Close tennis matches continue

FL falls at Mounds View, tops Park

It was business as usual for the Forest Lake tennis team last week, as two more matches came down to one point. This time, the Rangers split.

They fell 4-3 in Mounds View on Tuesday and won by the same score at Park on Thursday. Seven matches into the 2012 season, only one has ended with a score other than 4-3.

“Every match is a carbon copy of each other, it seems,” coach Greg Patchin said after the Park match. “We get three quick points with our top three and then hope someone steps up and gets a fourth point.”

That fourth point nearly did not come against the Wolfpack. Dusty Boyer, Toby Boyer and Zack Decker rolled to quick singles victories while Park earned three straight-set doubles wins. The match came down to No. 4 singles, where Hunter Shortly had lost the first set 6-2. The eighth-grader fought off three match points to win a second-set tiebreak, then claimed the third set 7-5.

“Park’s steadiest point was at fourth singles and Hunter did a great job of coming back,” Patchin said.

Forest Lake’s top three singles players are 29-1 on the season. No doubles player has a winning record, though.

“If we are going to be a team to be reckoned with, we need some wins from our experienced seniors in doubles,” Patchin said. “Yet, a win is a win in the SEC.”

Forest Lake improved to 4-3 on the season.

The match in Mounds View lasted less than an hour, as each win came by straight sets. In fact, the closest set at any position was 6-3.

Dusty Boyer won 6-2, 6-3; Toby Boyer won 6-0, 6-0; and Decker won 6-1, 6-1.

This week is busy for the Rangers because the Edina Invitational scheduled for last Saturday was rained out and rescheduled for this Saturday. Forest Lake also played at Hastings on Tuesday, hosts East Ridge Thursday and hosts Hibbing on Friday. A trip to Roseville is on the docket for next Tuesday and Chisago Lakes comes here next Wednesday.