lincoln 118; Huron 101; Brookings 94; Milbank 81; Mitchell 71; Madison 50; Spearfish 29; Vermillion 0.

Lady Lynx results
Singles – Flight 1: Morgan Brower (O’G) def. Erin Buse (BV) 6-3, 6-3; Consolation – Buse def. Abby Weiss (Ver) 8-0; Buse def. Hannah Lynch (Mad) 802; Kendall Tucker (RCC) def. Buse 8-3.

Flight 2: Hanna Mutschelknaus (BV) def. Emma Lucchesi (Bro) 7-5, 6-2; Denali Raforth (StM) def. Mutschelknaus 6-1, 6-4; Consolation – Tianna Duda (RCC) def. Mutschelknaus 9-7.

Flight 3: Makenzie Marso (BV) def. Colette Christensen (RCC) 6-4, 7-5; Sidney Brower (O’G) def. Marso 6-1, 6-1; Erica Hanson (AbC) def. Marso 8-2.

Flight 4: Haylee Thomas (BV) def. Sydney Strait (Wat) 7-5, 4-6, 10-8; Samantha Czarnecki (O’G) def. Thomas 6-1, 6-0; Paige Prissel (AbC) def. Thomas 8-3.

Flight 5: Emily Whitney (SFL) def. Jessica Sadler (BV) 6-3, 7-5; Consolation – Sadler def. Kim Cap (Yan) 8-1; Sadler def. Hannah Olson (Mad) 8-0; Sadler def. Devorah Collins (RCC) 8-4; 9th place match – Emily Whitney (SFL) def. Sadler 10-8.

Flight 6: Kelly Brusven (Pie) def. Jessie Valentien (BV) 6-4, 6-1; Consolation – Chelsey Christensen (RCC) def. Valentien 8-1.

Doubles – Flight 1: Makenzie Marso-Hanna Mutschelknaus (BV) def. Lucchesi-Lucchesi (Bro) 6-0, 6-1; Bunkers-Stiegenthaler (SFR) def Marso-Mutschelknaus 6-1, 6-2; Consolation – Marso-Mutschelknaus def. Kurtz-Biersbach 8-3; Tucker-Duda (RCC) def. Marso-Mutschelknaus 9-8(4).

Flight 2: Erin Buse-Jessica Sadler (BV) def. Biersbach-Waletich (Mil) 6-3, 6-2; BV def. Brower-Czarnecki (O’G) 5-7, 6-4, 10-6; Buse-Sadler def. Hanson-Carrels (AbR) 7-5, 7-6(4); Championship – Kortan-Shogren (SFR) def. Buse-Sadler 6-2, 6-1.

Flight 3: Cap-Frank (Yan) def. Haylee Thomas-Emily Konz (BV) 7-5, 3-6,12-10; Consolation – Thomas-Konz def. Olson-Swenson (Mad) 8-4; He-Hildebrant (Bro) def. Thomas-Konz 8-5.

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