by Eric Oslund
The Elk River boys tennis team was able to get two matches in on Thursday, April 13, starting with Osseo, one of their conference foes.
The Elks continued their hot start, winning all four of their singles matches with Tyler Creelman going 6-0 and 6-0; Ryan Hermanson winning 6-0 and 6-0; Joseph O’Connell took his match 6-1 and 6-0; and Matthew Gearou won his 6-1 and 6-0.
The team’s doubles were able to follow that performance with the pairing of Stewart Morrell and Tommy Chuba winning 6-1 and 6-1. Then Taiyo Larson and Connor Bizal took their match 7-5 and 6-2, and finally the pairing of Joseph Eberle and Jerret Nestico won 6-1 and 6-2.
That 7-0 sweep of Osseo gave the Elks a 5-0 record on the season, and a 2-0 conference record.
They looked to preserve that undefeated record when they hosted Minneapolis Washburn in their second game of the night, but things would not work out that way as they fell 5-2.
Things started out great for the Elks with Creelman taking wins of 6-1 and 6-4, after losing the first set 6-4. However, things would go south after that as Eberle, Nicholas Sporre and Gearou would each fall in straight sets.
The Elks would have to win all three of the double matches if they hoped to come away with a victory. Washburn took the first set of No. 1 doubles 6-3, but then Elk River’s pairing of Hermanson and O’Connell would respond, taking the second set 6-0. It all came down to the third and final set, but it was Washburn taking the third set 6-1.
Morrell and Chuba would take No. 2 doubles, but Washburn came back to take the third match.
It was a tough way for the Elks to suffer their first loss of the season, and they were unable to get things back on track Saturday, as the Eagan invite they were going to participate in was cancelled due to rain.
Their next game will be Tuesday, April 18, on the road against Blaine.