Hastings loses pair of 4-3 tennis matches
The good news from the season-opening tennis match last Wednesday against Rosemount was that Hastings swept the three doubles positions.
The bad news was that the Raiders were swept in the four singles positions.
That obviously meant a 4-3 defeat for the Raiders.
In doubles action, the No. 1 team of Alex Zuzek and Danny Steiner teamed up for a 6-1, 6-2 win.
Ben Klimek and Carson Whyle cruised at second doubles, 6-1, 6-1.
At third doubles, Alex Rudh and Killian Konrady won handily, 6-1, 6-2.
Even the exhibition doubles team of Joe Zak and Brandon Kurilla won, 6-1, 6-1.
The singles players, though, had a tougher go of it. Most are in new positions this season, and this was a new challenge for most.
Austin Houska lost at first singles, 6-2, 6-3.
Craig Nielsen fell at second singles, 6-1, 6-2.
Steven Roach had a close match at third singles, falling 6-2, 7-6 (7-5).
Brad Risch lost at fourth singles, 6-3, 6-3.
Hastings lost another close one to Woodbury on Thursday, 4-3.
Houska lost at first singles, 6-4, 6-2.
Nielsen lost at second singles, 6-4, 6-2.
Roach won at third singles, 6-2, 6-0.
Robby Troje fell at fourth singles, 7-5, 2-6, 6-1.
Zuzek and Steiner won 6-1, 6-3 at first doubles.
Klimek and Whyle won again, 7-6 (7-3), 6-0.
Konrady and Rudh lost at third doubles, 6-1, 6-0.
Hastings plays at an invitational in Owatonna on Saturday, and then plays at Northfield on Monday before returning home Tuesday for a 3:30 p.m. match against Roseville.