Fergus boys close out season with two winsPublished 10:03am Thursday, May 16, 2013
The Fergus Falls boys tennis team had a good finish to the regular season Wednesday at the Broadway and Athletic courts when they downed Perham/Wadena-Deer Creek 7-0 and Alexandria 6-1 to reach an 11-5 season record. Seeding for the Section 6A tournament will take place Thursday, where the Otters are expected to get a No. 1 or No. 2 seed and will have a first round bye. They would then be scheduled to play in the semifinals on May 21.
It was senior recognition day and all five seniors were in the line-up against Perham/Wadena-Deer Creek and all played well in sweeping through their matches. Senior captain Jesse Schneeberger won the No. 1 singles match 6-3, 6-1, senior captain Sam Steen took his No. 4 singles match 6-2, 6-2; senior captain Jason Burns teamed up with Sam Rausch at No. 1 doubles and won their match handily 6-2, 6-0 and seniors Stephen Godel and Dillon Sillerud finished their Otter careers with a decisive 6-1, 6-1 victory at No. 3 doubles. Junior David Schneck got through his No. 2 singles match at 6-0, 6-2 and freshman Jordan Schneebergr powered through his No. 3 singles match in just over 20 minutes at 6-0, 6-0. John Makielski and Jake Steen finished the team sweep at No. 2 doubles with a 6-1, 6-3 victory.
In the second match against Alexandria, the match of the day was at No. 1 doubles, where Jason Burns and Sam Rausch took on Alexandria’s top two players Brendan Holm and Mathias Burban who teamed up in the No. 1 doubles slot. The match had some great shot making and numerous slam-bang net shots, and Burns and Rausch were making more of them as they played a great match to win by an impressive score of 6-1, 6-2. Jesse and Jordan Schneeberger made short work of their No. 1 and No. 3 singles matches, both sweeping through with 6-0, 6-0 wins. David Schneck controlled his #2 singles match for a 6-2, 6-3 victory and the #3 doubles team of Jake Steen and Connor Hatfield were also in control for their 6-2, 6-4 victory. The closest matches were at No. 4 singles and No. 2 doubles. Sam Steen dropped his first set at No. 4 singles 4-6, but at 3-2 in the second set he found his shot-making groove and won 9 of the final 10 games to close out the last two sets 6-3, 6-0. John Makielski and Chris Bernard at No. 2 doubles took the only loss of the day in a close 6-4, 6-3 match.
If the Otters get the expected bye in the quarterfinal round on May 20, they will be scheduled to play May 21 in the semifinals, with the finals to follow that same day. Tomorrow’s seeding will determine the time the Otters will play. The section matches are scheduled to be held at the College of St. Benedict courts in St. Joseph.