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ELC blown away by Tornadoes

By Staff | May 7, 2010

Estherville Lincoln Central’s Dan Olsen sets up the return during play against Storm Lake on Thursday. EDN photo by Matt Heinrichs

ESTHERVILLE – The forecast contained only light rain for Thursday night’s boys tennis match between Estherville Lincoln Central and Storm Lake, however, the Tornadoes would have completely swept the Midgets away if not for a 7-3 tiebreaker win by Joel Kazmerzak and Matt Hansen in the final match of the evening.

“Congratulations to Matt and Joel for making the comeback of the year to win their match,” said ELC coach Chris Koenck. “At one point they were behind 6-0, which for the majority of high school players would mean throw in the towel. Matt and Joel kept playing hard and came back to win in the tiebreak. That shows so much mental toughness to be able to have your back against the wall and win. It should bea big confidence builder for them.”

The rest of the team didn’t fair so well.

In singles, Nate Jensen lost 10-1, Hansen lost 10-5, Josh Keeler lost 10-2, Brad Olsen lost 10-3, Cody Jackson lost 10-2 and Kazmerzak lost 10-3.

In doubles, Jensen and Olsen lost 10-6 and Keeler and Jackson lost 10-2 before Kazmerzak and Hansen picked up their comeback victory.

“I am proud of the effort that was shown tonight,” said Koenck. “I know the scores are lop sided, but the matches were closer than what they appeared. We were in many deuce games, so we were playing tough.”