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Tennis: Alexandria sweeps Willmar in regular season finale; Osakis earns second win of the season

Alexandria is now set for Section 8-2A playoff match with Sartell, Osakis moves to 2-14 on the year.

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Alexandria's Brennan Lattimer serving the ball in a match on May 12, 2022, at Fergus Falls. Lattimer helped Alexandria win the regular season finale against Willmar on May 17, 2022.
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The Alexandria boys tennis team ended the regular season with a win over Central Lakes Conference foe Willmar on Tuesday.

“Rain clouds hovered all night, but the rain held off, and Alexandria was able to complete a clean sweep of Willmar,” Alexandria head coach Nick Jansen said. “Alexandria did it in style as all 10 seniors were able to score a varsity point for the Cardinals and did so in straight sets.”

The Cardinals finish the regular season with a 14-10 record as a team.

“There was a special feeling out on the courts to see an all-senior team play together and some earn their first varsity point,” Jansen said. “The Alexandria tennis team owes a huge thank you to the seniors for their years of hard-work and leadership. Congratulations to Pieter Mulder, Brennan Lattimer, Ryan Meuwissen, Coltan Koehn, Jeff Rodewald, Gabe Evink, Holden Hansen, Brennan Brecht, Gabe Hilbrands and Elijah Vanderveer.”

Brennan Lattimer earned a win at No. 1 singles over Joshua Jensen (6-0, 6-1) and Ryan Meuwissen earned a win at No. 2 singles over Miguel Garcia (6-0, 6-2). At No. 3 singles, Holden Hansen earned a 6-0, 6-0 win over Mateo Engan and Elijah Vanderveer earned the win at No. 4 singles over Jared Berrera (6-0, 6-1).

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The team of Pieter Mulder and Gabriel Hilbrands swept Jorge Zelaya Velasquez and Andrew Ziebrath at No. 1 doubles (6-0, 6-2). Jeff Rodewald and Coltan Koehn earned a 6-0, 6-0 sweep over Gabe LaRue and Ryan Newberg at No. 2 doubles.

The closest match of the night came at No. 3 doubles. Alexandria’s Gabe Evink and Brennan Brecht clawed out a 7-6, 7-6, straight set victory over Aaron Mathaler and Brandon Escalon Valladares.

Alexandria begins the Section 8-2A team playoffs with a home match against Sartell-St. Stephen on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.

Osakis adds a second straight winFollowing its first win of the season on Monday, Osakis earned its second win by beating MACCRAY 7-0 on Tuesday.

“It was a very good day for us,” Osakis head coach Ryan Maddock said. “It is great for the guys to start seeing their hard work pay off in getting some wins this week.”

The Silverstreaks are now 2-14 this season.

Osakis earned all four singles wins in straight sets. At No. 1 singles, undefeated Isaac Maddock beat Josiah Seehusen (6-0, 6-0), while Bryce Moen beat Daniel Seehusen at No. 2 singles (6-1, 6-3). Tyler Stier defeated Austin Sweep at No. 3 singles (6-2, 6-2) and Micah Moore won at No. 4 singles over Nate Wieberdink (6-2, 6-4).

The team of Connor Gulbranson and Marcus Wolf earned a three-set victory at No. 1 doubles over Brogan Harguth and Andrew Janssen. Gulbranson/Wolf won the first set 6-1, dropped the second set 6-0, but bounced back to win the third set 6-1.

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At No. 2 doubles, Michael Laumeyer and Zeke Fiskness earned a win over Josh Castaneda and Brent Rassat (6-1, 6-0). Preston Steinert and Trent Redetzke earned the win at No. 3 doubles via forfeit.

The Silverstreaks cap off the regular season with a home match against Lac Qui Parle Valley at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Sam Stuve covers a variety of sports in the Douglas County area. He also is assigned to do some news stories as well.
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