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Tigers host state’s top teams in quadrangular

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 9th, 2013

Huron’s Blake Meyer eyes the ball on a backhand during a No. 5 singles match against Pierre’s Peyton Jones on Saturday at Winter Park Courts. In the next photo, Huron’s Logan Meyer eyes the ball during a volley in a No. 1 singles match against Pierre’s Nathan Ellenbecker. Next, Huron’s Devon Carroll makes a return against Watertown’s Tommy Nealon during their No. 4 singles match. And next, Huron’s Matt Johnson plays a back-handed volley at the net during a No. 3 doubles match against Watertown on Saturday. PHOTOS BY MIKE CARROLL/PLAINSMAN

HURON — Victories were hard to come by for the Huron boys’ tennis team on Saturday as it hosted three of the top teams in the state in a quadrangular at Winter Park Courts.

Sioux Falls Lincoln and Watertown both posted 9-0 wins against the Tigers, while Pierre recorded a 6-3 win.

“It’s hard to find a lot of positives when you lose 24 of 27 matches sometimes, but with the emphasis of learning from playing the best in the state, we had some good results,” Huron coach Mike Knigge said. “The overall attitude and effort was probably a B-minus. The younger kids impressed me even moreso today, but our veterans still need to step up a notch.”

Knigge pointed to the No. 1 singles match between Logan Meyer and Lincoln’s Kaleb Dobbs as being a pretty good battle.

“Logan really moved his feet and made Kaleb earn every point,” he said. “Dobbs is currently ranked third in the 14-and-under singles in the Northern section, and is playing unbelievably strong.”

Dobbs emerged with an 8-3 victory in the match.

Jake Axtmann also had a strong showing for the Tigers against the Patriots, dropping an 8-4 decision in the No. 6 singles match.

“Jake played much better today and really competed, using his quickness,” Knigge said.

Colin Claeys grabbed the coaches’ attention during the match against Watertown in No. 2 singles. Tanner Heiser escaped with a 9-7 victory for the Arrows against Claeys.

“Colin finally came out of his funk from being sick all week, almost defeating one of the best No. 2s in the state,” Knigge said.

“Once again we spotted an opponent a 4-1 lead, but Colin fought back and had Heiser flustered. Heiser hung on to win, but I was glad to see Colin play so steady.”

The lone three victories for the Tigers came in the final match of the day against Pierre.

Claeys recorded an 8-3 decision against Connor Shoop in No. 2 singles, Devon Carroll and Blake Meyer, who both collected their first varsity wins on Friday against St. Thomas More, won in No. 4 and 5 singles, respectively, against the Governors.

“Colin, Devon and Blake all played strong versus Pierre, getting big Eastern South Dakota Conference wins to finish their day with a ‘W,’” Knigge said.

Huron, which is now 1-4 on the season, will host Rapid City Central in a dual at 4 p.m. Friday at Winter Park Courts and will host another quadrangular on Saturday.

For the complete article see the 04-07-2013 issue.

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