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LOCKED ON TARGET – Fairmont’s Anthony Stegge focuses on drilling a forehand return in his fourth round singles match against St. James in Monday’s Big South Conference doubles tennis game at Cardinal Courts of Fairmont. (Photo by Greg Abel)

FAIRMONT — In a rare moment this spring, the Fairmont Cardinals tennis team had a hot afternoon to compete.

“We had a lot of postponements and played in cold weather this spring,” said Fairmont assistant coach Laura Olsen.

After seven games, the St. James-area Saints beat Fairmont 6-1 Monday afternoon in a Big South Conference double-header at Fairmont.

“We’ll get some good out of it” said Fairmont head coach Eric Johnson. “The last matches we have played better.”

The Cardinals’ Jack Hagen beat Preston Wegner, 6-1, 6-2, in the first single, but the Saints’ Andrei Rivera returned the favor by beating Fairmont’s Wylee Frederiksen, 6-0, 6-0, in the second single.

“Jack (Hagen) has been able to handle the wind a bit better in recent games,” says Johnson. “Jack did a good job this afternoon.”

Saints’ Brennan Kern won in straight sets, beating Simone Castro, 6-0, 6-0, in third singles.

St. James Area’s Christian Pineda beat Fairmont’s Anthony Stegge 6-0, 6-4 in fourth singles to give the Saints a 3-1 lead after four singles matches.

In the first double, Dominick Lund-May and Noah Vetter of the Cardinals played the longest game between the two teams, but lost 6-3, 6-3 to Payton Brown and Vince Brown of the Saints.

The St. James area second doubles team of Adam Rodriguez and Devon Olson defeated Olivia Ortega and Carter Quist, 6-0, 6-4.

Saints’ Dylan Reid and Zech Ciske needed just two sets to defeat Sebastian Castro and Oliver Thedens 6-0, 6-2 in doubles No.3.

“Children are getting better” says Olson. “We knew we would face a consistently good team from St. James today. We had a great day to play and we played good tennis, but not good enough to win.

The St. James area improves to 11-5 overall and Fairmont drops to 1-11 overall. Fairmont hosts Stewartville at 4:30 p.m. today at Cardinal Courts.

Blue Earth Area 5, New Ulm 2 — The Bucs swept the singles board to claim a 5-2 win over the Eagles in Big South Conference action on Monday at Hal Schroeder Courts in Blue Earth.

BEA’s Nick Frundt beat Ben Brownfield, 6-2, 6-3, in the singles lead, while Buc’s teammate Vern Johnson beat Thomas Schwartz, 6-3, 6-0, in the second single action.

The Bucs’ Jamie Johnson beat Keenan Davis, 6-1, 6-2, in the third singles, while Joe Frundt completed the bracket sweep in a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Dylen Carreon in fourth place. Training.

New Ulm’s Leo Waloch and Nathaniel Janssen beat Bucs’ Devin Hasse and Brady Lorenz 6-4, 6-2 in the No. 1 doubles, while Eagle teammates Maverick Johnson and Sebastian Smith combined in the second doubles to beat Seth Stevermer and Jerry Passe, 6-0, 6-2.

BEA’s Calvin Farrow and John Lappe won the longest match of the afternoon, beating Joey Kotten and Rylan O’Neill, 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, (10-4).

Blue Earth Area hosts Pipestone Area at 4.30pm today at Schroeder Courts.

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