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Alexandria boys' tennis: Cardinals edge Willmar 4-3

Nick Partington teamed up with Andrew Storm to win 6-2, 6-1 during their third doubles match against Willmar. (Eric Morken, Echo Press)

Coming away with an almost identical finish, the Cardinal boys' tennis team claimed its second win over Willmar in four days, edging their opponents 4-3.

"The Cardinals did it the same way they did it last Saturday, by sweeping the doubles lineup and getting one of the singles spots," said head coach Dave Ronning. "We went with the same lineup and Willmar changed their second and third doubles teams.

"This time the win in singles came from Levi Duwenhoegger at second singles. Levi lost to this opponent in three sets Saturday, but was not to be denied and he pulled out a hard-fought win by the score of 7-5, 6-4."

Mark Kallevig, Devin Crowe and Eric Branch all suffered losses in singles play.

"Mark Kallevig at first singles had a really close first set and had a 5-4 lead, but then lost nine straight games to his opponent," said his coach. "Devin Crowe at third singles had an early 3-0 lead in the first set, but then lost 12 of the next 14 games to his opponent.

In doubles action, all three Cardinal teams won in straight sets.

"I have to give a lot of credit to our doubles teams. We gave them the challenge to repeat what they did on Saturday, and they were able to back that up," said Ronning.

"It was one of those nights where I thought we had a chance to sweep their singles lineup if we played the way we are capable, but I have to give credit to the Willmar guys as they stepped up and played very well at the other three singles spots."

The Cardinals are now 4-3 overall and 2-3 in Central Lakes Conference play.



No. 1 - Preston Peterson, Wil, def. Mark Kallevig 7-5, 6-0, No. 2 - Levi Duwenhoegger, Alex, def. Drew Corneil 7-5, 6-4, No. 3 - Issac Yoakum, Wil, def. Devin Crowe 6-4, 6-1, No. 4 - Jarod Swoboda, Wil, def. Eric Branch 6-4, 6-3.


No. 1 - Brendan Holm-Mathias Burban, Alex, def. Tate Hovland-Tom Nilles-Melchert 6-2, 7-5, No. 2 - Jacob Strand-Payton Grandgenett, Alex, def. Jaden Wright-Nick Courtney 6-4, 6-3, No. 3 - Nick Partington-Andrew Storm, Alex, def. Nick Revier-Alec Bateman 6-2, 6-1.