Tigers fall to Cardinals, 5-2

Published 9:14 pm Tuesday, April 10, 2018

The Albert Lea boys’ tennis team was finally able to get in its first meet of the season Tuesday night in Fairmont.

The Tigers were unable to pick up a win in their season opener as they fell to the Cardinals, 5-2.

Despite winning two of the three doubles matches, Albert Lea was swept in the four singles matches.

Senior Josh Englin dropped his No. 2 singles match, 6-1, 6-1. – Charlie Sorrells/Fairmont Sentinal

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Junior Grant Herfindahl was in the No. 1 spot for the Tigers, but came up short, losing to Carter Klandreud, 6-2, 6-4.

In the No. 2 slot for Albert Lea was senior Josh Englin, who also came up short, losing 6-1, 6-1.

Senior Levi Kermes dropped his match, 6-4, 7-5. Sam Yoon lost a close battle, 7-6 (7-4), 7-5.

In doubles action, Keith Gryzbowski and Andrew Huerta-Ortiz won their match 7-5, 6-3. Avery Moore and Cole Indrelie lost in three sets, 1-6, 6-4, 6-2. Jaxon Heilman and Matt Edwards won the No. 3 doubles match, 6-2, 6-4.

It was a rough first outing for the Tigers, who will lean on their upperclassmen leaders as they move forward.

The Tigers start the year 0-1 in team play. They will be back in action on Thursday when they host their first meet of the year against Blue Earth Area, followed by a meet in Red Wing on Tuesday.

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Tyler Julson covers sports for the Albert Lea Tribune.

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