Eagles fall to Cardinals
By Jeremy Behnke
Journal Sports Editor
NEW ULM – Although its very early in the season, the New Ulm boys tennis team certainly has the look to be a competitive team in the South Central Conference.
The Eagles looked strong at some spots Friday against South Central Conference foe Fairmont, but New Ulm lost 4-3 to the Cardinals.
While a close loss early in the season is usually a tough pill to swallow, the Eagles (1-1) aren’t too disappointed yet.
New Ulm’s Alex King lost a tough match at first singles, falling 6-4, 7-6 (7-2). The Eagles and Cardinals split the singles competition, but Fairmont took two of three from the doubles side.
“Our No. 1 singles, Alex King, had a tough match and he lost in a tiebreaker,” New Ulm coach Peter Engeldinger said. “He felt that he was a little out of his game. But our No. 2 and 3 singles and our No. 1 doubles were really solid.”
New Ulm’s Calvin Collum earned a 6-2, 6-1 victory over J.T. Vesselman at No. 2 singles and Josh Koelpin picked up a 6-1, 6-0 quick victory over Tyler Heat at No. 3 singles for the Eagles.
Isaiah Johnson and Nic Gartner picked up the other Eagles victory when they won 6-2, 6-1 at No. 1 doubles.
New Ulm is at New Prague on Monday.
Fairmont 4, New Ulm 3
SINGLES: No. 1 – Grant Becker (FMT) def. Alex King 6-4, 7-6 (7-2); No. 2 – Calvin Collum (NU) def. J.T. Vesselman 6-2, 6-1; No. 3 – Josh Koelpin (NU) def. Tyler Head 6-1, 6-0; No. 4 – Stephen Johnson (FMT) def. Noah Stocker 6-3, 6-0.
DOUBLES: No. 1 – Isaiah Johnson and Nic Gartner (NU) def. Andrew Johnson and Ryan Busche 6-2, 6-1; No. 2 – Lake Kallenbach and Mitch Anderson (FMT) def. Billy Griffith and Sam Frederickson 6-4, 2-6, 6-3; No. 3 – Carter Klanderud and Austin Becker (FMT) def. David Struck and Taylor Tamborino 6-0; 6-0.