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Tennis: Raiders get big win over Royals

Ben Carlson goes to the backhand to return a ball during Tuesday's match at Hastings High School.

Hastings improved to a perfect 4-0 in Suburban East Conference boys tennis action with a close 4-3 win over Woodbury April 23.

Hastings won all three doubles matches, including two three-set victories.

Big wins came from the No. 1 team of Adam Ernst and Josh Houska, who won 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.

The No. 3 team also won in three sets, 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4). Lars Schauerhammer and Elliot Siebenaler made up the third team.

The No. 2 doubles team of Brett Peterson and Jake Langeslay also had a big win. They cruised in the first set, 6-0, before getting a narrow win in the second set, 6-4.

Hastings also got a win at second singles from Non Wiwatwongthorn, 6-1, 6-2.

Mike Lund, Ben Carlson and Matt Lund lost their singles match.

"Winning is contagious," HHS coach Mick Willette said. "It's a habit. It starts with keeping the ball in with spin and making that a habit."

Vs Winona

At first glance, Hastings' loss to Winona last week looks lopsided. It was 1-6, after all.

But two matches went to three sets, and close matches were found all over the score sheet.

At first singles, Mike Lund won, 6-2, 6-3.

At second singles, Wiwatwongthorn lost 6-7, 3-6. At third singles, Carlson lost 2-6, 6-7. Chase Kasel fell at fourth singles, 2-6, 0-6.

In doubles play, Ernst and Houska lost a tough one, 4-6, 4-6.

Peterson and Langeslay lost at second doubles, 6-4, 0-6, 6-7.

The third doubles team of Matt Lund and Siebenaler lost 2-6, 6-4, 4-6.

Even the exhibition match was close, as the team of Schauerhammer and Charlie Carpenter won 7-5, 6-4.


Hastings beat White Bear Lake April 21, 6-1.

Mike Lund, Wiwatwongthorn and Ben Carlson won at singles.

All three doubles teams won, too.

Ernst and Houska won 6-2, 6-3; Peterson and Langeslay won 6-1, 6-4; and Schauerhammer and Siebenaler teamed up to win 6-4, 6-4.

Hastings is 7-2 overall on the season.