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SL-O finishes fourth in Lakes

By Staff | May 3, 2011

LEMARS – In a three-way race for third place, Spirit Lake-Okoboji finished fourth at the Lakes Conference Tournament in LeMars on Saturday.

LeMars and Storm Lake showed their dominance by taking the top two places with 18 and 15 match wins, respectively.

Spencer finished with 10 wins while, SL-O had nine, Cherokee had eight and Estherville Lincoln Central had zero.

“I’m pleased overall with how the guys played today. LeMars and Storm Lake were clearly the two strongest teams there that day, and then there were three of us who were all very close for third place,” said SL-O coach Dan Taylor. “The team was just one victory away from ending up in third, and if we are able to play this way at districts and move up to that third place spot. That means we will be in the post-season, which would be a great accomplishment. And individually we were very close to high achievement as well.”

Individually, Brett Kraus played in the NO. 1 singles and finished fourth with a 2-3 record.

“Brett was very close to all-conference honors,” said Taylor. “Had he defeated Spencer in his last match, he would have received third place and been on the all-conference team.”

At the No. 1 doubles, Wes Bergquist and Brandon Stoll finished third with a 3-2 record.

“Brandon and Wes played excellent tennis in their three wins, rolling to easy victories,” said Taylor. “And their two losses were very close, including a loss to LeMars 8-6 in a tiebreak. Had the tiebreak gone in their favor, they would have finished second and received all-conference honors.”

At the No. 2 singles, Jordan Richey finished fourth with a 2-3 record.

At the No. 2 doubles, Tyler Bice and Joe Oldson finished fourth with a 2-3 record.

Spirit Lake-Okoboji was home against Cherokee on Monday. SL-O is home versus LeMars today.