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North boys tennis takes control of UEC River race

Published: Thursday, May 8, 2014 10:40 p.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, May 8, 2014 11:02 p.m. CDT

BATAVIA – The St. Charles North boys tennis team swept doubles play to beat Batavia, 5-2, Thursday in an Upstate Eight Conference River Divison dual meet.

While North won all four of the double matches, Batavia took two of the three singles matches. The Bulldogs prevailed at the No. 1 and No. 3 singles. All three singles matches were decided by straight sets.

“Batavia is the reigning conference champ. They got everybody back, so we knew coming in it would be a tough match,” North coach Sean Masoncup, whose team remained unbeaten in conference while handing Batavia its second league defeat. “I was proud of how the guys fought for every stinking point.

“Our goal is to get better at every practice and come into the matches and see progress and today we did just that. We’ll go from here and try to get even better and win the conference.”

Batavia coach Brad Nelson also saluted the North Stars.

“They were the better doubles teams today, no doubt about it,” he said. “They were more aggressive, they executed better, they played with more energy and that’s the bottom line.”

The North Stars won three of the four doubles matches in straight sets. Only North’s No. 3 doubles team of Brady Goldsworthy and Peter O’Brien needed a third set to win their match.

“We were ready to go and got off to a good start with an early break in serve and we tried to carry that momentum through the whole thing,” said North’s Grant Spellman, who partnered with Aaron Amburgey for a win No 1. doubles. “We started off more cautiously than we usually do. It was windy today, so we didn’t want to make any additional errors than were necessary.”

Keith Hedges and Mitch Riggs won the No.2 doubles for North while teammates Luke Dunteman and Trevor Kurtzhals won at No. 4.

“I felt like I was getting a lot of free points off my serve,” said Batavia’s Tim Murat, who defeated Matt Ernst at No. 1 singles for his 18th victory of the season. “And I got a lot of good first and second shots and that set me up to win the point pretty well.”

Batavia’s James Carr edged Tom Nina to win the No. 3 singles match.

“I was very pleased with James Carr,” Nelson said about the junior. “I thought he played as well as I have seen him play. His serve has been outstanding.”

North No. 2 singles player Matt Kramer beat Drake Swift for the North Stars only singles victory.

“He’s been the unsung hero this year. He’s a pretty quiet kid but just goes about his business,” Masoncup said. “He had another big win today.”

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