Cotter sophomore Matt Besek serves to Sparta during a match on Monday, May 14. Cotter won the meet 6-1.
by BEN MCLEOD
The Cotter boys tennis team continues to charge through the opposition in their 2018 season, with two wins on Saturday, May 12. The Ramblers beat Stewartville 5-2 on Saturday, winning all three doubles duels and two of their four singles meet-ups. Tony Wan and Ian Modjeski each went two games for two in singles, while the closest thing to a loss for the doubles teams was a couple of comfortable 6-3 matches. Connor Zukowski and Joey Renk added a 6-2 and beat their opponents, and Austin King-Henke and Hunter Ramsden answered their 6-3 with a 6-0.
The Ramblers went on to beat Waseca in a closer 4-3 set of games. Wan and Modjeski each won their singles and Renk and Zukowski cleared their doubles. The doubles team of Rob Besek and Jerry Yang also took both matches.
On Monday, May 14, Cotter easily shut down Sparta 6-1. Easily handling three doubles matches and three of four singles games, all the winning sets were clear routs with the exception of Jerry Wan, who was 1-1 with his Sparta opposite, finally beating him 17-15 in a third set.
Head coach Jeff Besek is confident but not arrogant about his team’s success this year. The team begins to move into sectionals this week, after Tuesday’s game with Stewartville. “It’s a section match against Stewartville, but we’ve beaten them twice already,” said Besek. “If we lose I don’t think it would change the seedings. Of course, we want to win them all, but it matters more when they’re in your section.” Two of Cotter’s four losses this year were to Rochester Lourdes, currently at the top of the section, while Cotter comfortably holds third with 13-4. Cotter has strong players but tennis is a different sport tactically. “If you know the other team, and see their scores and what you have, some schools might see you’re good at singles, so they load all [their best players] into doubles, win those and squeak by with one singles win,” explained Besek. “It’s tough to have a big upset in tennis. One great pitcher can throw a shut out, but when two [tennis] teams close play it can go either way.”