Fergus boys tennis takes two in finalePublished 7:54am Monday, May 19, 2014 Updated 8:55am Monday, May 19, 2014
PARK RAPIDS — The Fergus Falls boys tennis team is gearing itself up for another state run and after Friday’s triangular, that saw the Otters take a 6-1 win over Park Rapids and a 4-3 victory over Bemidji, it looks like they are ready.
In match one, the Otters mixed up its rotation and saw a sweep in singles and two wins in doubles as it defeated Park Rapids.
Jordan Schneeberger, moving up to number one singles, easily defeated his opponent 6-0, 6-0, while original number one singles player, David Schneck, teamed with Sam Rausch in number one doubles and claimed a 6-0, 6-0 victory.
Brady Anderson, Cody Drake and Chris Bernard each claimed two-set victories in singles in the match.
The duo of John Makielski and Jake Steen teamed in number two doubles to win 6-1, 6-3. The team of Nathan Kaminski-Horak and Tyler Hobbs played a tough three-set battle but fell in a tie-breaker losing 6-4, 3-6, 11-9.
In match two, both coaches agreed to produce its best doubles line-up in gearing up for the section tournament. The Otters were able to edge the Lumberjacks 4-3.
Schneck would move back to number one singles and win an easy 6-0, 6-0 contest and Drake would take a two-set match at number two singles 6-0, 6-3.
The Lumberjacks would take the other two singles spots as Nick Johnson and Jacob Viger each fell in straight sets for the Otters.
In number one doubles, the duo of Anderson and Schneeberger fell 6-2, 6-1. The Otters would rally in number two and three doubles as the teams of Rausch and Makielski, and Bernard and Steen would claim two-set victories.
“Park Rapids had an inexperienced team and we took care of business there as we should have,” Otters’ coach Norm Newell said. “Against Bemidji, the coaches agreed to give their best doubles line-ups a pre-tournament test by matching them up. I’m happy to say the Fergus Falls doubles teams pulled out 2 of 3 matches. It was some really high level doubles tennis and fun to watch.”
The triangular marks the end of the Otters regular season as it finished 14-4 and will take on Crookston in the Section 8A semifinal match at East Grand Forks High School at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. If the Otters win, they would play at 2 p.m. in the section championship.