Jensen, Olsen play well against Lakes’ best
SPENCER – Estherville Lincoln Central’s duo of Brad Olsen and Nate Jensen pulled off one big upset at the Lakes Conference Tournament with a win over eventual doubles champions Colen Renken and Nick Parker of Cherokee.
However, the Midgets had lost to Spencer earlier in the day and missed out on all-conference honors with a third-place finish in the No. 1 doubles bracket.
I think Brad and Nate did an outstanding job battling back in the tournament after a slow start,” said ELC coach Chris Koenck. “In the Cherokee match against the eventual champions, we were down 4-1 in a best-of-nine match and we came back winning three straight games and the tiebreaker to give the Cherokee team its only loss of the day.”
“If we would’ve played hard early in the day, we would’ve ended up placing higher than what we did. Unfortunately the boys didn’t get the All-Conference recognition, because we lost to the Spencer team head to head.”
“I know that we are definitely headed in the right direction and it proves that we are able to play with and win against the best players in the Conference,” Koenck said.
ELC’s Matt Hansen placed fifth at the No. 1 singles while Riley Edwards placed sixth in teh No. 2 singles and Cody Jackson and Josh Keeler placed sixth int he No. 2 doubles.
“Hopefully everyone was able to take something away from the tournament and learn and build on it heading into the home stretch of our season,” said Koenck. “We play our district tournament in a little bit more than a week, so we have to take advantage of every opportunity to improve and learn.”