MHS tennis falls in a battle of unbeatens

Minot High sophomore Ridge Jaeger sets up for the return in his doubles match against Legacy on Tuesday at Hammond Park. Justin Martinez/MDN

Both supporting 4-0 overall records, only one West Region boys tennis team could remain flawless early into the season on Tuesday evening at Hammond Park in Minot.

It was the Magicians who were served up their first loss of the season against Legacy.

“We lost a tough 4-3 match against Legacy tonight at Hammond, but I thought it was a great learning experience,” MHS coach Scott DeLorme said. “We needed to be put in a competitive position and it was good for everyone of our players despite the final outcome.”

Minot won all three of the double matches, but lost the four single matches to fall 4-3.

“Mason and Zach Diehl teamed together at No. 1 (doubles) and I thought we really saw some positives from those two,” DeLorme said. “They have a chance to be a really good doubles team as long as they can continue to be the more aggressive team. At No. 2 doubles, Peyton Huss and Ridge Jaeger also won in straight sets. We like that combination as they seem to off set each other very well. At No. 3 doubles, Sam Kossen and Zach Renaud continued our doubles success with a straight set win of their own.”

The Magi came close in the single matches, but couldn’t find that one win that would have flipped the end result.

“In singles, we lost two, three-setters at No. 2 and No. 4 singles,” DeLorme said. “Jack Wolsky and Hunter Rice both battled back after dropping the first set to get to a third set and give themselves a chance.”

Yet, it wasn’t quite enough. Michael Janes, Parker Krom, Jay Moylan and Anthony Janes all picked up wins over Minot opponents Rory Taney, Eric Wentz, Wolsky and Rice.

“Bismarck Legacy is probably the best team in the region,” DeLorme said. “Despite the loss, I think we played a lot better tennis than last week, so we can continue to build off of that.”

Minot hosts Grand Forks Red River (noon) and Grand Forks Central (4 p.m.) on Friday at Hammond Park.

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