The Le Mars Community boys tennis team won its third straight dual and its fifth in six outings this season with a sweep of Estherville Lincoln Central Thursday in Estherville.
In singles action, winners for the Bulldogs included No. 1 Tim Claussen (10-1), No. 2 Jared Ritz (10-0), No. 3 Dustin Petty (10-1), No. 4 Kyle Koth (10-1), No. 5 Ryan Becker (10-5) and No. 6 Joel Kruse (10-6).
Ritz and Becker teamed up at No. 1 doubles for a 10-5 win as well, while No. 2 doubles Claussen and Koth (10-2) and No. 3 doubles Petty and Kruse (10-4) completed the Le Mars sweep.
The Bulldogs (5-1, 4-1) have a pair of important duals in the upcoming week with Cherokee and Spirit Lake on the schedule. Le Mars narrowly defeated the Braves 5-4 in the season's first meeting and lost its only dual of the year to the Indians April 10. Coach Bill Dalton said the results of the next two meets could shape the season for Le Mars.
"We're just looking at next week and we have Cherokee at Cherokee and then we have Spirit Lake. We'll find out really where we're at and how much we've improved," said Dalton. "I'd say the lights are green and we're firing on all cylinders. I'm pretty excited about this next week and the kids are too. I think they're ready for it."
Le Mars' JV team also scored a victory at Estherville, but needed a come-from-behind win at No. 2 doubles to do so.
In singles action, No. 2 Eli Young won 8-4 to improve to 5-0 on the season, No. 4 Mike Rosacker won 8-2, No. 5 Mitch Baas won 8-2 and No. 6 Eric Janssen kept his unbeaten record (6-0) intact with an 8-2 win. No. 7 Zach Lancaster also scored an 8-2 victory to put the Bulldogs up 5-2 heading into doubles play, but the No. 1 pair of Jordan Freking and Brody Rowe lost 8-1 and No. 3 Tyler Pottebaum and Justin Wentz went down 8-5 to pull leave the Midgets trailing just one 5-4 with the No. 2 doubles match remaining. Tyler Petty and Dan Mai - in the No. 2 doubles slot - were down to their ELC opponents 3-0, but rallied for an 8-5 win to give the Bulldogs the overall 6-4 dual victory.