Otter boys serve up loss to St. Cloud Apollo 6-1Published 11:02am Friday, May 3, 2013
SARTELL — The Fergus Falls boys tennis team defeated the Apollo Eagles for the second time in this short season, this time by a 6-1 margin.
Due to cold and wind, the match was played indoors at the Everytime Fitness Center in Sartell. Three of the matches were 6-0, 6-0 wins as the Otters played very well throughout their matches. Third singles player Jordan Schneeberger was the first off the courts with his 6-0, 6-0 win, placing his shots well and making few errors in his win. The first doubles team of Jason Burns and Sam Rausch played arguably their best match thus far this season in their 6-0, 6-0 win. They served well, struck their shots well, played serve and volley well and covered their court with energy and efficiency. The last match to get on the available open courts was at second singles, where the Otters’ David Schneck made short work of the match with his 6-0, 6-0 victory. He served very well and placed deep shots well, and came to the net for a number of put-away shots, exhibiting an excellent all-around game. Playing at No. 1 singles, Jesse Schneeberger broke open a close first set to win the last three games for a 6-3 set, then was energized by a great defensive save early in the second set to steal a point and went on from there to blast a number of strong winners in running out the second set 6-1.
Second doubles players Brady Anderson and John Makielski controlled their match throughout for a convincing 6-1, 6-1 victory. The third doubles team of Nathan Kaminski-Horak and Jake Steen lost their first game, then reeled off 12 straight games to win their match handily, 6-1, 6-0. The only match loss for the Otters came at fourth singles where Sam Steen became ill mid-way through his first set, stayed to finish that set which he lost 3-6, then had to default as he was unable to carry on into a second set. With limited court availability, there were no JV matches.
“I was quite proud of our first doubles duo, as we worked on serve and volley and some shot-making ideas in practice yesterday and they came out and executed those things flawless today in this match,” noted Otter coach Norm Newell. “They had their best match thus far this year. David Schneck had a really good serving day and backed it up with a full array of shot-making from all angles on the court in an excellent display of high level tennis. Jesse Schneeberger was pushed in the first set of his match today, but displayed his arsenal of hard-ball and well placed shots in the second set to win the last five games in a very determined effort.”
The Otters travel back to the St. Cloud area again Friday as they play undefeated section foe Foley at 2 p.m. and Sartell at 4:00 p.m. at the Sartell High School courts.