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2017-2018 Season

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The Tigers expected to improve over last season.  With players gaining much needed experience, they were confident they could improve in the standings.

South opened the season with two non-conference matches.  The first was against Richfield.  Even though Richfield won 6-1, the Tigers showed grit, battling for every points.  Emme Sugnet, at third singles, defeated her opponent 6-4, 7-6.

In the match against Robbinsdale Cooper, the Tigers improved even though they lost 5-2.  Second singles, Nisa Khairunnisa won her match 6-4, 6-1, as did the first doubles team of Meadow Kinder and Emme Sugnet, 6-1, 6-3.  Maybe the most exciting match of the day was at third doubles.  Even though Lidia Castillo lost, it was in s super tie breaker.

The Tigers opened their conference season against Henry.  South defeated the Patriots 6-1. Second Singles Lidia Castillo, 6-1, 6-2, and third singles LilI Anderson, 6-1, 6-1, both won. The first doubles team of Emme Sugnet and Meadow Kinder won 6-0, 6-0. Henry did not have a #4 singles player, and a #2 and #3 doubles team and forfeited those points.

The Tigers and Bloomington Eagles clashed in a tough match on September 9. South prevailed 4-3. It was a significant win for the ten players that showed up for the match. Sophomore Meadow Kinder has continued to impress with much improved play from last year to become one of our strongest players on the team, singles or doubles. She won at the second singles, 6-1, 6-2. Number 4 singles, Lili Anderson, won 4-6, 6-4, 10-8 A great match in which the freshman prevailed with consistent athletic play. During this long match, Lili showed great mental toughness. Emiliy Weepie and Nadia Hinman, at first doubles, won 6-4, 6-1 The senior and sophomore combined aggressive and well placed shots to overcome their opponents. The match was tied at 3-3, with all the matched except the third singles. Senior Lidia Castillo won 5-7, 12-10, 10-7. Because the first set took so long to play, they played two super tiebreaks (both coaches agreed to this) in lieu of full sets. She lost the first set but won both tie break sets to win the match. It was a great effort on her part which clinched South winning the match

The Tigers returned to conference play against Washburn.  The Millers Handed the Tigers a 7-0 win.

In an unusual turn, South participated in a tournament, and their first was Washburn!  The Millers again won 7-0.  In the second match, South took on Spring Lake Park.  With the Panthers leading 3-1, the rains came and the match was stopped.  Because of the rain, the Panthers were declared the winner, and the match with Holy Angels was cancelled.

South took on Roosevelt on September 18.  With the match tied 3-3, it became too dark and the remainder of the match was postponed.  It was finished on October 9. Fourth singles player Cassandra Rios by forfeit.  The first double team of Nadia Hinman & Emme Sugnet won 6-4, 6-3, as did the second doubles team of Lidia Castillo & Stella Schaefer-Brown, 4-6, 6-2, 7-5. As the third doubles match was progressing, Sofie Boyd & Jennifer Aniceto_Dominguez  were definitely in the match, but it was suspended due to darkness.  The scores was 4-6, 6-6, with Sofie serving when the match was stopped.

The Tigers participated in another tournament.  This time all the matches were completed.  Cannon Falls took the first one 7-0.  LeSueur-Henderson also won 7-0-.  Faribault finished the trifecta winning 6-1. Second singles player Emme Sugnet was the only Tiger to register a win, 6-1, 7-5. 6-4

The Tigers faced Edison in another conference match.  The Tigers played flawless winning 5-2.  First Singles Meadow Kinder won 6-0, 6-0, and fourth singles Samantha Negrete 7-5, 6-1. The first doubles team of Emily Weepie & Emme Sugnet won 6-1, 6-1.  The other two doubles teams, Jennifer Aniceto Dominguez& Sheyla Aniceto, and Lidia Castillo & Ella Parish won by forfeit.

South finished the conference season with a 7-0 loss to conference champion Southwest.

In the Region 6AA tournament, South fell to Hopkins 7-0, which normally would have ended the season.  However, there was still the issue of the unfinished match against Roosevelt.

On October 9, South and Roosevelt finished their match.  Unfortunately Sofie Boyd & Jennifer Aniceto_Dominguez, who had the momentum when the match was stopped, were not able to come from behind and win.  This one match showed the closeness of the team as they all showed up to cheer on their teammates.

South ended the season with a 2-3 conference record, in fourth place.  Overall, the Tigers had a 3-11 record.