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Staff photo by Ari Selvey New Ulm No. 1 doubles player Joey Kotten tries to return the ball during a Big South Conference tennis match against St. James Area Monday at New Ulm High School.

NEW ULM – New Ulm wrapped up its conference championship with a 5-2 victory over St. James Area Monday in a Big South Conference boys tennis match.

New Ulm went up 3-0 after three quick wins over No. 2 singles player Charlie Weidman, No. 3 singles player Gideon Heins and No. 4 singles player Ian Schotzko. Weidman defeated his opponent Xander Brown 6-0, 6-0, and Heins did the same to his opponent Jacob Espinoza. Schotzko dropped a game to Juan Cervantes, but won 6-0 in set 2.

New Ulm had to wait a while for their fourth victory, but the No. 1 doubles team of Joey Kotten and Dan Brownfield managed to defeat Vince Brown and Caleb Fast 7-6, 6-2 to win the match.

The final three matches of the evening ended in tiebreakers, with No. 1 singles Maverick Johnson defeating Adrei Rivera 6-4, 4-6, 10-8, while the No. 2 doubles team of Aaron Black and Ethan Neet defeated 6-4 lost. 3, 7-6, 14-12 for Dylan Reid and Cohen Dannhoff and No. 3 doubles team Isaac Dittmer and Eli Dorschner fell 2-6, 6-4, 10-8 to Rylan Meyer and Noah Sauer.

“St. James is solid,” New Ulm head coach Peter Engeldinger said. “They’ve changed their line-up since the last time we saw them, which was probably a good idea because we beat them 6-1. So that was to their advantage to do that. Our singles cleaned up a bit and did great. Mav saw this guy again this year, once earlier this year and once last year, and he couldn’t do it, but he did it this year, so that’s pretty cool, he got it when it counted.

“We got the three right away, and then we were kind of stressing about that fourth one, and we got it and it’s pretty sweet, pretty cool.”

With the win, New Ulm took home the conference championship and now looks for a quick turnaround, with a Section 2AA matchup against Prior Lake on Tuesday.

“We’re back to Prior Lake, we were there last Monday,” said Engeldinger. “I thought: Monday could be tough. We had the bus ride, we lost 4-3. I thought some of our doubles could have done better. We came back and the rest of the week we saw Redwood Valley on Thursday and Waseca, and we won 6-1 and 7-0. If we play like we played against Waseca on Friday, our chances there are very good.”

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