FAIRMONT - The Class A, No. 8-ranked Mound Westonka White Hawks boys tennis team rolled into Fairmont and cruised to a 6-1 nonconference victory on Friday at Cardinal Courts in Fairmont.
Carter Klanderud fended off the White Hawks' sweep, winning at third singles for the Cardinals' lone point of the meet.
"Each time that Carter has played this season, it just seems like his game gets better and better," said Fairmont head coach Eric Johnson. "Today was another day where he really elevated it, and got a good win for us."
BACKHAND RETURN — Fairmont singles player Tyler Head hits a backhand return while approaching the net during nonconference tennis action at the Cardinal Courts in Fairmont. (Photo by Leanna Becker)
After sneaking out a 6-4 first-set victory over Torsten Lee, Klanderud came back from a 5-5 tie in the second set to clinch the win 7-5.
Top-ranked Luke Moorhead and Arend Turner cruised to White Hawk wins at first and second singles, respectively, while Matt Humbert sealed the singles dominance with a win at the fourth spot.
Moorhead shut out Cardinal freshman Tyler Head, 6-0, 6-0, at first singles.
Turner then blanked Austin Becker, 6-0, 6-0 at second singles.
"Tyler and Austin battled hard in their matches, but playing against two of the top-ranked players in the whole state is a tough task," said Johnson. "I was proud of the way they hung in there though."
Humbert dropped one game in the opening set of his match with Andy Hagen, but went on to win the match, 6-1, 6-0 at fourth singles.
The White Hawks then managed to hold on for a sweep through the doubles bracket to clinch the meet victory.
Jake Kallenbach and Tony Joseph battled with Jude Pierce and Sam Abegglen through the first set of their third doubles match, staying within a game at 1-2, 2-3 and 3-4.
Pierce and Abegglen then took the momentum, winning the next two games to take the set 6-3.
The duo then kept Kallenbach and Joseph on their heels, winning the second set 6-1.
Zach Martin and Michael Chicodo faced similar challenges with Fairmont's Ryan Busche and Mitch Anderton.
The Cardinals held a 3-2 lead in the first set of the second doubles match, but the White Hawks bounced back, winning four straight games to win the set 6-3.
Then Martin and Chicodo shut out Busche and Anderton, winning the second set 6-0.
Sterlin Johnson and Henrique Marquez teamed for a 6-3 first-set win over Tony Levens and Trevor Omann, but a strategic move by the White Hawks head coach Robert Paul proved difficult to handle.
"They set up in an 'I' formation after the first set, which was a good move by their coach because Henrique has never seen that," said Johnson. "It caused us some real problems."
After the switch, Levens and Omann won the second set 6-4 and then held on to win the tiebreaker 7-6 (7-1).
Fairmont (4-7, 1-3 South Central) plays host to Luverne in nonconference tennis meet action at 10 a.m. today at Cardinal Courts in Fairmont.
Mound Westonka (9-2) travels to play quadrangular tennis action at 9 a.m. today in St. James.
Mound Westonka 6,
Singles: Luke Moorhead (MW) def. Tyler Head, 6-0, 6-0. Arend Turner (MW) def. Austin Becker, 6-0, 6-0. Carter Klanderud (F) def. Torsten Lee, 6-4, 7-5. Matt Humbert (MW) def. Andy Hagen, 6-1, 6-0.
Doubles: Tony Levens-Trevor Omann (MW) def. Sterlin Johnson-Henrique Marquez, 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (7-1). Zach Martin-Michael Chiodo (MW) def. Ryan Busche-Mitch Anderton, 6-3, 6-0. Jude Pierce-Sam Abegglen (MW) def. Jake Kallenbach-Tony Joseph, 6-3, 6-1.
Mound Westonka 2,
Singles: Calvin King (F) def. Jack Reinhardt, 4-6, 7-5, 6-3. Reed Kohls (MW) def. Shawn Busche, 6-2, 6-2.
Doubles: Alex LaFortune-Victor Nelson (MW) def. Ben Hernes-Kellen Rodriguez, 6-2, 6-2.