PIERRE, S.D. (Dakota Radio Group) The Pierre Governor tennis team opened the season with a pair of wins yesterday as they downed Mitchell and Rapid City Central at the Griffin Park Courts. The Governors opened the day with an 8-1 win over the Kernals and then followed that up with a 7-2 win over Rapid City Central. Hans Leong won his match against Jacob Cerosimo 10-3 in the Governors win over Mitchell at number 1 singles and Leong teamed with Jared Smith at number 1 doubles to down Tate Crago and Alex Hegg 10-2. The Governors got wins from Nathan Ellenbecker, Smith, Connor Shoop and Ethan Case at number 2 throu 6 singles losing only at number 5 with Brandon Vockrodt. Ellenbecker and Shoop won at number 2 doubles and Vockrodt teamed with Mitchell Hanson to win at number 3 doubles. In the Governors win over Rapid City Central, Leong lost to Nate Cherry 10-8 at number 1 singles and Cherry and Gavin Fenske defeated Leong and Smith at number 1 doubles for the only two Cobbler wins. Governor head coach Jeff Schlekeway says the team played solid throughout the day. Pierre returns to the court on Saturday when they travel to Huron for matches against Watertown, Sioux Falls Lincoln and Huron.
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