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ELC’s No. 1 doubles highlight at Lakes

By Staff | Apr 29, 2008

ELC’s Phil Leffel took on the top players in the Lakes Conference at the league tournament in Storm Lake on Saturday. EDN file photo

STORM LAKE — The Estherville Lincoln Central boys tennis team remains upbeat after finishing at the bottom of the Lakes Conference Tournament on Saturday.

“I felt our team has a great attitude and is having fun even though the success isn’t there,” said ELC coach Chris Koenck. “We are in a rebuilding phase of our team and most of our guys understand that it takes time to get where we want to be. We are working hard every opportunity that we get and know that we are giving it all every time we play.”

ELC’s top doubles team, Tyler Halstead and Jim Mohler, came away with a winning record as they went 3-2 on the day with wins over Cherokee, LeMars and Spencer.

“These guys are really coming on as a doubles team,” said Koenck. “They each have their own style and for some reason are able to get the job done on the court together.

“Jim played consistently throughout the day and was really serving well,” he added. “Tyler came up with some great shots in the match and was able to run down some difficult shots which kept the team in games.

Phil Leffel had the unenviable task of playing the No. 1 singles and taking on the top players in the conference. He went 0-5 on the day.

“Phil had a great attitude going into each match and really played his heart out,” said Koenck. “He played some of the best players in the conference and enjoyed every point. He gave it his all and that is all I can ask of these young men.

At the No. 2 singles, Joe Woodward posted a 1-4 record.

“Joe fought hard during the tournament to get a win and forcing another match to a tiebreak,” said Koenck. “he was in all of his matches, keeping them close and that is important in this kind of tournament.

Playing the No. 2 doubles were Adam Mustard and Seth Origer, who finished 0-5.

“Adam and Seth have been playing doubles together since they were freshmen,” said Koenck. “They make a great team and always have a great attitude.

“Adam did a nice job at the net when given the opportunity,” he added. “Seth was able to keep his shots low and at his opponents’ feet as they were trying to attack the net, forcing some key errors.”