Tennis: Raiders avenge loss
One year ago, the Hastings boys tennis team lost to Cretin-Derham Hall in a Suburban East Conference match, 1-6.
"We thought that was our worst match last year," Hastings coach Mick Willette said.
This year, things were much different. This year, Hastings won 5-2.
"We didn't want to have a repeat of last year," Willette said.
Hastings swept the doubles spots and got two wins from singles players for the big win.
Adam Ernst and Josh Houska teamed up at first doubles to cruise to a tidy 6-2, 6-1 win.
Jake Langeslay and Brett Peterson cruised at second doubles, 6-0, 6-3.
At third doubles, it was Elliot Siebenaler and Chase Kasel who won a long match, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.
Wins at singles were earned by Ben Carlson and Matt Lund.
Carlson won at third singles, 6-1, 6-0.
Lund won at fourth singles, 7-5, 6-3.
In the top two singles spots, Mike Lund and Non Wiwatwongthorn lost.
Lund fell 7-5, 2-6, 2-6.
Wiwatwongthorn lost 3-6, 6-2, 1-6.
Vs Red Wing
Hastings won a close match in Red Wing, 4-3.
"It was a nailbiter," Willette said. "It was a pretty exciting match. It looked like it really could go either way."
Wiwatwongthorn won at second singles, 6-1, 6-0 and Carlson won at third singles, 6-0, 6-2.
In doubles, wins were earned by the team of Ernst and Houska, 6-1, 3-6, 6-1; and the team of Peterson and Langeslay, 7-5, 7-5.
Peterson and Langeslay trailed 1-5 in the second set before storming back to win the next six games.
"They played some great tennis and got the other team frustrated," Willette said. "We were happy to sneak out of Red Wing with a win."
Hastings has a 5-1 record on the season.
In St. Cloud
Hastings competed in the Mac Doane Invitational Saturday in St. Cloud. The tournament has a unique format. There are seven teams, and all the matches are eight-game pro sets. Basically, the first player to win eight games wins the match.
The Raiders finished third out of seven teams.
"The No. 1 goal for the guys was to come together as a team and have some fun," Willette said. "We accomplished that goal. The next goal was to play some good tennis Saturday. For the most part, we played pretty well."
Carlson won five of his six matches at third singles.
Houska and Ernst won five of their matches, too.
At third doubles, Willette rotated the lineup some. The combinations all worked, as Lars Schauerhammer, Carpenter and Elliot Siebenaler teamed up to go 5-1.