CEC dominates Denfeld in 7-0 shutout victoryThe Cloquet-Esko-Carlton boys tennis team opened play for the season with a 7-0 stomping of the Denfeld Hunters on Wednesday night.
By: Kerry Rodd, Pine Journal
The Cloquet-Esko-Carlton boys tennis team opened play for the season with a 7-0 stomping of the Denfeld Hunters on Wednesday night. The Jacks did not drop a set in compiling the victory.
In singles, the Jacks were led at No. 1 singles by Aaron Swander, who defeated Tim Kokotovich 6-4, 6-2 in a tough match. At No. 2 singles, it was CEC’s Colton Roy downing Eric Nilsen 6-0, 6-3.
“I am very surprised by the relatively easy win. Denfeld was missing their best player (Jake Johnson playing junior hockey) which forces everyone else to play up a bit. Their doubles are all just beginning to play, which reflects in the scores,” said CEC coach Steve Rickstrom. “I think most surprising to me was Colton Roy. He was serving monster first serves and played a very clean first set. He relaxed a bit in the second set and made more unforced errors, but Denfeld’s coach was very impressed, as was anyone else who watched that match.”
The Jacks also got wins at No. 3 singles from Nick Lind and No. 4 singles from Chase Pritchett. Lind defeated Chad Bolen 6-3, 6-1 and Pritchett beat Dan Zapp 6-2, 63.
“It is difficult to get a real feel for where we are talent-wise with this win and Thursday’s opponent (Superior) graduated at least eight starters, so we may have to wait until the end of next week’s schedule to find out how good we really are,” mentioned Rickstrom. “Next week we get three of region seven’s best teams (East, Eveleth, and Grand Rapids) and a very difficult road trip to Ashland.”
CEC also ruled in doubles play starting with the No. 1 doubles team of Derek Johnson and Nathan Blascyk who defeated Cory Bolen and Tanner Jazdewski 6-1, 6-0. At No. 2 doubles, it was Jake Sorenson and Dylan Burslie beating Jacob Jackson and Tyler Morrison 6-0, 6-0. The CEC No. 3 doubles team of John Scheuer and Jordan Johnson also pulled out a strong win by defeating Matt Skurich and Kyle Skomars 6-1, 6-0.