Eagles fall to Saints

Staff photo by Steve Muscatello New Ulm’s Andrew Goodall returns a volley during No.2 singles play Thursday against St. Peter. For more photos of this event go to cu.nujournal.com

NEW ULM — St. Peter defeated New Ulm 5-2 on Thursday in a Big South Conference boys’ tennis match.

Colton Collum, who played at No. 2 singles for the Eagles, was the longest match of the day. Collum prevailed 7-6, (7-3), 7-5 to earn one of the victories for his team.

“St. Peter is a tough team. They have a nice squad, and they were in the state tournament two years ago,” New Ulm head coach Pete Engeldinger said.

Craig Schapekahm was the other Eagles highlight as he won at No.4 singles 6-4, 6-3.

Joel Koelpin lost at No. 1 singles 6-1, 6-3.

“He (the St. Peter player) was consistent with good shots and good serves,” Koelpin said.

Koelpin said he had played against the same player last year and he won last year in a close set.

It was a windy day on Thursday. Koelpin said that affected his ability to swing the racket consistently. It just means a player has to adapt,work through it, be consistent and focus more on keeping the ball on court.

Andrew Goodall lost at No. 2 singles 6-0, 6-0.

Kelby Stocker and Tyler Guggisberg lost at No.1 doubles 6-3, 6-1, Mike Messenger and Connor Drill lost at No. 2 doubles 6-0, 6-0 and Tony Rosenhamer and Dakota Berbrich lost at No. 3 doubles, 6-1, 6-4.

New Ulm (3-2) will host Holy Catholic Family at 11 a.m. on Thursday.


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