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MMC Signs Three YHS Tennis Stand Outs to Inaugural Roster


Published Date5\10\2012
Mount Marty College is proud to announce the athletic signing of three Yankton High School tennis players. Vanessa Rockne, Lexie Klimisch, and Danielle Gill have all agreed to play this fall for the Lancers on the women’s tennis inaugural team.

Head women's tennis coach, Rob Klimisch is excited with the commitments. "I really went into recruiting for the season thinking that I'd be happy with a total of 3 or 4 recruits and then fill the rest of the roster with current MMC student-athletes. I couldn’t believe the response I got when I started asking players for commitments. To be able to sign some of the best talent in the state in our first year in existence is unbelievable."

Vanessa Rockne holds the YHS school record for most career individual wins. For the 2011-12 season she finished second in the ESD conference for the first flight and took fifth in the first flight in the state tournament as well. Rockne was first in the ESD conference for the first flight in the 2010-11 season and also finished fourth in the state tournament in the first flight. She was named as this year's Most Valuable Player and named to the Academic All-State team. The daughter of Tom and Leanne Rockne of Yankton, she is undecided in her major at MMC. In addition to her athletic award Rockne is also receiving one of Mount Marty's prestigious scholarships, the Dean’s Scholarship, and a Catholic Leadership Award.

Lexie Klimisch stands second in the YHS record books for most career individual wins. For the 2011-12 season she finished first in the second flight in the ESD conference and finished fifth in the second flight at the state tournament. For the 2010-11 season Klimisch finished first in the ESD and second in the state for the number two flight. She was named to the Academic All-State team for 2011-12. The daughter of Rob and Susie of Yankton, Klimisch plans to study nursing at Mount Marty. In addition to her tennis award she has also been awarded one of MMC's prestigious academic scholarships, the Benedictine Scholarship.

Danielle Gill is listed in the YHS record books for her tennis efforts and individual career wins as well. For the 2011-12 season she finished as the consolation winner at state in the fourth flight. She also was named to the Academic All-State team for 2011-12. However, Gill's skills expand beyond tennis and she is prepared to be a two-sport athlete at MMC. She has signed on to play as a goal keeper for the soccer program also. The daughter of Joe and Laura Gill of Yankton, Gill plans to major in nursing at Mount Marty. In addition to her athletic awards she is also receiving one of MMC's prestigious academic scholarships, the Trustee Scholarship.

Coach Klimisch is ready to start the season. "It was so great to have this program start at MMC. To be able to keep these players in Yankton and have that support system around is just fantastic. A lot of the players on the roster have already met and they just really seem to click. It's going to be an exciting season."

Women's tennis will be the 16th intercollegiate sport and NAIA Championship sport at Mount Marty College, and the ninth of the eleven Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) institutions to offer women's tennis. For more information visit www.mmclancers.com or contact head women’s coach, Rob Klimisch at robert.klimisch@mtmc.edu.