Tigers drop home opener to Blue Jays

Published 8:11 pm Tuesday, April 16, 2019

The Albert Lea boys’ tennis team hosted Waseca in its first home meet of the season Monday night.

The Tigers came up just short of their first win of the season, falling to the Blue Jays by one match, 4-3.

Senior Grant Herfindahl filled the No. 1 singles spot for Albert Lea. He faced the challenge of Waseca’s Charlie Huttemier, falling in two sets 6-3, 6-2. Junior Sam Yoon picked up a win in the No. 2 singles slot by defeating Jay Lewer after dropping the first set 4-6, 6-4, 6-2.

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Ashler Benda and Micah Hansen each fell in the No. 3 and No. 4 singles slots, respectively. Benda lost to JP Swanson 6-1, 6-1, and Hansen fell to Dahminik Deutsch 6-3, 6-3.

In doubles action, senior Matt Edwards and junior Cole Indrelie lost in the closest match of the afternoon. After beating Jacob Butterfield and Jordane Kouba-Piebe in the first set, the duo dropped the final two sets by two games, falling 4-6, 6-4, 7-5.

Caleb Hanson and Shine Thu put the Tigers back on the winning track at the No. 2 doubles spot. The pair beat Ben Diedrich and Ritchie Diedrich in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3. Finally, in the No. 3 doubles match, Tim Chalmers and Joseph Yoon gave the Tigers their third win of the day, 6-1, 6-2 over Earl Hansen and Victor Feeley.

The Tigers fall to 0-2 on the season and will play again Monday, when they host the Cardinals of Fairmont.

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Tyler Julson covers sports for the Albert Lea Tribune.

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