In what coach Ted Dasler called “the best day of the year so far,” the Lakeland tennis team got a big win over Great Northern Conference rival Rhinelander Tuesday at home 4-3.
The T-Birds got wins from Brad Holcombe at one singles, 6-2, 6-0; Zach Carlson at two singles; Michael Brodhead and Joe Jirikowic at two doubles 7-6, 6-4; and Mike Laurence and Ross Koester at three doubles, 6-0, 6-2.
Dasler said he liked what he saw from the team, especially those players who had to battle back. Win or lose, the effort would improve their play down the stretch.
None of the wins was as hard fought as two doubles.
“Michael and Joe went toe to toe at two doubles in a see-saw battle,” Dasler said. “This first set ended in a tie-breaker with Joe and Michael leading 4-3 only to lose the lead at 5-4. At 5-6, Joe hit a well placed shot to tie at 6 all. Brodhead and Jirikowic then won the next two points to win the tiebreaker. The duo was again down in the second set but forged ahead to take the second set 6-4.”
Dasler said Holcombe had long rallies, but stayed in control on his way to his win at one singles.
“Zach Carlson at two singles played a close first set 6-4, then went on to comfortably take the second set,” Dasler said. “At three singles Andy Durette played two tight sets before falling 6-4, 6-4. At four singles Ryan Porter had long rallies and a long match on his way to a 7-5, 6-4 loss.”
He said Mike Laurence and Ross Koester were solid at three doubles, winning 6-0, 6-2.
The junior varsity also won 5-1.
The T-Birds are now 4-1 in conference play. They were scheduled to play Antigo on Thursday and Phillips on Friday, both at home with 5 p.m. start times.
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