Tigers hold serve at conference meet

Published 9:21 am Tuesday, May 17, 2016

From left, Andrew Huerta-Ortiz, Keith Grzybowski, Nikk Christianson, Foster Otten, and Austin Dulitz pose for a picture as they were Albert Lea’s place-winners over the weekend. - Provided

From left, Andrew Huerta-Ortiz, Keith Grzybowski, Nikk Christianson, Foster Otten, and Austin Dulitz pose for a picture as they were Albert Lea’s place-winners over the weekend. – Provided

The Albert Lea boys’ tennis team had a great chance to make some headway at the conference meet Saturday in Rochester.

The Tigers came into the meet ranked sixth, and had a great day on the court, but left still stuck in sixth place.

“We were in sixth place coming into the meet, based on the points scored during the regular season,” said Tigers coach Tom Dyrdal. “Although we didn’t score enough points Saturday to move up a spot, we did have the fifth-highest point total from Saturday’s play. It was great to get wins from all of our doubles and singles players.”

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The Tigers won 10 of 17 matches, and were able to snag a win from each spot in the lineup.

Taylor Herfindahl won his first match, but couldn’t advance past the second round.

Foster Otten had the opposite result. He lost his first match, but won his next two matches and won the consolation championship.

Schafer Overgaard won his first match, but fell to the eventual No. 3 singles champion in the second round.

Grant Herfindahl took his first match, but was another Tiger who was felled in the second round.

In doubles action, Austin Dulitz and Nikk Christianson took it on the chin in their first round matchup. But they rebounded to win their next two matches, including the consolation championship.

Sam Ehrhardt and Calen Hoelscher advanced by winning their first match, and lost in the second round.

In the No. 3 doubles, Keith Grzybowski and Andrew Huerta-Ortiz won their first two matches of the day and lost in the championship match. They ended up with the best finish for the Tigers.

“We finished the regular season 9-5, which was good enough to get us a home match in the first round of team sections,” Dyrdal said.

The Tigers host Winona today at 4 p.m.