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St. Cloud Tech ends Cardinals’ tennis season in 8AA semifinals

The Alexandria boys’ tennis team had its season come to an end on Tuesday in a 7-0 loss to the eventual Section 8AA champions St. Cloud Tech.

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The Tigers showed why they were the top seed of the tournament as Alexandria only managed to win three games in the singles lineup and seven in the doubles.

Even though the season ended abruptly, head coach Dave Ronning was happy with the work the team had put in to earn a spot in the section semifinals.

“I was very proud of the way the guys went out and played hard from start to finish,” Ronning said. “The guys weren’t giving up or hanging their heads or complaining at all.”

Nick Partington and Payton Grandgenett won the most games on the team in a 6-2, 6-2 loss at second doubles. Brendan Holm and Levi Duwenhoegger managed to win two games at first doubles, and Spencer Vogel and Lucas White won one at third doubles.

Mark Kallevig, Valentino Grasiuso and Andrew Storm each managed to win one game in singles.

“The guys played some really nice points, but it is hard to put points together and bunch them up when you are playing an opponent as tough as the Tigers,” Ronning said. “They make you earn every point and don’t like it when you get several in a row.”

The Cardinals finished 11-12 overall and 5-7 for fourth place in the Central Lakes Conference.



SINGLES – No. 1 – Riley Bates (T) def. Mark Kallevig, 6-0, 6-1; No. 2 – Riley Peterson (T) def. Valentino Grasiuso, 6-1, 6-0; Luke Conboy (T) def. Andrew Storm, 6-1, 6-0

DOUBLES – No. 1 – Andy Foley/Brady Roden (T) def. Brendan Holm/Levi Duwenhoegger, 6-2, 6-0; No. 2 – Michael Kline/Jay Kedrowski (T) def. Nick Partington/Payton Grandgenett, 6-2, 6-2; No. 3 – Jessie Amdahl/Landon Ridpath (T) def. Spencer Vogel/Lucas White, 6-0, 6-1

Blaze Fugina

Blaze Fugina is the sports editor of the Woodbury and South Washington County Bulletin newspapers. Previously, Blaze worked as a sports editor for the Pierce County Herald and a sports reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in May of 2011. You can follow Blaze on Twitter at @BlazeFugina.

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