FAIRMONT - The Fairmont Cardinals knew they had one match point going into the dual meet against the Faribault Falcons on Monday at the Cardinal Courts.
The Cardinals claimed six more points in the meet, going on to shut out the Falcons 7-0.
"We knew they had a player who couldn't play in one of their positions, so they had to forfeit," said Fairmont head coach Eric Johnson. "The rest of the matches were good wins for us today."
LATERAL QUICKNESS — Fairmont first singles player Manuel Martinez maneuvers along the baseline to track down a shot during nonconference tennis action on Monday at the Cardinal Courts in Fairmont. (Photo by Leanna Becker)
Jake Kallenbach and Mitch Anderton made quick work of their second doubles opponents Ray Woo and Jason Magnuson.
Kallenbach and Anderton blanked the Falcon teammates 6-0 in the opening set, before easing to a 6-2 second-set win.
Sterlin Johnson then added to the Cardinal lead with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Ren Ross at second singles.
"I thought that this was a great win for Sterlin today. With a solid opponent and some tough conditions, to really play well and get the win was great," said Eric Johnson.
Tyler Head completed the singles-bracket sweep with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Logan Gregersch in the No. 3 spot.
Manuel Martinez battled his way through the second set against Nick Anderson at No. 1 singles.
Martinez won the opening set 6-4, using long rallies to wear out Anderson.
Strong winds that persisted throughout the match then caused a problem for the Cardinals' top singles player, sending ground strokes out of bounds or into the net.
"With winds like we had today, if you are a person who hits hard, it can be very tough," said Johnson. "When you hit into the wind, you have to hit even harder or it will go into the net and when you're with the wind, it sails out. That's what Manuel was struggling with today, but he managed to battle through it and get the win."
Leading 5-4, Martinez had the serve, but Anderson broke with a cross court forehand to get back to even.
The two then split games to lead to a second-set tiebreaker. Martinez outlasted Anderson, winning 7-5 to take the set 7-6.
While Ryan Busche and Calvin King won the third doubles match over Carl Ziegler and Sean Paczosa, 6-3, 6-1, the No. 1 doubles match went into a third-set tiebreaker.
Henrique Marquez and Carter Klanderud cruised through the opening set, winning 6-0, before the Falcons' Matt Welborn and Noah Gregersen turned around and won the second 6-2.
The Cardinals then came back from a 5-4 deficit to knot the match at 6-6.
Klanderud and Marquez then took over the net and split the Falcons to win the tiebreaker 7-4 to win the final set 7-6.
"Faribault had some athletes and so they were able to make plays in the second set and keep us on our heels," said Johnson. "So we changed up the way that Carter and Henrique were returning and their opponents never seemed to recover and we were able to take advantage."
Fairmont (2-2) plays host to New Ulm on Friday in an SCC dual meet at the Cardinal Courts.
Fairmont 7, Faribault 0
Singles: Manuel Martinez (FMT) def. Nick Anderson, 6-4, 7-6(7-5). Sterlin Johnson (FMT) def. Ren Ross, 6-3, 6-3. Tyler Head (FMT) def. Logan Gregersen, 6-1, 6-3. Austin Becker (FMT) won by forfeit.
Doubles: Henrique Marquez-Carter Klanderud (FMT) def. Matt Welborn-Noah Gregersen, 6-0, 2-6, 7-6(7-4). Jake Kallenbach-Mitch Anderton (FMT) def. Ray Woo-Jason Magnuson, 6-0, 6-2. Ryan Busche-Calvin King (FMT) def. Carl Ziegler-Sean Paczosa, 6-3, 6-1.
Andy Hagen-Tony Joseph (FMT) def. Tyler Rehrer-Jason Magnuson, 6-3, 6-0. Austin Becker (FMT) def. Tyler Rehrer, 6-1, 6-0.
Austin 7, Blue Earth Area 0 - The Packers tennis team blanked the Bucs 7-0 during nonconference action on Monday in Austin.
Colten Detweiler shut out Chandler Kienitz, 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1 singles, before Jeremy Olmsted downed Chance Andrews 6-2, 6-0 at second singles.
Seth Hebrink and Justin Bergemann then combined to earn a sweep of the singles bracket for the Packers.
Hebrink beat Leon Chaudhari 6-3, 6-2 at third singles, while Bergemann handed Spencer Petersen a 6-3, 6-0 loss at fourth singles.
Carter Steichen and Levi Verkandt kept the winning roll going, beating Jaron King and Martin Granados 6-2, 6-1 at first doubles.
Ethan Anderson and Owen Nelson then took a second doubles win for the Packers, beating Justus Thelen and Mason Hehr, 6-0, 6-1.
The Packers' Clyde Carver and Sawyer Meyers then completed the sweep, winning 6-0, 6-3 over Parker Kienitz and Spenser Timmerman at third doubles.
Blue Earth Area (0-3, 0-2 SCC) plays host to Worthington in a 4:30 p.m. meet today at Schroeder Courts.
Austin 7, BEA 0
Singles: Colten Detwieler (A) def. Chandler Kienitz, 6-0, 6-0. Jeremy Olmsted (A) def. Chance Andrews, 6-2, 6-0. Seth Hebrink (A) def. Leon Chaudhari, 6-3, 6-2. Justin Bergemann (A) def. Spencer Petersen, 6-3, 6-0.
Doubles: Carter Steichen-Levi Verkandt (A) def. Jaron King-Martin Granados, 6-2, 6-1. Ethan Anderson-Owen Nelson (A) def. Justus Thelen-Mason Hehr, 6-0, 6-1. Clyde Carver-Sawyer Meyers (A) def. Parker-Kienitz-Spenser Timmerman, 6-0, 6-3.