Boys tennis: Raiders trip up Stillwater

 

OAK PARK HEIGHTS — Unable to keep pace with Roseville in doubles, Stillwater fell short in Tuesday’s 4-3 Suburban East Conference boys’ tennis dual at Stillwater Area High School. It was the second one-point conference loss in five days for the Ponies, who also fell to Hastings by that score on Thursday.

“It was another close conference match, but we couldn’t put a dent in their doubles and they have a really strong No. 1 singles player,” Ponies coach Dave Kahl said.

Stillwater’s Kurt Patterson bounced back from a sluggish start to defeat Brian Peterson 1-6, 7-5, 6-2 at fourth singles while teammates Mitch Johnson and Daniel Ahrendt prevailed at second and third singles.

Roseville won its critical singles point from Ross Stecklein at the top of the lineup with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Nick Rheinberger and also swept all three doubles matches in straight sets.

“Mitch continued his stellar play at second singles and Daniel Ahrendt and Kurt Patterson pitched in with nice wins at third and fourth singles, but their doubles were very strong today,” Kahl said.

 

Roseville 4, Stillwater 3

Singles

No. 1 — Ross Stecklein (Ros) def. Nick Rheinberger, 6-1, 6-1.

No. 2 — Mitch Johnson (St) def. Carlos Espinoza, 6-2, 6-1.

No. 3 — Daniel Ahrendt (St) def. Jim Mooney, 6-4, 6-2.

No. 4 — Kurt Patterson (St) def. Brian Peterson, 1-6, 7-5, 6-2.

 

Doubles

No. 1 — Stephen Ku-Alex Polydoroff (Ros) def. Brian Treacy-Nate Anderson, 6-4, 6-1.

No. 2 — Chris Witwicke-Eric Hall (Ros) def. Brady Tynen-Matt Treacy, 6-4, 6-0.

No. 3 — Kelvin Wong-Jack Lange (Ros) def. John Talbot-Steig Peterson, 6-1, 6-1.

 

East Ridge 7, Stillwater 0

At Woodbury, despite having no seniors in its lineup, East Ridge pulled through in the close matches — including a three-set victory at third doubles and a 4-0 record in tiebreakers — while blanking the Ponies 7-0 in Friday’s 7-0 Suburban East Conference boys’ tennis dual.

“We had some good, competitive matches, but couldn’t pull any of them out,” Ponies coach Dave Kahl said. “Mitch Johnson had an especially terrific, hard-hitting match, but came up just short in two long tiebreaker sets.”

 

East Ridge 7, Stillwater 0

Singles

No. 1 — Greg Sharrow (ER) def. Nick Rheinberger, 6-2, 6-2.

No. 2 — Ben Vandersman (ER) def. Mitch Johnson, 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (11-9).

No. 3 — Nikhil Gupta (ER) def. Daniel Ahrendt, 6-3, 7-5.

No. 4 — Riley Pratt (ER) def. Kurt Patterson, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5).

 

Doubles

No. 1 — Zak Nigatu-Vishaal Gupta (ER) def. Brian Treacy-Nate Anderson, 6-1, 6-1.

No. 2 — Phillip Cai-Evan Lu (ER) def. Brady Tynen-Matt Treacy, 6-0, 7-6 (7-3).

No. 3 — Cormac Dolezal-Aaron Christianson (ER) def. John Talbot-Riley Hollerbach, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.

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