By STUART GROSKREUTZ
OAK PARK HEIGHTS – Consistent play at first and second singles has not translated to victories for the Stillwater boys’ tennis team.
The Ponies (2-7 SEC, 5-9) lost their third straight match by the same score while falling to Woodbury 5-2 in Monday’s Suburban East Conference dual at Stillwater Area High School.
Colton Anderson defeated Matt Shubert 6-2, 6-2 at first singles to provide the first of Stillwater’s points on Monday. Three of the seven points required three sets to decide, but Sam Stiff at second singles was the only one to prevail in those matches. Stiff lost the first set, but rallied for a 5-7, 7-5, 6-4 win over Joey Shubert.
"There were some good, close three-set matches, unfortunately they won the two of those that we needed," Stillwater coach Dave Kahl said. "First and second singles continues to come through for us."
The Ponies lost in three sets at first and third doubles while Nick Rheinberger lost a first-set tie-breaker in an eventual 7-6 (7-4), 6-2 setback against Ben Sajevic at third singles.
Woodbury’s Jordon Stevens and Darsh Desai rallied for a 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 win over Mitch Johnson and Scott Xiong at first doubles while Matt Miedt and Victor Ding held off Stillwater’s Nate Anderson and Daniel Ahrendt 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.
The Royals also pulled out a hard-fought victory at second doubles with David Lundberg and Arie Scherson clipping Max Wilkinson and Stone Xiong 7-5, 6-3.
n Stillwater won two exhibition matches on Monday, including an 8-4 singles victory by Victor Ary and an 8-0 doubles triumph by Brady Tynen and Nick Folz.
Woodbury 5, Stillwater 2
No. 1 – Colton Anderson (St) def. Matt Shubert, 6-2, 6-2.
No. 2 – Sam Stiff (St) def. Joey Shubert, 5-7, 7-5, 6-4.
No. 3 – Ben Sajevic (Wo) def. Nick Rheinberger, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2.
No. 4 – Michael Chu (Wo) def. Brian Treacy, 6-0, 6-0.
No. 1 – Jordon Stevens-Darsh Desai (Wo) def. Mitch Johnson-Scott Xiong, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4.
No. 2 – David Lundberg (Wo) def. Max Wilkinson-Stone Xiong, 7-5, 6-3.
No. 3 – Matt Miedt-Victor Ding (Wo) def. Nate Anderson-Daniel Ahrendt, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.