NEW ULM - The New Ulm Eagles tennis team dropped their home opener Thursday as they fell to St. James 5-2 in South Central Conference play.
Freshman Alex King of the Eagles won family bragging rights, as well as his match against his cousin Nic Nelson, a senior for the Saints, 6-4, 7-5 in straight sets at No. 2 singles.
"I'm really happy about this win," King said. "I was worried at first, but I managed to keep my head in the game."
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New Ulm’s Zach Jensen (left) hits a shot as his doubles partner Blake Burgau looks on during No. 1 doubles action Thursday against St. James at NUHS.
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New Ulm's only other win came at No. 3 doubles when Calvin Collum and Josh Koelpin, both eighth-graders, defeated Earl August and Connor Olson in blowout sets, 6-1,6-0.
St. James took the rest of the matches. In No. 1 singles Matt Jurgens beat the Eagles' Michael Maudal in two sets, 6-3, 6-2.
The Saints kept up the pace in singles in No. 3 and 4. Brandon Pearson defeated Scott Wang at third singles, who was battling a cold, 6-4, 6-0, and Taylor Berg won his No. 4 singles match against freshman Josh Menzel, 6-3, 6-2.
Doubles action was no different at No. 1 and 2. Seth Jacoby and Shane Olson swept both sets against New Ulm seniors Zack Jensen and Blake Burgau, 6-1, 6-1 at first singles. The New Ulm sophomores Sam Frederickson and Isaiah Johnson managed to keep their match close but were stopped 6-4, 6-2 at second singles.
"I was proud at how hard the boys worked today," New Ulm coach Joe Poncin said. "They didn't quit."
New Ulm (0-8, 0-1) hosts Redwood Valley today at 4:30. St. James plays at Mankato East on Monday.