Huron’s Blake Meyer plays a volley during a No. 3 singles match against Alex Hegg of Mitchell on Friday at Winter Park Courts. In the next photo, Huron’s Colin Claeys hits from the baseline during a No. 1 singles match against Jacob Cersosimo of Mitchell. PHOTOS BY MIKE CARROLL/PLAINSMAN
HURON — The Huron Tiger tennis team opened up its season, splitting a triangular with a 5-4 victory against St. Thomas More and a 9-0 loss to state contender Mitchell.
The entire team got at least one victory on the day as the Tiger’s doubles teams swept St. Thomas More.
Devon Carroll added a singles victory at No. 2 and Henry Rubish won at No. 5 to give the Tigers five victories when combined with the winning of the three doubles matches.
Carroll defeated St. Thomas More’s Ben Freeman, 10-2 as did Rubish who defeated Andrew Josten.
“I was a little disappointed in our singles play,” said Tiger head coach Mike Knigge. “We looked tired and lazy, but we need to learn to keep our feet moving .”
While St. Thomas More led 4-2 in the singles, the Tigers came back with victories at No. 1 doubles, where Colin Claeys and Blake Meyer were victorious over Daniel Duffy and Nick Lust, 10-6.
Claeys almost pulled out a victory in his singles match. He had last year’s No. 4 seed at state, Daniel Duffy, on the ropes as he came back from a 5-8 deficit to go up 9-8, before eventually dropping the match 11-9.
Carroll and his doubles partner, Tyler Sterrett, in the No. 2 slot, survived a match point at 9-7 before winning four-straight games to complete the comeback 11-9.
“That match ended up proving key for us,” said Knigge. “I have to applaud Devon (Carroll) for staying aggressive and composed after a sluggish start.”
At No. 3 doubles the pairing of Rubish and Brenden Schlader finished off the doubles sweep with a 10-3 victory. It was Schlader’s, a seventh-grader, first varsity victory.
The Tigers started the triangular against the seasoned and talent-laden Kernels.
All but three matches were shutouts for Mitchell with Claeys picking up four games in his singles match and four more with his doubles partner, while Carroll won a game at No. 2 singles.
“Although many matches were lopsided, our kids played with heart and passion,” said Knigge. “We were basically overmatched but learned what a top-tier team looks like, and the direction we need to go.”
The Tigers will next be in action today when they host Lincoln (another state contender) along with Eastern South Dakota Conference foes Watertown and Pierre.
“I’m hoping we compete more vs. Watertown and Pierre,” said Knigge. “The potential is there to win some individual matches. We need to learn to step up under pressure which we didn’t do much today, but we gained valuable experience.”
Mitchell 9, Huron 0
No. 1 ― Jacob Cersosimo (M) def. Colin Claeys, 10-4; No. 2 ― Beau Brown (M) def. Devon Carroll 10-1; No. 3 ― Alex Hegg (M) def. Blake Meyer, 10-0; No. 4 ― Kanin Nelson (M) def. Tyler Sterrett, 10-0; No. 5 ― Brenden Lehr (M) def. Henry Rubish, 10-0; No. 6 ― Gray Determan (M) def. Sean Preston, 10-0.
No. 1 ― Cersosimo-Hegg (M) def. Claeys-Meyer, 10-4; No. 2 ― Brown-Nelson def. Carroll-Sterrett, 10-0; No. 3 ― Determan-Cavanaugh (M) def. Rubish-Preston, 10-0.
Cavanaugh (M) def. Brenden Schlader, 8-0; Kyle Jamison (M) def. Schlader 8-1.
Huron 5, St. Thomas More 4
No. 1 ― Daniel Duffy (STM) def. Colin Claeys, 11-9; No. 2 ― Devon Carroll (H) def. Ben Freeman 10-2; No. 3 ― Chase Thurness (STM) def. Blake Meyer, 10-4; No. 4 ― Nick Lust (STM) def. Tyler Sterrett 10-1; No. 5 ― Henry Rubish (H) def. Andrew Josten, 10-2; No. 6 ― Cullen Hill (STM) def. Brenden Schlader, 10-4.
No. 1 ― Claeys-Meyer (H) def. Duffy-Lust, 10-6; No. 2 ― Carroll-Sterrett (H) def. Thurness-Will Raymond 11-9; No. 3 ― Rubish-Schlader (H) def. Hill-Levi Wixon, 10-3.
Zach Basham (STM) def. Sean Preston 8-4; Josten-Basham def. Preston-Jack Gibbon (STM), 8-0.
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