Tennis: Elks trip Coon Rapids 7-0 in conference opener

by Bruce Strand, Sports editor

 

Three hard-earned doubles victories helped Elk River open its conference season with a 7-0 conquest of Coon Rapids that was a pleasant surprise to the head coach there Tuesday.

 

“Surprising because they have such a good team and we traditionally have very close matches over there,” noted Randy Ronning. “This was a much closer match than the score of 7-0 indicates, however.”

 

Ryan Ness and Josh Chuba at 1-doubles beat a Cardinal duo that won their section title last year, 6-3, 7-6. Zak Steichen and Dylan Berger at No. 2 and Nathan Chanthamontry and Jesse Bragg at No. 3 each won in three sets, with Chanthamontry-Bragg winning the last five games to take the third set 7-5.

 

“All three Cardinal doubles teams were strong,” said Ronning. “Overall, it was a great effort by the Elks and a much-cherished win.”

 

Sam and Josh Gearou, Mitchel Brandel and Joe Wetherille were all straight-sets winners in singles.

 

The Elks (4-0) will host Maple Grove on Thursday.

 

Elk River 7, Coon Rapids 0

 

Singles

(1) Sam Gearou, ERZ, def Chad Stearns 6-0, 6-1

(2) Josh Gearou, ERZ, def Matt Gagnon 6-1, 6-1

(3) Mitchel Brandel, ERZ, def Paul Klecker 6-0, 6-2

(4) Joe Wetherille, ERZ, def Kendall Setts 6-1, 7-6

 

Doubles

(1) Ryan Ness-Josh Chuba, ERZ, dec Rumeal Setts-Scott Storrick 6-3, 7-6

(2) Zak Steichen-Dylan Berger, ERZ, def Agassi Mila-Matt Tellander 4-6, 6-3, 6-2

(3) Nathan Chanthamontry-Jesse Bragg, ERZ, def Alex Krutchen-Matt Moorehouse 6-2, 4-6, 7-5

 

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