Tennis: Osakis' Isaac Maddock wraps up standout season with runner-up finish at state
Maddock (25-1) knocked off the No. 1 seed in the Class A singles tournament in the semifinals on Friday before falling for the first time this season in the championship match against Evan Fraser of Mounds Park Academy. It was a successful tournament for Section 8A players as Minnewaska's Tate Reichmann also finished fourth.
MINNEAPOLIS — Osakis did not even have a boys tennis program two years ago. Now the Silverstreaks have an individual bringing a runner-up finish home from the state tournament.
Isaac Maddock had played a lot of competitive tennis outside of the Minnesota State High School League before Osakis jumpstarted a boys program for the first time since the 1990's at the start of the 2021 spring season.
Maddock came up just short of making the singles state tournament as a sophomore last year. He came back with a clear mission as a junior and rolled into the Class A singles championship with three straight two-set wins on Thursday and Friday.
Maddock matched up against second-seeded Evan Fraser (22-2) of Mounds Park Academy in the championship on Friday afternoon. Fraser won the title by a 6-3, 6-1 final as Maddock wrapped up his season in second place and with a 25-1 record.
“It went really well. I’m a little disappointed, but it was a great experience,” Maddock said of his run through state. “I was just trying my best out there, and it was just fun to be in that moment. (Fraser) had such a big serve, and he was pretty balanced. His whole game was really good. He was really good from the baseline.”
Maddock, seeded fourth in the tournament despite an undefeated record coming in, beat Mason Woelfel (24-3) of Litchfield in a 7-5, 6-4 match in the opener. He rolled over fifth-seeded Max Sampson (23-3) of Mora in a 6-1, 6-0 victory during the quarterfinals before running into top-seeded Marjan Veldic (20-5) of Rochester Lourdes in the semifinals on Friday morning.
Maddock won a tight first set 7-6 (2) against Veldic. He carried that momentum into the second set where he won 6-0 to secure his spot in the finals.
“It kind of demoralized his hope and gave me a lot more ability to just play more free, play my game and just try to win,” Maddock said of winning that back-and-forth first set with Veldic. “It was crazy. It feels great to be in that moment. I thought I wouldn’t be in that moment at the beginning of the season, but it was a lot of fun.”
Maddock had almost as good of a season as an individual can have. He was never even pushed to three sets in his 25 wins until the loss in the championship match against Fraser.
In winning the Section 8A championship , he dropped just two games total in four wins that included a 6-1, 6-0 victory over state-ranked Tate Reichmann of Minnewaska.
Maddock went 15-2 as a sophomore in 2021, but took his game to another level this spring. He credits much of his improvement with being more aggressive in attacking the net off of his serve to put points away.
“It was probably my net game and my serve and volley game was huge down here,” Maddock said. “A lot of these kids hadn’t really seen that kind of style. I think it threw them off quite a bit and got me some wins down here, just doing the serve and volley and doing it by a different style.”
Maddock has another offseason now to keep working on his game and try to come back even better as a senior. He will play some offseason tournaments, and get in a lot of hitting work with his dad, Osakis head coach Ryan Maddock, and sister, Leah, who also made the state tournament this past fall as an 8th-grader.
“It gives me a lot of motivation,” Isaac said of going into next season after his runner-up finish. “I think the main thing I need to work on is just being a little bit more consistent from the baseline and just trying to match those kids’ stuff down in the cities. I’ll try to keep up with my own game with serve and volley, but just try to focus on training in the offseason."
Reichmann finishes fourth
Minnewaska senior Tate Reichmann (32-6) almost joined Maddock in the championship match.
Reichmann came into the singles state tournament unseeded but proved he can play with the top players at the Class A level after making a run to the third-place match.
Reichmann faced Fraser in the semifinals on Friday morning. Fraser won 6-2 in the first set before Reichmann took the second set 7-6 (4). Fraser bounced back and won the third by a 6-1 final to move into the championship.
"Tate played excellent at state," Minnewaska head coach and Tate's mom, Tara Reichmann, said. "I think the key to his success was his steady consistent play and athleticism. He ran down and blocked several balls that the other players felt were over. He never gives up and is a workhorse on the court. He served harder and placed the ball better than I've ever seen. These matches were his last of his high school career and definitely some of his best."
Reichmann wrapped up his standout career for the Lakers in the third-place match against Veldic. He pushed the top seed to three sets before Veldic won 6-4, 4-6, 10-7.
Reichmann’s two wins in the tournament came against third-seeded Kai Sih (15-7) of St. Paul Academy-Summit in a 6-4, 6-3 final, and then in a 6-1, 7-5 final against Jared Delich of Virginia in the quarterfinals.
Reichmann made three individual state tournaments during his career, and also helped lead the Lakers to sixth place at the Class A team state tournament this season.
"Being his mom and coach is extra special and rewarding and also challenging at the same time," Tara Reichmann said. "You want him to be successful and also know the level of competition is challenging. This was Tate's third trip to state and his best performance. Each year, he made it another round further, which was one of his goals. This year was extra special as he also led his team to their first-ever state tennis team appearance. Tate has been a leader in our tennis program for years with the time and dedication he has given this sport. I'm so proud of his accomplishments as a player, but above all I'm proud of my son."