OAK PARK HEIGHTS — Stillwater jumped in front with victories in the first three matches finished, but Hastings was stronger down the stretch to pull out a 4-3 Suburban East Conference boys’ tennis victory over the Ponies on Thursday at Stillwater Area High School.
The Ponies (0-2 SEC, 1-2) picked up a second singles win from Mitch Johnson, who dispatched Ben Klimek 6-1, 6-3, but lost in three sets at the first, third and fourth spots as Hastings rallied for the narrow victory.
“It was a heartbreaker,” Ponies coach Dave Kahl said. “We won the first three matches off the court, unfortunately we could not manufacture that fourth point.”
The Raiders collected an important win at first doubles for their first point and then reeled off the trio of singles victories. Cody Anderson rallied for a 1-6, 7-6 (7-1), 6-0 victory over Stillwater’s Nick Rheinberger at first singles and Steve Roach pulled out a 6-4, 6-7 (7-4), 6-1 victory over Brian Treacy at the third spot. Alex Zuzek also bounced back after losing the first set to produce a 3-6, 7-6 (7-2), 7-5 win over Kurt Patterson at fourth singles.
Stillwater won at second doubles with Brady Tynen and Matt Treacy defeating Killian Konrady and Robby Troje 6-1, 6-2. John Talbot and Steig Peterson also had little trouble while turning in a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Carson Whyle and Danny Steiner at third doubles.
“Really nice performances by second singles, second doubles and third doubles, but losing three three-setters in singles smarts,” Kahl said. “Good efforts, though. Brian Treacy battled through a pulled muscle at third singles and Kurt Patterson kept our hopes alive until the final point in a back-and-forth match at fourth singles, but it wasn’t meant to be.”
l Riley Hollerbach and Jack Leach recorded a 6-2 exhibition doubles victory for the Ponies.
Hastings 4, Stillwater 3
No. 1 — Cody Anderson (Has) def. Nick Rheinberger, 1-6, 7-6 (7-1), 6-0.
No. 2 — Mitch Johnson (St) def. Ben Klimek, 6-1, 6-3.
No. 3 — Steve Roach (Has) def. Brian Treacy, 6-4, 6-7 (7-4), 6-1.
No. 4 — Alex Zuzek (Has) def. Kurt Patterson, 3-6, 7-6 (7-2), 7-5.
No. 1 — Craig Nielsen-Austin Houska (Has) def. Daniel Ahrendt-Nate Anderson, 6-2, 6-0.
No. 2 — Brady Tynen-Matt Treacy (St) def. Killian Konrady-Robby Troje, 6-1, 6-2.
No. 3 — John Talbot-Steig Peterson (St) def. Carson Whyle-Danny Steiner, 6-2, 6-0.