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Tennis: Tech tops Cardinals in season-ending sweep

The Alexandria boys tennis team saw its season come to a close Thursday with a 7-0 team loss to St. Cloud Tech in the Section 8AA semifinals in Sartell.

"The guys fought hard and played their hearts out," Cardinals head coach Dave Ronning said. "Tech is simply a very good team and we knew we would have to play the match of the season to upset them.

"We went in confident we could play with them and possibly upset them. It came down to execution and we simply had too many unforced errors and the Tigers were very consistent, keeping the ball in play when needed and putting balls away when they had the opportunities."

The No. 3 doubles duo of Treyton Thompson and Gannon Lueck came as close as Alexandria got to a win, taking the first set before ultimately falling 5-7, 7-5, (10-3) at the hands of David Weitzel and Cody Monjeau.

Elsewhere for the Cards, Matthew Vogel fell 6-2, 6-0 to Nick Portz at No. 1 singles and JJ Foster dropped his No. 2 singles matchup 6-2, 6-0 to Tech's Richard Zimring. At No. 3 singles, Troy Fedema defeated Jacob Partington 6-4, 6-3, while Mike Plombon completed the Tigers' singles sweep at No. 4 singles with a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Alex Jost.

At the top doubles spot, Grant Storm and Eli Simonson fell 6-1, 6-2 victims to Kevin Heller and Scott Kippley. And Zacharie Wosepka and Hunter Croonquist dropped a 6-4, 6-0 decision at No. 2 doubles to round out the results.

"We feel we are close to being in their league and competing for a section title," Ronning said. "With a bit more hard work and some strong team leadership, and a good offseason we feel it can happen for our program."

St. Cloud Tech advanced to Thursday's championship but lost 4-3 to Brainerd, who moves to 24-0 on the season.

The Cardinals finish the year with a 14-12 overall record and a 5-7 mark in Central Lakes Conference play. They'll lose seniors Storm and Vogel to graduation.

Micah Friez

Micah Friez is a sports reporter for the Echo Press in Alexandria. A native of East Grand Forks, Minn., he is a 2018 graduate of Bemidji State University with a degree in Creative and Professional Writing. Follow him on Twitter at @micahfriez for Alexandria area sports updates and jokes he thinks are funny.

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