Tennis: Marathon doubles win helps Rogers beat St. Francis 6-1

Rogers’ No. 1 doubles team won the longest match their program has ever had on Monday to help the Royals defeat St. Francis 6-1 in Rogers.

“Many of the matches were very close, but none as close as first doubles. That was longest match I’ve ever seen here,” said Nick Scheevel, the Royals coach since the program started.

After more than three hours, Drew Puetz and AJ Peterson outlasted St. Francis’ Kyle Swanson and Jedd Brunner 6-7, 7-6, 7-6.

“Drew and A.J. fought hard the whole way through,” said Scheevel, noting that they rallied from 2-5 in the third set.

The matches were all competitive, including three 7-5 sets and four 7-6 sets.

“We just had a day where everyone played very well and most of the tiebreakers went our way,” said Scheevel. “I give credit to St. Francis. On any given day it could have gone the other way.”

Rogers (3-2 in the Mississippi 8 and 7-5 overall) will host Buffalo on Tuesday.

Rogers 6, St. Francis 1

(1) Jonah Larson (R) def. Blake McReavy 6-1, 6-2
(2) Cory Penick (R) def. Gunner Dupont 7-5, 7-5
(3) Jake Bromen (SF) def. Garrett Scherber 6-4, 7-6
(4) Nathan Pinter (R) def. Landon Henjum 7-5, 6-3

(1) Drew Puetz/AJ Peterson (R) def. Kyle Swanson/Jedd Bruner 6-7, 7-6, 7-6
(2) Reed Kolles/Thomas Lloyd (R) def. Dustin Doucette/Jake Mau 6-3, 7-6
(3) Travis Limoseth/Tyler Oertli (R) def. Blake Cipperly/Kyle Keehr 6-2, 6-2