Following a win over Green, the Lake tennis team is looking toward the postseason and hoping to have several players make a deep run into the state tournament.
The Lake tennis team is looking toward the postseason and hoping to have several players make a deep run into the state tournament. The Green Bulldogs (5-13) are a team with no seniors on the roster and one that has struggled for much of the year.
Before entering the sectional tournament, the two geographic rivals met in a non-league match and the Blue Streaks (10-8) captured a 4-1 win to boost their record to 10-8.
Lake swept all three singles matches and took one of two doubles matches, with first singles player Dale Booher leading the way with a 6-0, 6-4 win over Green’s Tom Saunders.
Both players struggled with their serves, but it was Booher who was able to minimize his double faults and sweep the first set before Saunders battled back in a competitive second set. He was able to close the gap to 5-4, but Booher served out for the win to get his team on the board
“Today, I didn’t expect to play good; I hadn’t played in a couple of days, but I felt pretty fresh,” Booher said. “I had been double-faulting a lot, but today I got my second serve in a lot and played steady.”
It was a solid day for the Blue Streaks’ other singles players as well, with second singles player Clay Schnars and third singles player Justin Miranville besting Green’s Adam Jasso and Ken Cozby by scores of 6-2, 6-2 and 6-1, 6-0, respectively.
The most competitive action of the match came on the doubles courts, where the first doubles match was the only contest to go three sets. The Green duo of Alex Bindreiter and Isaac Lampner dropped the first set 6-3, but scrambled back in the second set for a 6-4 win that sent the match to a third and deciding set.
Both teams spent much of the match racing all over the court, running down shots and going well beyond the court lines to return shots.
Lake’s Nick Changet and Gunnar Schied found their footing in the third set, winning four out of the final five games to close out the win. Chilly temperatures and wind made serves a challenging undertaking all afternoon long and Changet and Schied were able to capitalize on their Green counterparts’ miscues to take the deciding set.
Green’s lone point came from the second doubles team of Clay Hammes and John Moresea, who won in straight sets, 6-3, 7-6. After the back-and-forth second set, Cameron Shelton and Neil Beaman of Lake were able to overcome inconsistent serving to force a tiebreaker. Hammes and Moresea responded with a pair of clutch shots to claim the win and the point.
With the win, Lake secured a winning record for the season and can now head into the sectional tournament feeling good about its recent play.
Page 2 of 2 - “Dale Booher is the No. 2 seed overall and he has a really good draw,” Lake coach Matt Westfall said. “Also, our first doubles team has a favorable draw and I think if they play well, they can go a long way at sectionals as well.”
For Green, the result was disappointing, but veteran coach Jan Hicks has seen progress from her young team over the course of the year and is looking for more growth in the remainder of the season.
“We’re making improvements, (but) unfortunately it hasn’t translated yet into games won and matches won,” Hicks observed. “They guys just have to be aggressive and be consistent and that’s been our challenge this season.”
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