Tennis: Alexandria boys open section playoffs with a 7-0 win over Sartell
Alexandria faces Becker in Section 8-2A semifinals Friday
The Alexandria boys tennis team opened up the Section 8-2A playoffs with a bang on Wednesday as it swept Sartell-St. Stephen 7-0.
“It took two rain delays and a move to the Discovery Middle School courts to finish the match, but Alexandria persevered to complete a sweep of the Sabres, Alexandria head coach Nick Jansen said.
The Cardinals will travel to St. Cloud Tech High School on Friday to face the top seed in the section, Becker, in the section semifinals.
In the singles matches on Wednesday, Alexandria had straight-set victories from Owen Gilbertson at No. 1 singles, Cole Haabala at No. 2 singles and Owen Godfrey at No. 4 singles.
Brennan Lattimer had to win a third set, 6-3, to earn the win at No. 3 singles over Jack Michaud.
“Brennan was on a roller coaster in his match, winning the first set 6-2, dropping the second 0-6, before winning the third set 6-3,” Jansen said.
The Cardinals had another third-set victory as the team of Pieter Mulder and Blake Svee took down Zak Farley/Grant Clark at No. 1 doubles. Mulder and Svee lost the first set 7-5, but battled back for the win by winning the second and third sets 6-4.
Alexandria had two straight-set victories in the doubles matches by Ryan Meuwissen/Chase Thompson at No. 2 doubles and Jeff Rodewald/Coltan Koehn at No. 3 doubles.
“Overall, the Cardinals came ready to play and brought the needed playoff intensity from the racket spin,” Jansen said.
The match between Alexandria and Becker on Friday begins at 2:30 p.m.