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Alexandria tennis: Holm, Duwenhoegger fall in close 8AA doubles match

After battling through three sets of tennis on Wednesday, the Alexandria doubles team of Brendan Holm and Levi Duwenhoegger ended up on the losing side of a match against Andy Foley and Brady Roden of St. Cloud Tech in the Section 8AA individual tournament.

Holm and Duwenhoegger got off to a fast start by winning the first set of the match, but the St. Cloud Tech team flipped the score and took the second set by the same margin.

“Our guys started well, winning the first set 6-3, so we talked about getting a good start in the second set to set the tone and get off the court,” head coach Dave Ronning said. “But the Tech duo had other plans, and with the combination of good shots by them and some unforced errors by us we dropped the second set.”

This set up a decisive third set for the chance to advance in the tournament. After falling behind 1-4, Holm and Duwenhoegger were able to pick up a few break points against St. Cloud Tech and retake the lead a 5-4. This gave Holm the opportunity to serve out a game for the match.

“Brendan has one of the biggest serves in the section and we figured we would be moving on to the next round,” Ronning said. “But I have to give their opponents credit as they were able to come up with some good returns, and once again errors on our part put us in a bad spot that we were unable to fight back from.”

From there, St. Cloud Tech closed out the next two games to win the set 7-5 and take the match. Ronning was happy with the effort from Holm and Duwenhoegger, even as their chances to win the match unraveled late in the third set.

“I was very happy with the way the guys played and kept fighting even when things looked bad,” Ronning said. “They played a good match and can hold their heads high knowing they gave it everything they had.”

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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