Le Mars tennis tops Estherville-Lincoln Central

Monday, April 19, 2021

ESTHERVILLE/LE MARS — The Le Mars Community tennis teams took on Estherville-Lincoln Central in non-conference action Thursday.

The boys came away with a 7-2 win. Le Mars won the top five singles matches in the meet. Kaden Wingert won a 10-3 match in the top singles match over Grant Love.

“Kaden Wingert outdueled another lefty in the number one spot,” Le Mars boys coach Alex Struck said. “He sets the tone every meet with his stellar play at the one spot. He’s got every shot a tennis player could want in his arsenal.”

The biggest win was a 10-0 shutout for Matt Ahlers over Aaron Nissen at No. 2.

“Ahlers was in complete control his entire singles match, winning 10-0,” Struck said. “He excels at the net and is starting to pair that net play with wonderful groundstrokes. He had a fantastic night of tennis.”

Michael Meis and Jaxon Baumgartner were in competitive matches which resulted in identical 10-7 wins. Meis took down Brendan Finley while Baumgartner beat Jack Jensen.

“Meis played a lefty senior at the varsity three spot and came away with a gritty win. They had some great points, and it was nice to see Michael develop more consistency over the course of the match,” Struck said. “Baumgartner continued to battle at the varsity four spot, winning 10-7. He got down 3-0 early, but dug his way out of that hole. Credit to him for displaying determination and perseverance. He’s as mentally tough as they come.”  

Ryan Brown captured the last singles win with a 10-2 victory over Joe Amdahl.

“Ryan has been an anchor in the lineup so far this season, always playing the tennis we expect him to play,” Struck said.

The Midgets got their lone singles win at No. 6 as Carson Madsen won 10-4 over Samuel Bowen.

“Despite the loss, Sam continues to take steps forward with his tennis game. He had some tight games and long points that just didn’t go his way tonight,” Struck said.

Wingert and Bowen lost a close 10-8 battle in the top doubles match against Love and Madsen.

Le Mars won the other two doubles matches. Ahlers and Meis won 10-7 over Nissen and Jensen. Baumgartner and Brown won 10-4 over Finley and Amdahl in the third doubles pairing.

The Le Mars girls came away with a 6-3 win in their battle against the Midgets.

Caroline Meis edged out a 9-7 win at the top of the lineup against Abby Sander in what was the closest match of the meet.

Madison Claussen doubled up Kya Thiel for an 8-4 win.

The Midgets snagged the middle two positions as Grace Johnson beat Kennedi Masuen and Cadyn Wilhelm lost to Brenna Evans by identical 8-0 scores.

Le Mars picked up the other two singles matches. Hannah Albrecht scored an 8-2 win in the fifth spot against Kaitlyn Pollock. Mitzully Morales rounded out the singles matches with an 8-4 win over Claire Brandt.

In doubles, Meis and Claussen teamed up for the No. 1 win. Albrecht and Morales got the other win at No. 3 as both were 8-4 results. Masuen and Wilhelm lost their doubles match by an 8-2 score against Evans and Brandt.

The Le Mars teams are scheduled to play Sergeant Bluff-Luton on Monday.

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