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With the common season winding down, the Sabers are in the identical previous spot.

After Tuesday’s 7-2 win over Century, Legacy is one win away from one other regular-season West Area tennis title.

The 5-0 Sabers sq. off with fellow convention unbeaten Minot (5-0) on Thursday within the Magic Metropolis for the highest spot within the West.

Scott McPherson, head coach of the Sabers, has seen his staff surpass early expectations.

“With this specific staff, with the modifications we had, I believed being a state qualifying staff can be an accomplishment. But at the moment, we sit undefeated, vying for the highest spot within the convention,” McPherson stated. “It has been actually pleasing to me as a result of we have seen a lot enchancment during the last three weeks.”

Tuesday was extra of the identical for the Sabers, who did drop a pair of singles matches to Century, however made a clear sweep of doubles.

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“You are at all times searching for extra constant play in singles, however once more, we’ve got improved rather a lot. I’ve been actually happy with our play in doubles,” McPherson stated. “Total, I feel we’re in a fairly great place.”

The Sabers go into nearly each match with two wins within the financial institution.

Anthony Janes is popping in a stellar senior season, together with a 6-2, 6-4 singles win over one other high participant, Century’s Jared Pitcher, on Tuesday.

“The fellows clearly do rally round Tony. He is a really completed participant and everybody is aware of he is our chief,” McPherson stated of Janes. “He is a top quality participant.”

Drew Beasley needed to work for his win at No. 3 singles. After Tyler Kleinjan took the opening set in a tiebreak, the Sabers’ sophomore posted consecutive 6-3 wins for the 2-1 victory.

At No. 4, Caleb Johnson dropped only one recreation. Joe Kalb additionally received in straight units, however needed to work within the second, 7-6 (4) over Sri Kandooru.

“What we have been seeing during the last three matches in opposition to Bismarck, Mandan and Century, is that we have been successful a whole lot of shut matches,” McPherson stated. “We’ve got good, aggressive multi-sport athletes who actually embrace these aggressive moments and I feel that is been actually necessary within the growth of our staff and the success we have been in a position to have.”

Beau Zander (No. 2) and Charlie Holzer (No. 6) notched singles win for the Patriots, who nonetheless have a shot on the No. 3 seed within the West. Holzer dropped the primary set to Nathan Mathern, however rallied to win the subsequent two, 6-4, 6-2.

The doubles matches had been principally tight as effectively, most notably at No. 3. Beasley and Cooper Miller received in two units, however Kleinjan and Holzer would not go down straightforward, 7-5, 7-6 (5).

“Our youngsters are actually supportive of one another and that makes it all of the extra pleasing,” McPherson stated. “I feel the nice competitors we have had not simply in our area, however after we performed in opposition to a few of the jap groups, who’re very sturdy this season, has actually helped within the progress of our staff.

“It is all coming collectively. It has been a whole lot of enjoyable.”

Attain Tribune sports activities editor Dave Selvig at (701) 250-8246 or david.selvig@bismarcktribune.com

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