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SD Asfora/Clayton Junior Open

Sioux Falls Argus Leader:

With the dominating tennis program that O'Gorman has built over the years, the results of the Asfora/Clayton South Dakota Junior Open tennis tournament should have come as little surprise.

Just as they'd done throughout the high school season, several Knights left their mark Sunday at McKennan Park and came away with three titles on the day.

Senior and foreign exchange student Adam Kianicka put together a couple of the more impressive performances among O'Gorman players, winning the boys 18-and-under singles title and the boys 18 doubles title alongside fellow Knight Anthony Rauschenbach.

"The competition here is probably a little bit better than it was during the high school season," said Kianicka, who defeated Watertown junior Jordan Feige 6-0, 6-3 for the singles title. "It was my first USTA tournament, so I was really excited and prepared well. I played a guy from Minneapolis, which was really interesting. I really enjoyed it."

Aside from facing some of the better tennis players in the Midwest, Kianicka, a Flight 3 state champion, also faced South Dakota players from higher flights that he had not seen, notably, Feige and Connor Forney of Pierre, who finished fourth and fifth, respectively in Flight 1 at the state meet this season.

The Slovakian handled most opponents with ease, but admitted Fiege gave him a solid run in the final set of the championship match.

"He started being a little consistent and I got a little nervous in the beginning (of the set)," Kianicka said. "Fortunately I finished it and it's a good result."

Kianicka's doubles win also came against an unfamiliar foe as he and Rauschenbach found themselves opposite O'Gorman teammate Tommy Entwistle and Washington senior Conner Tieszen in the semifinals.

Rauschenbach insisted that playing against a teammate really wasn't anything out of the ordinary.

"I've played (Entwistle) in a lot of tournaments, so it's not that weird. We're used to it I guess." said Rauschenbach, who helped push past the Sioux Falls duo 8-2 before he and Kianicka defeated Minnesota players Asteway Adams and Mason Bultje 8-5 for the title.

Despite missing out on the doubles championship, Entwistle claimed the boys 16-and-under singles title after Rapid City Central junior Nathanial Cherry retired due to illness.

Other local winners included the girls 14-and-under doubles team of Samantha Czarnecki (Sioux Falls) and Lindsey Tibbles (Rapid City); the boys 16-and-under doubles team of William Trevillyan (Valley Springs) and Daniel Duffy (Rapid City); and 12 year-old Kaleb Dobbs of Sioux Falls.

Dobbs won the boys 12-and-under championship with a 6-1, 6-0 win over North Knewtson of Fargo with a fairly calculated game plan that worked almost to perfection.

"I was moving him side to side so he'd get worn out and then in that second set, he couldn't hit his winners like he normally would," said Dobbs, who also won the boys 12-and-under doubles title with his 10 year-old brother, Sam.

The Dobbs duo was just points away from sharing the court again, this time in a singles title tilt, before Sam fell to Knewtson 4-6, 6-3, 10-7 in the semifinals.

The brother vs. brother dynamic wouldn't have been anything new for the siblings, though.

"We've done it before," said Kaleb, hinting that he still would have come out on top. "It's probably for the best that we didn't play."

 

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