Cyclone boys lose tennis opener at Abraham Lincoln

 COUNCIL BLUFFS (March 30) -- The Harlan Community boys tennis team opened the season on Tuesday with a 9-0 dual loss at Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln. HCHS did win the junior varsity dual, prevailing in seven of nine matches.
 The 2021 Cyclones return just two varsity players from the 2019 team in four-year letter winners Brock Bruns and Mitchell Rueschenberg, who will be the team’s number one and two players. Nolan Blum and Nick Anderson have JV experience while the rest of the team consists of first-year players.
 “First of all, it is great to be back on the court!” commented HCHS coach Chad Bruns. “After having no season last year, our team and all teams, of course, are completely different with freshmen and sophomores having never played a tennis season before. Due to this, our team is quite inexperienced but all are willing to work hard to improve and that is exactly what we will strive to do with each meet.
 “We ran into a good team in Abe Lincoln Tuesday. They outplayed us at every position.”
 Rueschenberg played the Cyclones’ closest match of the meet at No. 2 singles, leading Carter James 6-5 before losing the final three points in a 6-8 defeat. Bruns lost 2-8 in No. 1 singles vs. Dalton Pregon.
 “I thought Mitchell Rueschenberg played a great match,” Coach Bruns added. “It was a great effort and one that can build confidence as we continue on the season. Brock’s match against Dalton Pregon seemed much closer than the score indicated. It was close early but Dalton won the big points in the close games and pulled away. Dalton is one of the top players in southwest Iowa and has a great shot of making state tennis in the bigger (class).
 “I also want to give a big shout out to the JV team. They won 7-2, which is quite impressive since everyone won at least two matches and this is everyone’s first year on the team.”
 The Cyclones’ next meet will be Thursday, April 8, at Denison.

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