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Alexandria boys' tennis: Cardinals serve up loss to Apollo

Mathias Burban, pairing with Brendan Holm at first doubles, picked up a pair of wins over the weekend. The duo earned the only win against Brainerd on Friday, then helped the Cardinals edge out Moorhead 4-3 with a win on Saturday. (Eric Morken, Echo Press)

With a 6-1 victory over St. Cloud Apollo Thursday afternoon, the Cardinal boys' tennis team improved to 3-4 in Central Lakes Conference play and evened its overall record to 5-5.

"The Cardinals got a much needed win last night," said head coach Dave Ronning. "The win eliminated a bit of the sour taste we have had in our mouths after playing Tech and Brainerd.

"Apollo had to default at the fourth singles spot, so we started with the upper hand right out of the gates. The Cardinals swept through the doubles lineup, losing just five games.

"Andrew Storm went down to an injury earlier in the week, and Eric Branch moved over to play third doubles with Nick Partington, where they surrendered just one game," he noted. "Jacob and Payton kept pace as they also lost just one game at second doubles.

"Brendan and Mathias also redeemed themselves by posting a straight set win at first doubles.

"Levi Duwenhoegger looked good and got back on track with a straight set win at third singles," said the coach. "Levi dominated from the get-go and never let up.

"Devin Crowe moved up to the second singles spot and had a rough start, losing the first set 1-6 before coming back to play solid tennis in the second and third sets.

Mark Kallevig suffered the only loss of the day, but lost to a very solid player," added Ronning. "Mark made a nice run in the second set, and even had a lead at one point, but couldn't hold on to get the point."



No. 1 - Levi Paul, SCA, def. Mark Kallevig 6-1, 6-4, No. 2 - Devin Crowe, Alex, def. Jordan McCall 1-6, 6-1, 6-1, No. 3 - Levi Duwenhoegger, Alex, def. Garrett Lillis 6-0, 6-2, No. 4 - Graham Hegstad, Alex, won by forfeit.


No. 1 - Brendan Holm- Mathias Burban, Alex, def. Logan Battig-Cameron McKinney 6-2, 6-1, No. 2 - Jacob Strand-Payton Grandgenett, Alex, def. Nate Dolvin-James Anno 6-1, 6-0, No. 3 - Nick Partington-Eric Branch, Alex, def. Trevor Parson-Tyler Tran 6-0, 6-1.


The Cardinals, who dropped a Central Lakes Conference contest against Brainerd on Friday, rebounded nicely to edge Moorhead on Saturday.

Brainerd 6,

Alexandria 1

"The Cardinals played a much better match this time around, giving the Warriors a much better run for their money," said head coach Dave Ronning. "Although most of the scores didn't indicate it, the match was much closer than the one played in Alexandria on Tuesday."

The only win for Alexandria came at first doubles as Brendan Holm and Mathias Burban defeated D.J. Kraemer and Luke Jacobson 6-4, 6-4.

"Brendan and Mathias arguable played their best match of the season," said the coach. "[They] dominated the net and put pressure on their opponents all match long.

"Brainerd switched their lineup around a bit and so did we. We moved Levi over to second doubles with Payton, and Jacob played the third singles spot.

"Graham Hegstad moved in to play third doubles in the absence of Andrew Storm (knee injury) and Carl Branch played fourth singles in the absence of his brother, Eric," Ronning added. "Devin [Crowe] had a close match at second singles and Carl played a close one at fourth singes, so, all in all, I am very happy with the guys and how they competed."

Alexandria 4,

Moorhead 3

The Cards rebounded from Friday's loss to edge Moorhead 4-3.

"It was a tightly contested match where Moorhead dominated first and second singles, and the Cardinals dominated first doubles," said Ronning. "The other four spots were up for grabs and would decide the match.

"The Moorhead third doubles team started fast, and Nick [Partington] and Graham [Hegstad] could not get on track and lost in straight sets.

"The match was sitting at 3-1 in favor of the Spuds with three matches still playing," he added. "Carl Got a hard-fought win at fourth singles, winning in two very close sets 7-5, 6-4 to cut the lead to 2-3.

"Levi started great by winning the first five games before his opponent went on a hot streak and made the match interesting," Ronning said. "Levi fought through what his opponent threw at him and was able to overcome and win the second set in a tiebreaker to give his team a point and even the match score at 3-3.

"Jacob and Payton lost the first set, but made a good comeback and won the next two sets to get the fourth point for the team.

"It was an important win for the Cards in terms of the north sub-section and the guys answered the bell," he said. "Mark Kallevig and Devin Crowe have been shouldering the load at first and second singles, and day-in and day-out, they have to play the best players each team has."




No. 1 - Ryan Bell, Brd, def. Mark Kallevig 6-1, 6-3, No. 2 - Reno Fussy, Brd, def. Devin Crowe 6-4, 6-1, No. 3 - Tanner Lundberg, Brd, def. Jacob Strand 6-1, 6-0, No. 4 - Kyle Johnson, Brd, def. Carl Branch 6-3, 6-2.


No. 1 - Brendan Holm-Mathias Burban, Alex, def. D.J. Kraemer-Luke Jacobson 6-4, 6-4, No. 2 - Sundquist-Jed Rusk, Brd, def. Levi Duwenhoegger-Payton Grandgenett 6-3, 6-2, No. 3 - Kyle Helmberger-Jordan Klest, Brd, def. Nick Partington-Graham Hegstad 6-2, 6-3.




No. 1 - Gabe Steinwand, Mhd, def. Mark Kallevig 6-1, 6-0, No. 2 - Kurt Meyer, Mhd, def. Devin Crowe 6-1, 6-1, No. 3 - Levi Duwenhoegger, Alex, def. Wes Meyer 6-2, 7-6 (3), No. 4 - Carl Branch, Alex, def. Ethan Glidden 7-5, 6-4.


No. 1 - Brendan Holm-Mathias Burban, Alex, def. Joe Cella-Billy Pederson 6-0, 6-1, No. 2 - Jacob Strand-Payton Grandgenett, Alex, def. Isaac Doung-Brenden Toimeara 2-6, 6-2, 6-3, No. 3 - Will Borgue-Sam Schroeder, Mhd, def. Nick Partington-Graham Hegstad 6-2, 6-4.