Fairmont netters shut out Redwood Valley

FAIRMONT – The Fairmont Cardinals blew away the Redwood Valley Cardinals 7-0 during nonconference boys tennis action on Tuesday at Cardinal Courts in Fairmont.

Fairmont didn’t lose a set during the meet, winning all seven matches in straight sets.

“I thought that today was a great match for us to have,” said Fairmont head coach Eric Johnson. “The opponent wasn’t as much of a challenge, but the weather really made us focus on our game.”

Mitch Anderton and Ryan Busche stayed laser focused during their second doubles win over Beau Nesburg and Michael Davila.

The Fairmont duo used strong ground strokes and consistent serving to shut out Redwood Valley 6-0, 6-0.

“I thought that one of the best matches of the meet was Ryan and Mitch’s,” said Johnson. “They both stayed focused throughout the match, which was tough but then they were able to hold off the other team to keep them from getting a win.”

Fairmont’s Carter Klanderud and Henrique Marquez nearly shut out their opponents at second doubles.

Klanderud and Marquez beat Cole Pettis and Sam Christenson 6-2 in the opening set before shutting out the Redwood team 6-0 in the second set.

Jake Kallenbach and Andy Hagen then held off John Lemmars and Aaron Boyle’s late second set surge to win at third doubles.

Kallenbach and Hagen won the opening set 6-3, but then fell behind 4-3 in the second set. The Fairmont duo came back, winning three straight as Kallenbach served out the final game with an ace for the 6-4 win.

“For Jake and Andy, they struggled yesterday at New Prague and were really getting down about it,” said Johnson. “It was good for them to have a match like this today, where they got down, but stayed positive and were able to win.”

Sterlin Johnson didn’t have a problem in his first singles match, using his sizzling serve to take down Tyler Hagen 6-4, 6-1.

Fairmont’s Tyler Head then cruised past Armando Davila 6-1, 6-3 at second singles.

Tony Joseph fended off Nate Benson for back-to-back set scores of 6-2, 6-2 at fourth singles for the win.

Austin Becker won the opening set of his third singles match 6-4 over Max Russell, but had to gut out a second set to earn the win.

After Russell and Becker played to a 5-5 tie in the second set, Becker bounced back, winning two straight games to win the match 7-5.

“Austin was able to work on a lot of things today during his match,” said Johnson. “Even though it was the closest match, he was working on things that he struggles with and trying to do things that he normally might not. Those things will help him against other opponents later in the season, so that was great.”

Fairmont (4-6, 1-3 SCC) travels to play Blue Earth Area in a 4:30 p.m. South Central Conference dual meet on Thursday at Schroeder Courts in Blue Earth.

Fairmont 7,

Redwood Valley 0

Singles: Sterlin Johnson (F) def. Tyler Hagen, 6-4, 6-1. Tyler Head (F) def. Armando Davila, 6-1, 6-3. Austin Becker (F) def. Max Russell, 6-4, 7-5. Tony Joseph (F) def. Nate Benson, 6-2, 6-2.

Doubles: Carter Klanderud-Henrique Marquez (F) def. Cole Pettis-Sam Christenson, 6-2, 6-0. Mitch Anderton-Ryan Busche (F) def. Beau Nesburg-Michael Davila, 6-0, 6-0. Jake Kallenbach-Andy Hagen (F) def. John Lemmars-Aaron Boyle, 6-3, 6-4.