MITCHELL — The Huron boys’ tennis team came up on the short-end of a pair of decisions on Friday during a triangular in Mitchell.
Mitchell recorded a 9-0 victory against the Tigers, while Aberdeen Central recorded a 7-2 win.
“We had a few bright spots in an otherwise challenging day,” Huron coach Mike Knigge said. “Mitchell showed why it is one of the top five in the state, outscoring us 90 to 38 in games.
“Aberdeen Central impressed me with their team depth and is right there with Pierre, competing for the top three in the conference,” he said.
Colin Claeys was able to challenge Mitchell’s Beau Brown for the victory in the No. 2 singles match, but Brown emerged with a 10-7 win.
“Colin came back from a big deficit. He is getting down early against some of the state’s best players and has battled back,” Knigge said. “We need him to play strong right out of the gates and he could knock off anyone in the state. He proved it against Heiser from Watertown and again today against Beau Brown, who is one of the best No. 2 players in the state.”
Claeys and Logan Meyer also made a bid for the victory in their No. 2 doubles match against Mitchell, dropping a 10-8 decision.
“Logan and Colin had another shot to get a win against Mitchell,” Knigge said. “Between double faults and unforced errors, we gave Mitchell at least four or five games.
“It’s a problem all the way across the board for us. We give away too many points, basically giving away matches,” he said.
Meyers and Claeys both recorded 10-6 victories in the No. 1 and 2 singles matches, respectively, against Aberdeen Central.
“Logan has to be given a ton of credit, playing (Aaron) Lorenz strong and taking the No. 1 singles match. Lorenz was the consolation champ at first flight last year, so he’s a quality opponent,” Knigge said. “Logan not only cleaned up his unforced errors, but played nice defense, which can be suspect at times. It was a very gritty win for Logan and it gives him an outside shot at a seed in the Eastern South Dakota Conference Meet.
“Colin had a big win at No. 2 to give him a split versus four ESD opponents and the inside track to the No. 3 seed at ESD,” he said.
The Huron tandem of Christian Olson and Blake Meyer was edged 11-10 in a tiebreaker at No. 2 doubles against the Golden Eagles.
The No. 2 doubles team played really well, coming back to take a 9-6 lead,” Knigge said. “I felt Christian took over that match and Blake began to move his feet, helping the games begin to fall the Tigers’ way.
“Unfortunately, the Central kids hung tough and survived four match points to pull out the win in a tie-breaker,” he said. “The boys played agressively, but not smart aggression, which let Aberdeen back in it. It’s a step in the right direction, but we continue to struggle in tight matches.”
Next up for the Tigers is a home match against Madison on Tuesday at Winter Park Courts.
Mitchell 9, Huron 0
No. 1: Jacob Cersosimo, M, def. Logan Meyer, 10-5
No. 2: Beau Brown, M, def. Colin Claeys, 10-7
No. 3: Kanin Nelson, M, def. Christian Olson, 10-1
No. 4: Tate Crago, M, def. Devon Carroll, 10-3
No. 5: Alex Hegg, M, def. Blake Meyer, 10-0
No. 6: Brenden Lehr, M, def. Matt Johnson, 10-2
No. 1: Cersosimo/Crago, M, def. L. Meyer/Claeys, 10-8
No. 2: Brown/Nelson, M, def. Olson/B. Meyer, 10-4
No. 3: Hegg/Lehr, M, def. Carroll/Johnson, 10-2
Landon Pooley, M, def. Jake Axtmann, 8-6
Ryan Solberg, M, def. Tyler Sterrett, 8-0
Axtmann, H, def. Kyle Jamison, 9-7
Aberdeen Central 7, Huron 2
No. 1: Logan Meyer, H, def. Aaron Lorenz, 10-6
No. 2: Colin Claeys, H, def. Joey Crompton, 10-6
No. 3: Adam Zimmerman, AC, def. Christian Olson, 10-4
No. 4: Dillon Prissel, AC, def. Devon Carroll, 10-2
No. 5: Alex Grandbois, AC, def. Blake Meyer, 10-5
No. 6: Jesse Margolies, AC, def. Jake Axtmann, 10-4
No. 1: Lorenz/Crompton, AC, def. L. Meyer/Claeys, 10-6
No. 2: Zimmerman/Grandbois, AC, def. Olson/B. Meyer, 11-10 (6)
No. 3: Prissel/Margolies, AC, def. Carroll/Johnson, 10-5
Eric Deboer, AC, def. Matt Johnson, 8-2
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