Tiger tennis challenges tough competition

Published 12:00 am Monday, April 16, 2007

LAKEVILLE &8212; The Albert Lea boys&8217; tennis team finished eighth out of eight teams at a Lakeville North tournament over the weekend, but the Tigers played well against tough competition.

The Tigers opened the day falling to Lakeville South 4-3.

Corey Dieser and Jon Bosma got Albert Lea off to a strong start winning at Nos. 1 and 2 singles, respectively. Dieser won 6-4, 6-1 while Bosma was victorious 6-3, 3-6, 10-5.

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The Tigers&8217; other win came at No. 1 doubles where Mike Bosma and Josh Sevendsen rolled to a convincing win 6-2, 6-1 over their opponents.

Levi Peterson and Matt Stoneking as well as Bryant Olchefske and Drew Passingham both lost hard fought matches in doubles.

Albert Lea would fall to a strong Red Wing team in its next match 5-2.

Jon Bosma picked up one of the team&8217;s wins at No. 2 singles with a marathon three-setter. He took the first 6-2, dropped the second 2-6 and won the third 10-8.

Peterson and Stoneking teamed up at No. 2 doubles to collect the other victory by a 6-4, 6-3 margin.

The final match of the day for the Tigers came against Andover and concluded with a 5-2 loss.

Albert Lea&8217;s two victories came from two players who picked up their first-ever varsity wins.

Drew Passingham won 6-1, 6-2 at No. 2 singles and Davis Thompson was victorious at No. 4 7-6 (7-5), 7-5.

The Tigers had three close defeats in the match with Dieser dropping the third set 10-12 and a pair of doubles matches went three sets.

&8220;Obviously, would would have liked to improve on the eighth place finish, but we did some good things,&8221; Tiger head coach Sean Gillam said. &8220;We still have things to work on, but if we can find and even keel we should find success.

&8220;The schedule is much tougher this year, but we like that because it helps us get ready for the harder-hitting teams.&8221;

Albert Lea has a busy week this week playing four matches in five days beginning tonight on the read against Waseca.