Spencer sweeps away Braves

Monday, May 8, 2017
Spencer’s Cam Chaffin nearly drops all the way to one knee for a forehand during his singles victory against Cherokee Monday. The Tigers swept the Braves 9-0. (Photo by Nate Shaughnessy)

Monday night’s breezy heat provided a new challenge for the Spencer tennis boys, but the Tigers yielded a familiar result in a 9-0 sweep of the Cherokee Braves.

“One of the not so amusing challenges during the tennis season is the weather,” Spencer boys tennis coach Joe Steele said. “We’ve played in frigid cold for most of the season, and tonight we got hot and windy. I thought at times we looked a little tired and slow, but I’m pleased we got the win despite having to adapt to the warm conditions.”

The Tigers won all six of their singles matches in straight sets with the closest matchup being Trey Sievers’ No. 3 tilt which he won 6-2, 6-4.

“I thought the best win in singles came from Trey. He reversed a loss from earlier this year in pretty routine fashion. It was good to see him get that win,” Steele said. “I should also point out that Austin (Crew) has quietly gone undefeated at No. 5 as has Fran (Faruolo) at No. 6 singles. That depth has been the strength of the team this season.”

Kade Carpenter and Marcus Klemme got an easy 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 1 doubles while Sievers and Crew teamed up for a 6-0, 6-3 win at No. 2. Parker Polaschek and Matt Mixon made their varsity debuts at No. 3, getting a 7-6, 2-6, 10-8 victory.

“Speaking of depth, Parker and Matt are two guys that have been practicing with the team for four and three years respectively, and I felt they had earned the right to play a varsity match. Even though they haven’t gotten into the varsity lineup, they have contributed a great deal to the team in a hundred different ways,” Steele explained. “They are great workers and teammates, and I couldn’t be happier for them to get the win in their varsity debut at No. 3 doubles. It wasn’t easy, and they had a dip in their level of play during the second set, but they found a way to pull it out in the super tiebreaker. It was a great effort from them.”

Spencer finishes the dual season with a record of 9-2 overall and 8-2 in the conference. Next up is the district meet on Thursday in Le Mars.

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