Fairmont tennis improves to 2-0 on season

Vince Ficara

ROCHESTER — The Fairmont Cardinals scratched out a 4-3 nonconference triumph over the Schaeffer Academy Lions during boys tennis action Thursday in Rochester.

Fairmont, which netted a 5-2 season-opening dual-meet decision over Albert Lea on Tuesday, improved to 2-0 overall on the season.

Carter Klanderud, Ben Hernes and Vince Ficara each produced singles wins for the visting Cardinals, while Evan Carlson and Blake Haugen combined court skills to garner a team tally at the No. 2 position in the doubles bracket.

Carter Klanderud netted a 6-1, 6-3 decision over Schaeffer Academy opponent Dane Bothun at the No. 1 position in the singles lineup, while Hernes coasted to a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Pierre O’Driscoll at the No. 2 singles spot.

Ficara bested Annie Orvis in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3, at the No. 4 position to cap the Cardinals’ point production in singles play.

Fairmont’s Carlson and Haugen teamed at No. 2 doubles to outslug the Lions’ tandem of Ben Jawer and Aidan Hutch, 7-5, 6-4.

Schaeffer Academy’s Luke Bothun edged Tyrell Zieske at third singles, 7-6, (7-3), 4-2, while the Lions’ No. 1 doubles combination of Brady Zimmerman and Cole Bothun squeezed by Thomas Klanderud and Connor Madsen, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4.

Faith Monson and Adam Rector paired at No. 3 doubles to defeat Fairmont’s Jeb Green and Aaron Hendricks in back-to-back 6-2 sets.

Fairmont (2-0) is scheduled to play host to Luverne at 4:30 p.m. Monday in Fairmont.

Varsity Results

Fairmont 4, Schaeffer Acad. 3

Singles: Carter Klanderud (F) def. Dane Bothun, 6-1, 6-3. Ben Hernes (F) def. Pierre O’Driscoll, 6-2, 6-1. Luke Bothun (SA) def. Tyrell Zieske, 7-6 (7-3), 4-2. Vince Ficara (F) def. Annie Orvis, 6-2, 6-3.

Doubles: Brady Zimmerman-Cole Bothun (SA) def. Thomas Klanderud-Connor Madsen, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4. Blake Haugen-Evan Carlson (F) def. Ben Jawer-Aidan Huth, 7-5, 6-4. Faith Monson-Adam Rector (SA) def. Jeb Green-Aaron Hendricks, 6-2, 6-2.

JV Results

Fairmont 7, Schaeffer Acad. 3

Singles: Ameya Komaragiri (F) def. Lilly Coee, 8-3. Komaragiri (F) def. Grace Gora, 8-2. Libby Storm (SA) def. Stu Smick, 8-6. Smick (F) def. David Chuong, 8-7. Christo Washa (F) def. Kate Friese, 8-4. Daniel Chuong (SA) def. Washa, 8-0.

Doubles: Pete Ortega-Darrin Thingstad (F) def. Scotty Wright-Andrew Nedberry, 8-6. Ortega-Thingstad (F) def. Alex Lee-Joseph Lash, 8-2. Michaela Sanger-Megan Boegel (SA) def. Ethan Grunewald-Ian Fortune, 8-6. Grunewald-Fortune (F) d. Claudia Jenson-Kira Davies, 8-4.