Fairmont outduels St. James

ST. JAMES – Henrique Marquez and Carter Klanderud teamed at first doubles and won the deciding point to help Fairmont sneak by St. James 4-3 during South Central Conference tennis action on Thursday in St. James.

The Cardinals’ No. 1 doubles team trailed St. James’ Will Runge and Connor Engel 5-2 in the opening set, but came back to win five in a row to take the set 7-5.

Trailing 5-4 in the second set, Marquez and Klanderud grabbed the momentum and won two of three games to tie it at 6-all.

Marquez and Klanderud won the tiebreaker via a 7-5 score.

Fairmont nearly swept the singles bracket with wins at Nos. 1, 3 and 4.

Manuel Martinez beat St. James’ John Foss in straight sets, 6-4, 6-1 at No. 1 singles.

Tyler Head then gave Fairmont its second point by downing Sandin Skow 7-5, 6-2 at third singles.

The Cardinals’ Austin Becker cruised to a 6-1, 6-4 win over Brandon Hjelmer at No. 4 singles.

Fairmont’s No. 2 singles netter Sterlin Johnson battled Connor Olson to a third set, but fell just one game shy of the win.

Olson posted a 6-3 opening-set win before Johnson bounced back to return the favor with a 6-3 second-set victory.

The Cardinal junior then led the final set, 5-4, but couldn’t take the decisive game and Olson came back to win 7-5 to take the match.

Colin Hoppe and Cole Skow won the second doubles match for the Saints, downing Jake Kallenbach and Mitch Anderton in straight sets, 6-4, 7-5.

Fairmont’s third doubles team of Ryan Busche and Calvin King had an opportunity to win the match, after winning the second set and forcing a tiebreaker.

Unfortunately for Fairmont, St. James’ duo of Aaron Pluym and Cameron Giese fended them off for the victory.

The Saints won the opening set 6-1, before Busche and King won the second 6-2. The Cardinal duo rallied from a 4-1 deficit to even the set at 6-6 and forced a tiebreaker. The Saints then won the tiebreaker 7-3.

Fairmont (1-2, 1-1 SCC) plays host to Faribault in a 4:30 p.m. match on Monday at Cardinal Courts in Fairmont.

VARSITY RESULTS

Fairmont 4, St. James 3

Singles: Manuel Martinez (F) def. John Foss, 6-4, 6-1. Connor Olson (SJ) def. Sterlin Johnson, 3-6, 6-3, 5-7. Tyler Head (F) def. Sandin Skow, 7-5, 6-2. Austin Becker (F) def. Brandon Hjelmer, 6-1, 6-4.

Doubles: Henrique Marquez-Carter Klanderud (F) def. William Runge-Connor Engel, 7-5, 7-6 (7-5). Colin Hoppe-Cole Skow (SJ) def. Jake Kallenbach-Mitch Anderton, 6-4, 7-5. Aaron Pluym-Cameron Giese (SJ) def. Ryan Busche-Calvin King, 6-1, 2-6, 7-6 (7-3).

JV RESULTS

St. James 7, Fairmont 1

Singles: Jay Meyer (SJ) def. Shawn Busche, 4-1, 4-2. Alex Benavante (SJ) def. Christo Washa, 4-0, 4-0.

Doubles: Tony Joseph-Andy Hagen (F) def. Thor Henderson-Moises R., 4-3, 4-2. Brandon Johnson-Michael Coleman (SJ) def. Tony Joseph-Andy Hagen, 1-4, 4-3, 7-5. Jacob Carr-Zach Piper (SJ) def. Andrew Zhang-Connor Madsen, 4-0, 4-0. Dan Coleman-Kyler Johnson (SJ) def. Ben Hernes-Kellen Rodriguez, 4-2, 4-3. Derrick Bienke-Oscar Almendariz (SJ) def. Eric Head-Andrew Zhang, 4-1, 4-3. Dalton Wolle-Trey Witcraft (SJ) def. Blake Haugen-Tyrell Zieske, 4-3, 4-0.

St. Peter 7, Blue Earth Area 0 – The No. 8-ranked Saints shut out the Bucs, 7-0, during South Central Conference tennis action on Thursday in St. Peter.

Matthew Huber downed Chance Andrews 6-2, 6-0 at No. 1 singles, before Zeke Haugen beat Leon Chaudhari, 6-1, 6-1 at second singles.

Rafat Solaiman and Drew Elofson then completed the sweep of the singles bracket, beating Chandler Kientiz and Jaron King at third and fourth singles. Solaiman downed Kienitz, 7-5, 6-1, while Elofson won 6-2, 7-5 over King.

Alex Willson and Avery Bachman blanked Martin Granados and Justus Thelen, 6-0, 6-0, during No. 1 doubles action.

Ben Gault and Joey More then followed their St. Peter teammates’ lead and downed Spencer Petersen and Parker Kienitz in back-to-back 6-0 sets at second doubles.

Aaron Leeb and Zeke Kyoone then completed the doubles sweep for St. Peter with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Mason Hehr and Spenser Timmerman at the No. 3 spot in the bracket.

Blue Earth Area (0-2, 0-2 SCC) travels to Austin on Monday for a 4:30 p.m. nonconference meet.