Raider tennis continues strong play with two straight sweeps
The Hastings boys' tennis team continues its dominance of the Metro East Conference after sweeping both Simley and Henry Sibley last week. The Raiders beat the Spartans last Tuesday, 7-0, and then the Warriors last Thursday by the same score. Hastings is now 7-1 overall, and 4-0 in the MEC.
Hastings switched up both its singles and doubles lineups for the matches against Simley. Junior Carson Konrady won No. 1 singles 6-2, 6-2, and senior Joe Zak took No. 2 singles 6-4, 6-2. Junior James Scharr prevailed in No. 3 singles by a score of 6-2, 6-3, and senior Decker Whyle won No. 4 singles 6-0, 6-1.
There were some new faces in doubles, and the Raiders did not give up a single point. All three teams—juniors Matt Schlottman and Eric Howd at No. 1 doubles, junior Brian Nielsen and sophomore Ascheman in No. 2 doubles and seniors John Rupp and Sam Poncelet for No. 3 doubles—came out victorious.
The Raiders also swept the Henry Sibley Warriors, 7-0, though it was much more competitive than the meet against Simley. Sophomore Colby Zak won a hard-fought No. 1 singles match 2-6, 6-2, 6-3. Senior Grant Hollar took No. 2 singles 7-5, 6-0, and Kurilla won No. 3 singles 6-4, 6-3. Schlottman moved up to No. 4 singles and won 6-3, 6-1.
Joe Zak and Konrady dominated No. 1 doubles 6-0, 6-2, and Rupp and Howd took No. 2 doubles 6-1, 7-5. Nielsen and Whyle won No. 3 doubles 6-0, 6-2.