By Bruce Strand
Elk River Star News
The Rogers Royals opened their tennis season with a 4-3 victory over Park Center on Thursday on the Pirates courts.
C.J. Rich rallied to earn the decisive point after trailing 5-2 in the third set. He won 4-6, 7-6, 6-4 at No. 4 singles.
“This was his first varsity match and it was a big win for us because Park Center is a section team,” said coach Nick Scheevel.
Derek Smith opened the season at No. 1 singles and won.
The Royals will play at Anoka on Monday.
(1) Derek Smith (R) def. Chinou Thao 6-2, 6-4
(2) Alex Philavong (PC) def. Jonah Larson 6-4, 6-3
(3) Charry Thao (PC) def. Cory Penick 6-2, 6-1
(4) CJ Rich (R) def. Telee Thao 4-6, 7-6, 6-4
(1) Joseph Kust/Kumaul Lakha (PC) def. Jackson Nelson/Reed Kolles 6-0, 6-1
(2) Thomas Lloyd/AJ Peterson (R) def. Nick Thor/Tou Yang 7-5, 6-4
(3) Jake Dotterer/Jake Braun (R) def. Patrick Andersen/Nahn Tran 7-5, 6-3