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Lakers win battle of Mid-State champs

The showdown between the co-Mid-State champions was as close as it was during the conference meet last weekend, as the Detroit Lakes boys' tennis team survived Staples-Motley 5-2 Tuesday.

The dual featured four matches which were decided in three sets, with the Lakers going 3-1 in them to tip the scales.

"We played extremely well today," said DL head coach Wade Johnson. "Staples-Motley is an outstanding young team. The match could have gone either way."

Senior Thieris Galdino rebounded nicely in his No. 2 singles match after falling to sophomore Guthrie Coughlin 6-2 in the first set.

Galdino rallied to win the second set 6-4 and the decisive third 6-3.

"Thieris dug deep to get a big win for us at No. 2 singles and Isaac Fondrick came through for us, as well," Johnson said.

Fondrick also went three sets, winning the first 7-5, losing the second 6-2 and taking the third 6-2.

Senior Tanner Duncan won in straight sets, 6-0, 6-1 over S-M sophomore Matt Spar to give the Lakers a 3-1 edge in singles play.

The Cardinals swept singles play during the Mid-State meet last Friday, while the Lakers took all three doubles titles.

CJ Hanson and Jesse Meyer outlasted Derek Wolhowe and Anthony Duhn at No. 1 doubles, winning the final set 7-5 after the two teams exchanged a pair of 6-1 scores.

At No. 3 doubles, Garret Duncan and Derick Brehm downed Grant Longbella and Dale Vogt 6-0, 6-1.

The Lakers will face Perham on the road Thursday for a 4:30 p.m. start, before entering Section 8-2A play starting Tuesday, May 25.

Laker results

Detroit Lakes at Staples-Motley, Tuesday, May 18.

Lakers 5, Cardinals 2

Singles -- 1. Jordan Peterson (SM) def. Jake Hartman 6-0, 6-0; 2. Thieris Galdino (DL) def. Guthrie Coughlin 2-6, 6-4, 6-3; 3. Isaac Fondrick (DL) def. Austin Hirschey 7-5, 2-6, 6-2; 4. Tanner Duncan (DL) def. Matt Spar 6-0, 6-1.

Doubles -- 1. CJ Hanson/Jesse Meyer (DL) def. Derek Wolhowe/Anthony Duhn 6-1, 1-6, 7-5; 2. Shane Suess/Josh Solway (SM) def. Levi Nordine/Alex Fondrick 6-3, 4-6, 6-1; 3. Garret Duncan/Derick Brehm (DL) def. Grant Longbella/Dale Vogt 6-0, 6-1.