The Elk River tennis team rolled past Centennial 7-0 on Tuesday, moving one step closer to what should be a conference championship-deciding match Thursday.
“Nice win over a good team,” said Elk coach Randy Ronning. The Cougars have often been the Elks’ top Northwest Suburban rival in both boys and girls tennis.
The Elks (12-1) will play at Park Center on Wednesday, and unless the Pirates pull a huge upset, the Elks will be unbeaten in conference when they host the NWSC’s other ranked team, Maple Grove, on Thursday.
One highlight against Centennial was No. 1 singles player Josh Gearou winning 6-1, 6-2 over Burke Anderson, who beat Gearou last year. Another was Nathan Chathamontry and Logann Burns surviving five match points for a 3-set win at No. 1 doubles. Noah Steichen and Jordan Haack won two tiebreakers to take a 3-setter at No. 2 doubles.
Elks 7, Centennial 0
(1) Josh Gearou, ER, def Burke Anderson 6-1, 6-2
(2) Sam Gearou, ER, def Bridger Hagen 6-0, 6-0
(3) Josh Chuba, ER, def Nick Knudson 6-0, 6-0
(4) Joe Wetherille, ER, def Travis Bretol 6-3, 6-3
(1) Nathan Chanthamontry-Logann Burns, ER, def Aaron Quach-Kevin Fox 3-6, 6-4, 7-5
(2) Noah Steichen-Jordan Haack, ER, def Connor Lund-Peter Kelly, 7-6, 3-6, 10-8
(3) Nick Tran-Tyler Creelman, ER, def Dusty Johnston-Brendan O’Connell 6-0, 6-2