PIERRE — After having more than a week break due to the weather, the Huron boys’ tennis team returned to action on Tuesday with a triangular in Pierre against the Governors and Spearfish.
Pierre used a 7-2 decision to collect its second win of the season against the Tigers in the opening match.
Huron coach Mike Knigge said his team left some points on the court against the Governors, which could have resulted in a closer match or possibly a victory.
“We let three wins slip through our fingers against Pierre today,” he said. “The difference between us and them, is they know how to compete in crunch time and we struggle when things get tight down the road.”
The lone singles victory for the Tigers came in the No. 2 match, where Colin Claeys defeated Connor Shoop 10-4.
Claeys then teamed with Logan Meyer in No. 1 doubles to record a 10-7 victory against Pierre’s Nathan Ellenbecker and Mitchell Hanson.
“Winning at No. 1 doubles was our biggest win of the year to this point,” Knigge said. “ Coach (Tim) Hedblom and I challenged Colin and Logan to step up and they played their most complete match to date.
“We emphasized getting to the net and did just enough, along with hitting incredibly strong from the baseline,” he said. “We can’t do that on a regular basis, so we have to continue pushing ourselves to the net, where the angles increase. It was a huge win for our confidence.”
One of the matches Knigge said slipped through their fingers was at No. 4 singles, where Pierre’s Mitchell Hanson rallied from an 8-4 deficit to edge Devon Carroll in a tiebreaker, 11-10 (7-1).
“Devon Carroll played a great match to lead 8-4 and then began playing not to lose rather than playing to win. He lost in a tiebreaker, which was a heartbreaker for him,” Knigge said. “Devon just needs to learn from it and not let it happen again. We’ve been very happy with his performance this year, so he’s heading in the right direction.”
The other spot the Tigers were looking to collect a win was at No. 5 singles, where Peyton Jones escaped with a 10-8 victory for the Governors against Christian Olson.
“We moved Christian from No. 3 to No. 5 today in hopes of seeing him dominate today, but inconsistency did him in again today. He plays well enough to get wins in almost every match, but finds himself on the losing end,” Knigge said. “Christian needs to stay focused and compete, play smart and learn to grind out a win doing whatever it takes. The potential is there, but I think it’s more mental right now.”
Following the match against Pierre, the Tigers moved on to record a 6-0 sweep against a short-handed Spearfish team.
“Overall, Colin Claeys really stepped up to go 4-0 on the day, being involved in four of the eight wins for the Tigers,” Knigge said. “Logan Meyer went 3-1 and Devon Carroll and Blakey Meyer each went 2-2.
“We learned a lot about our team today through adversity. We need to build on that and continue to work toward playing our best tennis this last stretch,” he said. “The Tigers have mostly very winnable matches remaining, which I hope gets the team on a roll heading toward the ESD and state meets.”
Huron will return to action Friday with a triangular against Mitchell and Aberdeen Central in Mitchell.
Pierre 7, Huron 2
No. 1: Nathan Ellenbecker, P, def. Logan Meyer, 10-5
No. 2: Colin Claeys, H, def. Connor Shoop, 10-4
No. 3: Brandon Vockrodt, P, def. Blake Meyer, 10-4
No. 4: Mitchell Hanson, P, def. Devon Carroll, 11-10 (7-1)
No. 5: Peyton Jones, P, def. Christian Olson, 10-8
No. 6: Patrick Bollinger, P, def. Matt Johnson, 10-1
No. 1: L. Meyer/Claeys, H, def. Ellenbecker/Hanson, 10-7
No. 2: Vockrodt/Shoop, P, def. B. Meyer/Carroll, 10-3
No. 3: Colton Shoop/Bollinger, P, def. Olson/Johnson, 10-6
Adam Bollinger, P, def. Henry Rubish, 10-2
Colton Shoop, P, def. Tyler Sterrett, 10-3
Dan Block, P, def. Henry Rubish, 10-2
Andrew Brown, P, def. Tyler Sterrett, 10-4
Adam Bollinger, P, def. Matt Johnson, 11-10 (7-3)
Chrisitan Olson, H, def. Patrick Bollinger, 10-3
Block/Brown, P, def. Rubish/Sterrett, 10-4
Huron 6, Spearfish 0
No. 1: Logan Meyer, H, def. Mike Maskell, 10-7
No. 2: Colin Claeys, H, def. Logan Zvorak, 10-0
No. 3: Blake Meyer, H, def. Justin Harris, 10-2
No. 4: Devon Carroll, H, def. Ryan Lahr, 10-3
No. 1: L. Meyer/Claeys, H, def. Maskell/Zvorak, 10-2
No. 2: B. Meyer/Carroll, H, def. Harris/Lahr, 10-0
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