Lions hold court on the Tigers
Albert Lea boys’ tennis unable to find footing vs. Schaeffer Academy
The Albert Lea boys’s tennis team hosted Schaeffer Academy Monday night looking for redemption after dropping to duals in Rochester on Saturday.
Despite going into three sets in two matches, the Tigers were unable to find their footing against the Lions — dropping all seven matches 7-0.
Senior Grant Herfindahl, Albert Lea’s No. 1 singles player, was the first to go into a third set. After losing his first set 6-2, Herfindahl stormed back to dominate the second 6-1. However, he came up shot in the third and determining set, 6-2.
Junior Sam Yoon played two close sets at the No. 2 singles spot, but narrowly lost both sets 6-4, 7-5. Freshman Shine Thu and junior Connor Veldman also lost their matches at No. 3 and No. 4 singles, respectively. Thu fell in straight sets, 6-3, 7-5, while Veldman battled into a third set, but ultimately came out on the losing end.
In doubles action, senior Matt Edwards and junior Cole Indrelie ran into some tough competition in the No. 1 spot picking up one game win in their match, 6-1, 6-0. Senior Tim Kruen and sophomore Caleb Hanson faired slightly better in their match at No. 2 doubles, but were still defeated in two sets, 6-2, 6-2.
Senior Louis Wagner and eighth grader Tim Chalmers had the closest doubles set of the afternoon, losing 6-4 in their first set. The duo went on to lose their next set 6-1, sureing up the final result.
The Tigers fall to 5-7 on the season and will be back on the court Tuesday, when they host the Packers of Austin before the Big Nine Conference meet Saturday in Rochester.