On Tuesday, May 29, the YME boys tennis team held their annual end of season awards banquet. The team ended their season with an 8-6 record, winning in the first round of the playoffs, before eventually losing in the second round. Matthew Virnig, Noah Lusti, and Ean Clarke were awarded All Conference, while Tyler Syring received an honorable mention.
At the banquet the team also voted on several awards. Next year’s captains were voted Clarke and Syring, MVP was Matthew Virnig, Rookie of the Year was Ty Anderson, and Most Improved Player was Jackson Torgerson. Coach Jeff Lalim also gives out a coaches award every year to one player, however, this year all eight seniors received this honor. Lalim felt that all the seniors set a good example for their teammates and worked hard all year.
Lalim said it was one of the most successful seasons he's had. The team started their season off with several weather delays, finally playing their first game on indoor courts in Redwood. YME beat Redwood followed by a win over Pipestone to start off the season 2-0. After the quick start YME lost their next two matches to Luverne and Minnewaska, falling to 2-2 on the season. The team followed up the back-to- back loses with back-to-back wins beating MACCRAY and LqPV/DB at home to get to 4-2 on the year. However YME again lost two in a row to Montevideo and Worthington bringing their record to 4-4.
The team rebounded again though winning their next two matches against Benson and Milbank, South Dakota. They finished the regular season with a close 3-4 loss to New London and a home win against MACCRAY. YME finished the regular season with a record of 7-5 and was seeded 4th in the section for playoffs.
The first round playoff match for YME was home against Montevideo. The match was extremely close, and it came down to the last point being played. YME was tied with Montevideo 3-3 with only the first doubles teams left playing for the winning point. YME’s first doubles team of Brandon Olson and Jakob Pringle had been playing a close match for over an hour when they were in a third set tiebreaker to determine a winner.
Whoever won the tiebreaker won the match and moved on in the playoffs. Olson and Pringle won the tiebreaker 8-6 (the closest the score can be) and moved YME beyond the first round of the playoffs for the 2nd time in 16 years. YME would go on to lose a very close match 4-3 against Luverne, the 1st seed in the section, bringing their season to an end.