Schaeffer Academy downs Fairmont in 1A team tennis quarterfinals

Tyrell Zieske

ROCHESTER — The No. 3-seeded Schaeffer Academy Lions swept the singles bracket to pace a 6-1 victory over the No. 6-seeded Fairmont Cardinals during a Section 1A Team Meet boys tennis quarterfinal Friday night.

Schaeffer Academy (13-4) advances to face No. 2-seeded St. James Area in an 11 a.m. sectional team semifinal on Monday at the Swanson Tennis Center on the Gustavus Adolphus College campus in St. Peter.

St. James Area gained the semifinals via a 5-2 victory over Blue Earth Area on Thursday.

Fairmont ended the dual-meet segment of the season with a 6-10 overall record.

Tyrell Zieske, who made the transition from No. 1 singles to No. 1 doubles, and Pete Ortega combined court skills to deliver Fairmont’s only point of the meet.

Zieske and Ortega outslugged Brady Zimmerman and Faith Monson in the opening set, 7-5, before the Lions’ tandem rallied for a 6-4 second-set win. Zieske and Ortega captured the team tally by pocketing a 10-6 tiebreaker.

Schaeffer Academy’s Benjamin Jawer outlasted Fairmont’s Aaron Hendricks during the sectional’s other extra-session match at No. 4 singles.

Jawer garnered the opening set by a 7-5 decision before Hendricks came storming back to collect a 6-3 second-set win. Jawer eventually captured the team point via a 10-6 decision.

Dane Bothun and Luke Bothun delivered singles points for Schaeffer Academy from the Nos. 1 and 2 positions in the lineup.

Dane Bothun posted a 6-2, 6-0 decision over the Cardinals’ Ameya Komaragiri, who had moved from his usual No. 2 singles spot to No. 1, while Luke Bothun netted a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Blake Haugen at the second position in the bracket. Haugen made the transition from his regular No. 3 position.

Annie Orvis reeled off a 6-1, 6-3 triumph over Thomas Klanderud at No. 3 singles to round out the Lions’ winning ways in solo matches. Klanderud moved up one spot from his usual No. 4 position.

Schaeffer Academy’s Pierre O’Driscoll and Adam Rector combined for a 6-4, 6-1 win over Evan Carlson and Jeb Green at the No. 2 doubles spot, while the Lions’ Aidan Kluth and Asher Monson teamed for a 6-2, 6-3 decision over Stuart Smick and Jack Hagen at No. 3 doubles.

Fairmont returns to court action at noon Wednesday in the first rounds of the Section 1A Individual Meet at the Swanson Tennis Center on the Gustavus Adolphus College campus in St. Peter.

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