Tennis: At end of crazy day, Raiders beat Wolfpack
Aleve made last week's boys tennis match between Hastings and Park of Cottage Grove a lot more interesting than people thought it would be.
In recent years, Hastings has dominated Park in the sport. This year figured to be closer, as the Wolfpack has a relatively strong team.
And then came the Aleve.
On Tuesday, Hastings' No. 2 singles player, Non Wiwatwongthorn had an allergic reaction to the pain reliever. He was scratched from the lineup late in the day, forcing Hastings coach Mick Willette to shuffle his lineup at the last minute.
Still, the raiders won, 5-2. The match, though, was closer than the score would indicate. Hastings won two matches in three sets, and those wins made the difference.
At first doubles, the team of Josh Houska and Matt Lund won in three sets, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6.
The other three-set win came at fourth singles, where Chase Kasel won 3-6, 6-0, 6-2. The win was due in large part to patience exhibited by Kasel, who spent an inordinate amount of time on the baseline just lobbing his returns in.
"The kid he was playing ... can be someone who can get impatient," Willette said. "We just told Chase to keep the ball deep with lots of spin, and right in the middle of the court.
"Chase was just patient and deliberate. To his credit, he executed it. I think that was the difference."
At second singles, Hastings got a win from Ben Carlson, 6-3, 6-2.
Adam Ernst played third singles and won, 6-2, 6-1. It was the first time Ernst played singles this season.
He lost the first game in the first set, but went on to win 12 of the next 14 games.
The second doubles team of Brett Peterson and Jake Langeslay also won for the Raiders. They won the first set, 6-4, and then won the second, 6-3.
Elliot Siebenaler and Lars Schauerhammer lost at third doubles, 3-6, 4-6.
Mike Lund lost at first singles, 3-6, 3-6.
Vs Mounds View
Since the Suburban East Conference was formed, there has been one clear tennis power. Mounds View has dominated the league, winning the conference title every year.
"Losing to them is something we've gotten used to," Willette said. "But we really thought this year could be the year we could beat them."
In the end, Mounds View again came out as the winner, 5-2.
"I thought we prepared well mentally and came out ready to go," Willette said. "The guys were pumped up."
The Raiders were swept at the singles spots, making a win impossible.
The wins came at first and second doubles.
Ernst and Houska won 6-4, 6-3 at first doubles.
Peterson and Langeslay won at second doubles, 6-4, 2-6, 7-6.
In singles play, Mike Lund lost 0-6, 1-6.
Carlson lost at second singles, 4-6, 4-6.
"Ben played solid the whole way," Willette said. "He was right there. He just couldn't quite win enough big points.
Wiwatwongthorn lost at third singles, 3-6, 5-7.
Carlson and Wiwatwongthorn had close matches that could have ended differently had the Raider players been able to get their matches to three sets.
"We were hoping one of those could have gone to three sets," Willette said. "We really liked our chances in the third set. We just couldn't quite get there."
Kasel fell at fourth singles, 0-6, 0-6.
Matt Lund and Siebenaler lost at third doubles, 0-6, 4-6.