LITCHFIELD — Litchfield boys tennis fell to Delano 5-2 on Tuesday, but not without a series of tiebreakers.
Dragons head coach John Carlson credited the team with their effort against the Tigers.
“I honestly felt like our kids were doing some really good things,” Carlson said. “We have a lot of young kids where this was the first time they were in tough matches like this and to their credit everybody battled and they just hopefully learned from today and they can be better down the road.”
Alex Draeger was the lone Dragon to finish with a victory in singles, finishing with a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Dylan Teig at No. 1 singles.
“He (Draeger) provides good leadership and works very hard for us, whether in games, in practice or during the offseason,” Carlson said.
Senior Tyson Michels and teammate Braeden Olson earned a victory at No. 1 doubles over Hunter Elwood and Parker Sjomeling, both sets resulting in 6-2 finishes.
Creighton Huhner lost to the Tigers’ John Lahlum in a tiebreaker at No. 4 singles. And, Max Caesar and Tyler Pennertz lost in a tiebreaker to Ray Gust and Craig Halonen at No. 2 doubles. Delano’s No. 2 doubles team of Ben Poll and Karl Halonen downed Litchfield’s Aiden Nelson and Nathan Wuotila.
Carlson could still see the silver lining following the loss.
“It’s always good to play teams that are similar in that they challenge you, expose your weaknesses and show you the importance of getting back to work (in practice) and trying to get a little better,” he said. “Tennis is a unique game where once the momentum switches, whether it’s in your favor or against you, sometimes it’s hard to get that back.”
Carlson also noted the leadership of his three seniors — Caesar, Nelson and Michels — for encouraging their teammates, particularly during the tiebreakers.
“They do a great job, they’re very hard workers, they’re real positive people and they’re good leaders,” he said.
Despite the loss, Carlson said being a head coach is always a win.
“Coaching any team is fun. It’s a challenge, there’s ups and downs and it’s life, a reflection of life,” he said. “There’s good days, challenging days, that’s what athletics and extracurricular activities do. They give you an opportunity to compete, be a teammate and develop life skills that will hopefully help you in the long run.”
Litchfield will host Lac Qui Parle Valley on Thursday.
(1) Alex Draeger, L, def. Dylan Teig 6-0 6-0 … (2) Alex Pupp, D, def. Garrison Jackman 7-6 6-4 … (3) Jonathan Kivisto, D, def. Blake Aller 6-2, 6-1 … (4) John Lahlum, D, def. Creighton Huhner 7-6 (5) 7-5 4-6.
(1) Tyson Michels/Braeden Olson, L, def. Hunter Elwood/Parker Sjomeling 6-2, 6-2 … (2) Ray Gust/Craig Halonen, D, def. Max Caesar/Tyler Pennertz 1-6, 6-4, 6-3 … (3) Ben Poll/Karl Halonen, D, def. Aiden Nelson/Nathan Wuotila 1-6, 7-6 (8), 6-2.
Bemidji 7, Willmar 0
Bemidji swept Willmar in straight sets in the match at Bemidji.
It was part of a triangular.
(1) Filippo Buffo, B, def. Jorge Zalaya Velasquez 6-0 6-0 (2) Noah Johnson, B, def. Alan Millan 6-0 6-0 (3) Isaiah Cerven, B, def. Jordy Contreras 6-4 6-0 (4) Jacob Fuhrman, B, def. Josh Jensen 6-0 6-0
(1) Michael Dickinson/Logan Jensen, B, def. Andrew Ziebarth/David Thaden 6-0 6-0 (2) John McNallan/Casey Rupp, B, def. Mateo Engan/Isaac Zelaya Velasquez 6-0 6-0 (3) Max Harris/Jack McNallan, B, def. Matthew Johnson/Daunte Castellano 6-0 6-0
Thief River Falls 7,
The Thief River Falls Prowlers swept Willmar in a triangular at Bemidji.
Willmar next plays at 3 p.m. Wednesday at 3 p.m. New London-Spicer.
(1) Jack Onkka, TRF, def. Jorge Zalaya Velasquez 6-0, 6-0 (2) Reese Janish, TRF, def. Alan Millan 6-0 6-0 (3) J.J. Cornelius, TRF, def. Jordy Contreras 6-2 6-2 (4) Jett Cornelius, TRF, def. Josh Jensen 6-0 6-0
(1) Camden Broadwell/Dylan Halm, TRF, def. Andrew Ziebarth/David Thaden 6-1 6-0 (2) Ethan Lunsetter/Rhett Janish, TRF, def. Mateo Engan/Isaac Zalaya Velasquez 6-0 6-0 (3) Geran Gonsorowski/Spencer Hemple, TRF, Matthew Johnson/Daunte Castellano 6-0 6-1
St. Cloud Cathedral 2
New London-Spicer’s doubles were undefeated in a non-conference win against visiting St. Cloud Cathedral at New London.
“Our doubles teams continue to get better at attacking the net and forcing our opponents to play from the baseline,” said Wildcats head coach Chad Schmiesing.
(1) Grant Martin, SCC, def Kenny Schmiesing 6-3 6-3 (2) Kyle Denz, NLS, def Jonah Prom 6-3 0-6 6-3 (3) Chandler Hendricks, SCC, def Logan Larson 6-4 7-5 (4) Jack Barney, NLS, def Matt Gohman 7-5 6-2
(1) Jack Noeldner/Dylan Mueller, NLS, def Elliot Anderson/Jacob Manar 7-5 6-3 (2) Ethan Spors/Adam Klaphake, NLS, def Kai Martinson/George Vedder 6-3 6-1 (3) Joe Brouwer/Josh Soto, NLS, def Eli Burnham/William Reisinger 6-0 6-1
YME 4, D-B/LQPV 3
Yellow Medicine East earned the win at Madison against Dawson-Boyd/Lac qui Parle Valley. YME earned four wins in singles before losing all three of the doubles matchups.