ALHS netters nipped by Fairmont

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, April 11, 2001

It wasn’t a win, but it was about as close as you can get.

Wednesday, April 11, 2001

It wasn’t a win, but it was about as close as you can get. And it was the closest the Albert Lea High School boys’ tennis team has gotten since 1998.

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The Tigers, coming off back-to-back winless seasons, opened the 2001 campaign with a 4-3 nonconference loss to Fairmont at the Southwest Junior High School courts Tuesday.

&uot;It’s the closest meet we’ve had in three years,&uot; said ALHS coach David Kalis. &uot;Overall, I was very pleased with how the kids played. They came ready to play, they never gave up.&uot;

And even though it wasn’t a win, Kalis felt the meet was a confidence booster for his players.

&uot;They know they can compete,&uot; said the coach. &uot;It could have gone either way.&uot;

Two of the three doubles matches went the Tigers’ way.

John Mattson and Kurtis Bohrnstedt won 6-0, 6-1 at No. 2 while Stephen Thorn and Brandon Quam rolled 6-0, 6-2 at No. 3.

&uot;Both No. 2 and 3 doubles hit some excellent shots,&uot; said Kalis. &uot;They played great.&uot;

So did senior Dan Jones, who won 6-3, 6-4 at No. 4 singles.

&uot;It was probably the best tennis I’ve ever seen him play,&uot; said Kalis. &uot;He played great tennis.&uot;

The Tigers’ No. 1 doubles team of Karl Bohrnstedt and Matt Wulff lost 7-5, 6-2.

Eric Trygstad fell 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1 singles. Matt Entorf was defeated 6-2, 6-2 at No. 2 and Leo Silva lost 6-3, 6-2 at No. 3.

The Albert Lea junior varsity won 7-4.

It was the first of only four home meets for the Tigers this season but the second scheduled for this week, with Faribault coming to town Thursday for a 4:30 Big Nine Conference meet.