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Tigers fall to Cardinals, 5-2

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

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.

About Tyler Julson

Tyler Julson covers sports for the Albert Lea Tribune.

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