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Midgets hope momentum is still with them

Dickinson High girls tennis coach Kristal Fields said her team's season has been full of ups and downs. Though they fell victim to a slow start this season, the Midgets can completely redeem themselves when the West Region tournament starts today...

Dickinson High girls tennis coach Kristal Fields said her team's season has been full of ups and downs.

Though they fell victim to a slow start this season, the Midgets can completely redeem themselves when the West Region tournament starts today on various courts throughout Minot.

The team portion starts at noon when No. 7 seed Dickinson takes on second-seeded Williston. That wraps up on Friday when individual matches start, which are followed by doubles competition.

Fields said Dickinson is looking at the West Region tournament as a new beginning.

"The girls came into practice on Monday with a new outlook," Fields said. "It was the first day to a new season."

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If the Midgets are to turn heads, they'll likely need stellar play from No. 1 singles player Tiffany Reisenauer.

Reisenauer, a senior, is finishing up her fifth and final year at the varsity level. She said the season has been a roller coaster ride thus far.

"We've hit the highest highs and the lowest lows," Reisenauer said.

Fields said Reisenauer's leadership has been instrumental this season in which she was also named team captain.

"It's been nice for the coaching staff to have a girl of that leadership ability in the captain position," Fields said. "She gives moral support and guidance."

Reisenauer teams up with junior Chelsey Galipeau to give the Midgets a formidable doubles team. At the state meet last season, the two finished in fourth place.

Galipeau has been hampered by injuries this season and had the day off on Wednesday, so she's ready for today's action.

Reisenauer said she's extremely confident in her teammate's abilities.

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"She has just as much drive as she (ever) did," Reisenauer said. "She's a really good mental player."

As for the rest of the Midgets, Reisenauer said the team is over its early-season struggles.

"We have a lot of good chemistry," Reisenauer said. "We're clicking a lot better now."

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