St. James sweeps New Ulm tennis team

Staff photo by Travis Rosenau New Ulm’s Andrew Goodall competes at No. 1 singles for the Eagles on Thursday at New Ulm High School.

NEW ULM — The New Ulm boys’ tennis team was finally able to get out on their own courts on Thursday.

Unfortunately for the Eagles, they were missing their regular No. 3 and No. 4 singles players and felt it as a result in a 7-0 Big South Conference loss.

New Ulm coach Pete Engeldinger was forced to make some adjustments with his team as a result of his regular No. 3 and No. 4 singles players being unable to compete. This forced the New Ulm rotation to be juggled around, with doubles players Connor Drill and Justin Schapekahm being bumped up to singles play.

Senior Andrew Goodall fell in two sets to Lucas Dou 6-2, 6-4 at No. 1 singles, but he said he was happy with his forehand in the first set and his ability to slice with the wind. He said his serve still needs work, though.

“I want to work on my second serving,” Goodall said. “It’s obviously probably one of the weakest parts of my game. And just keeping positive, keeping your head up no matter if you’re winning or losing. It’s all part of the game, you can’t win everything.”

Goodall said that despite the loss, stepping onto the New Ulm High School courts was something he was waiting for.

“It feels great,” Goodall said. “I’ve waited all winter to get out here and being delayed — it’s frustrating — but you just have to be patient. And when you finally get out here, it feels great.”

Benji Foss fended off a comeback by New Ulm’s Colton Collum in No. 2 singles action for a 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 win, while Zoie Becker defeated Drill 6-0, 6-2 at No. 3 singles. At No. 4 singles, Nick Brey defeated Schapekahm 6-1, 6-1.

In No. 1 doubles action, Brandon Johnson and Dalton Wolle defeated New Ulm’s Elijah Miller and Andrew Schroeder 6-0, 6-0. Landon Hoppe and Trey Witcraft beat New Ulm’s Jack Brownfield and Aaron Eikanger 6-0, 6-1 at No. 2 doubles, while Josue Solorzano and Sawyer Evans defeated New Ulm’s Cody Gilmann and Jaysys Gentz 6-0, 6-0 at No. 3 doubles.

The Eagles drop to 1-1 on the year and are scheduled to host Faribault on Friday, weather permitting.