DL netters end regular season with two wins
A good note was struck by the Detroit Lakes boys' tennis team this past Tuesday, with a pair of convincing Mid-State Conference wins to end the regular season.
Two victories by the identical scores of 6-1 was put in by the Lakers, who finish the Mid-State with a 3-1 mark and more importantly build some momentum for the Section 8-1A playoffs, which start Tuesday.
DL will open section play in Park Rapids against the Panthers at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. The team tournament concludes Wednesday, with the first round of the individual tourney starting that same afternoon in Crookston.
Both wins came on the road, as the Lakers swept singles play in each.
In Perham Thursday, both Ryan Borgeson and Jesse Meyer had long matches at No. 1 and 2 singles, but each picked up the win.
Borgeson downed Perham's Gus Rutten 6-4, 6-2, while Meyer outlasted Mike Howey in the first set in a grueling duel, with the DL netter coming out on top 12-10 in the tiebreaker to win 7-6.
He moved on to win the second set and the sweep, 6-2.
"The matches were even closer than the scores," said DL head coach Jim Hinson. "Both Ryan and Jesse end the season with 6-1 records in the Mid-State."
Eric Roethel remained unscathed in the conference with a 7-0 mark, after he dominated Dylan Ashcraft 6-0, 6-0 at No. 3 singles, while Bryce Butzer won the fourth singles match 6-1, 6-0 over Trevor Meece.
Butzer finished with a 4-0 conference record.
DL was victorious in two doubles matches, as the No. 1 team of Alex Nustad and Ben Van Offelen won in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2.
The third singles duo team of Jon Chelmo and Levi Nordine won on a pair of 6-0 set victories, as well.
The Lakers had to mix up their lineup Tuesday against Wadena-Deer Creek, but it still resulted in a 6-1 win.
"Because three of our starters (Butzer, Jerry Walden and Jake Hartman) couldn't play, we had to change up our lineup," Hinson said.
All of DL's singles players won, and all of them in straight sets.
Borgeson downed Jason Hall at No. 1 singles, while Jesse Meyer, Nustad and Chelmo each won down the line.
"Jesse Meyer stepped up into the No. 2 singles and continued to show the ability to make adjustments in his game," Hinson said. "He has faced four different styles of play in his last four matches and showed the versatility not often found in a freshman and first-year varsity player."
Roethel moved up to No. 1 doubles with VanOffelen, and they also won in straight sets, 6-0, 6-3.
At No. 2 doubles, CJ Hanson and Levi Nordine won 6-3, 7-5 over Michael Paulson and Cody Bain.
Detroit Lakes at Perham, Thursday, May 15.
Lakers 6, Perham 1
Singles -- 1. Ryan Borgeson (DL) def. Gus Rutten 6-4, 6-2; 2. Jesse Meyer (DL) def. Mike Howey 7-6 (12-10), 6-2; 3. Eric Roethel (DL) def. Dylan Ashcraft 6-0, 6-0; 4. Bryce Butzer (DL) def. Trevor Meece 6-1, 6-0.
Doubles -- 1. Alex Nustad/Ben VanOffelen (DL) def. Scott Eickshen/Mike Buer 6-2, 6-2; 2. John Carlson/Joe Berns (Perh) def. Jerry Walden/C.J. Hanson 6-4, 7-6 (7-5); 3. Jon Chelmo/Levi Nordine (DL) def. Tony Guck/Luke Hofland 6-0, 6-0.
Detroit Lakes at Wadena-Deer Creek, Tuesday, May 13.
Lakers 6, Wolverines 1
Singles -- 1. Borgeson def. Jason Hall 6-3, 6-1; 2. Meyer def. Taylor Garcia 6-1, 6-0; 3. Nustad def. Florence Ahmeti 6-2, 6-1; 4. Chelmo def. Cory Petton 6-2, 6-0.
Doubles -- 1. Roethel/VanOffelen def. Caleb Bigham/Tom Leyh 6-0, 6-3; 2. Hanson/Nordine def. Michael Paulson/Cody Bain 6-3, 7-5; 3. Mitch Girard/Mike Paavala (WDC) def. Brett Montplaisir/Clem Foltz 7-5, 4-6, 6-3.