The LUHS tennis team traveled to Phillips Saturday for a rare doubleheader, and emerged the winner of both matches by identical 7-0 scores.
Head coach Ted Dasler said while not the norm, doubleheaders can happen when weather forces cancelations.
“We were supposed to play them on back-to-back Fridays,” he said. “The date here got rained out and we couldn’t work anything else out on our schedules. So their coach proposed we play each other twice there.”
Brad Holcombe at one singles and Zach Carlson at two singles won over their counterparts from Phillips, Sam Novak and Hunter Schilling, in identical 6-0, 6-0 fashion.
In fact, in the first match, all four singles players won their matches 6-0, 6-0, with Andy Durette at three singles defeating Alex Briske while Ryan Porter defeated Vince Ringersma at four singles.
“Although Phillips is not very strong, it was still nice to see our singles players come through the day that strong,” Dasler said.
In doubles play, in match one Nick Garcia and Levi Herrick at one doubles defeated Marcell Vaondrus 6-1, 6-2. At two doubles, Michael Brodhead and Joe Jirikowic defeated Bryan Valign and Tarstein Hesthag 6-0, 6-1. In three doubles, Mike Laurence and Ross Koester defeated Luke Heidenreich and Lucas Szwec 6-2, 6-3.
In the second match of the doubleheader, Holcombe, Carlson and Laurence/Koester all won by 6-0, 6-0 scores. Durette won 6-3, 6-4 at three singles, while Porter dropped just one point for a 6-0, 6-1 score at four singles. Garcia/Herrick won 6-2, 6-4 at one doubles, and Brodhead/Jirikowic won 6-0, 6-2 at number two doubles.
“For the second match, Phillips switched their lineup,” Dasler said. “They had their singles players play doubles and two doubles players compete at singles. That’s why the scores were a little closer in the second game.”
Dasler said the team should do well in the upcoming postseason.
“On paper, we should do pretty well. Last year we were second in the sectional and we only lost two players,” he said. “I think it will all come down to how we are seeded this year.”
The team will wrap up the Great Northern Conference portion of their season Thursday after finishing a rain-delayed match with Antigo that Dasler said could go either way. That match will be played at Rhinelander, where the coaches will hold their seeding meeting.
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