Tennis boys down ‘Dogs

Friday, April 13, 2018

LE MARS — Spencer’s tennis boys needed their best effort in their first action of the season Thursday night, traveling to take on three-time defending Lakes Conference champion Le Mars. The Tigers took care of business and put the league on notice with a 6-3 victory.

“I went into the meet just a little bit concerned because Le Mars has already had a chance to play a conference meet earlier this week,” Tiger boys tennis coach Joe Steele said. “I thought that might be an advantage for them because they’ve had the experience of playing meaningful matches. In the end, I was really happy with the way our kids competed, and we played pretty well in the close matches despite it being our first meet.”

Spencer took control of the meet in singles play, winning the one, two, three and five matches by scores of 10-4, 10-8, 10-3 and 10-0 respectively.

“I think the highlight of the night was the play of the Carpenter brothers,” Steele said. “Grant got us started with a dominant win at No. 5 singles. He really stepped up and played the best I’ve seen him play so far this spring. It was a great way to start his varsity career. Kade followed with a very good win over Zach Wingert of Le Mars who is one of the top returning singles players in the conference. Kade and Marcus Klemme looked goo at No. 1 doubles as well.”

Kade Carpenter and Klemme cruised to their doubles win 10-2.

“We had two other players make their varsity debuts tonight,” Steele said. “Cooper Fox teamed up with John Feldmann to get a come-from-behind victory. They were down 5-8 and fought back to get the win. Jack DeWitt was a little nervous playing in his first match and got off to an 0-3 start. After those first three games though, he settled into the match and played his senior opponent pretty evenly. I’m very happy with the way he played, and he’ll only get better with experience.”

The Tigers move to 1-0 with the win ahead of a tough stretch scheduled to include Spirit Lake-Okoboji, Storm Lake and Cherokee next week. The tilt with SL-O is intended to take place Monday in Spencer.

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