Tigers blast Rockets

Published 8:28 am Friday, May 11, 2012

ROCHESTER — The Albert Lea boys’ tennis team beat Rochester John Marshall 4-3 on Thursday on the road.

Kyle Zogg plays at No. 2 doubles on Thursday. His partner was Carter Dahl. -- Submitted

“Any time you can travel to Rochester and return home with a tennis victory, it’s big,” Tigers coach Tom Dyrdal said.

Two doubles teams and two singles players won their matches.

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No. 3 singles, Cole Keyeski, beat Rockets’ Alex Cheng with set scores of 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (8-6).

“I have to give Cole credit,” Dyrdal said. “He was on the court for almost three hours. It came down to a two-point victory that pulled off the whole match for us.”

No. 4 singles player, Collin Jahnke, defeated his opponent Andrew Yadlosky 6-1, 6-0.

No. 2 doubles team, Kyle Zogg and Carter Dahl, defeated their opponents Alex Dahl and Ryan Moger 6-2, 6-3.

No. 3 doubles, Josh Martin and Cam Hove beat Chris Kotschevar and Rahul Mukherjee 6-1, 6-2.

Dyrdal said even though they lost he has to give credit to the other two singles players Trevor (0-6, 0-6) and Taylor Herfindahl (0-6, 4-6) and also the doubles team of Evan Templeman and Aaron Woitas (3-6, 3-6).

“If they weren’t in the lineup, the guys in the lower spots probably didn’t have a chance,” Dyrdal said. “We didn’t win this match without them.”

Dyrdal said he told the team he was excited to be a part of their win and he was pleased with their efforts.

“That’s all you can do,” Dyrdal said. “Play hard and have a positive attitude on the court. When you do that, you have a better chance of winning.”

The Tigers will face Winona today at 4 p.m. at home, pending weather conditions.

Then on Saturday, they travel back to Rochester for a conference meet.