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New Ulm tennis stays unbeaten

Staff photo by Jeremy Behnke New Ulm’s Max Gieseke returns a volley in his No. 2 singles match against Worthington on Tuesday at New Ulm High School.

NEW ULM — If the rest of the Big South Conference hasn’t taken notice of what New Ulm’s boys’ tennis team has accomplished this year, they should know by now.

After wrapping up the East Division title of the Big South Conference last Friday with a win at Waseca, the Eagles improved to 5-0 on the season with a 6-1 victory over Worthington at New Ulm High School.

The Eagles were dominant once again on Tuesday, with only two of their matches having went to three sets. The Eagles swept the singles competition and took two of three at the doubles competition to stay unbeaten.

Isaac Blumhoefer, who has only one loss this year at No. 1 singles, looked the role of the top singles player again with a quick 6-0, 6-4 win against Alec Langerud. He had some early struggles in the second set, but he came back from an early deficit to win.

He said it’s been a fun season for him and his teammates so far.

“This is awesome, in past years we’ve really struggled, maybe won two or three matches, but this year, it’s just fun to see these guys compete and win,” Blumhoefer said.

Not to be outdone, Max Gieseke was equally as impressive at No. 2 singles. Gieseke played steady the entire match and won 6-1, 6-2 against Ian Barber. Joey Gag, the No. 3 player, moved the ball all over the court against Benjamin Schrieber and picked up a 6-3, 6-2 victory.

Ben Brownfield completed the singles sweep after he dropped the first set tot Ezra Bonnet 4-6. Brownfield rebounded nicely and took the next two sets, 6-2, 6-3.

The doubles side saw Isaac Davis and Dylen Carreon picked up a 2-0, 2-0 win at third doubles after one of the Worthington players was injured and couldn’t continue. Nathaniel Janssen and Leo Waloch won 6-3, 6-1 at No. 1 doubles and Cody Gilman and Tate Trullinger lost a close one at No. 2 doubles, dropping a 4-6, 6-3, 10-7 match to Jacob Ahrenstorff and David Sternke.

New Ulm is at Redwood Valley on Thursday.

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