Boys Tennis: Red Wing rocks Farmington
The cold wind was not going to prevent Farmington from hosting Red Wing Thursday afternoon, and the same conditions were not going to keep the Wingers from rolling over the Tigers, 6-1, in a Missota Conference match.
“It was pretty brisk again, but the guys seemed to put it out of their mind and do the job,’ said Red Wing head coach Matt Kavanagh. “And that’s good to see them get over the outside distractions and compete.”
No. 1 singles player Isaac Toivonen fell behind 3-2 in his first set against Bennett Lagro, but responded by winning 10 straight games to take the match 6-3, 6-0.
Noah Christenson, at No. 2 singles, and Ben Schaffer, at No. 4, had to play three sets, but both were able to hold on for victories with identical 10-8 tiebreaker wins in the third. Schaffer’s win was big for the Wingers, and bigger for his career as it was the first match win for the Red Wing freshman.
“He was playing another left-hander today, and I think that helped him because he wasn’t as susceptible to the deuce court like he would be with a right-hander,” Kavanagh said.
Alex Holm lost one game at No. 2 singles, taking down Ivan Rodriguez 6-0, 6-1. The top two doubles teams of Nick Powers and Travis Toivonen, and Marcus Veith and Josh Lyons cruised to 6-1, 6-0 wins while the No. 3 doubles team of Alex Bettich and Nick Meyer fell 7-6, 2-6, 10-6.
The Wingers will be back in action Saturday at Burnsville for a tournament along with Woodbury and Minneapolis Washburn.