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Boys Tennis: Solid play nets sixth place for Red Wing's Toivonen

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Boys Tennis: Solid play nets sixth place for Red Wing's Toivonen
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Toivonen proved his mettle Friday as he went 1-1 at the Class 2A boys state tennis tournament at the Baseline Tennis Center in Minneapolis.

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Toivonen finished sixth at the two-day tournament, falling in the consolation championship match.

"I was very impressed," coach Kavanagh said. "I think he did really well to go 2-2 (at state)."

In his first match of the day, Toivonen played his best at the biggest moment.

Facing set point down 6-5 in a first set tiebreaker against Maple Grove's Zachary Adkins, Toivonen picked up three straight points, two on Adkins' serve, to win the set 7-6 (6).

"He played a really solid point (at 6-5) and closed it out pretty quickly," Kavanagh said. "He tends to do pretty well in tiebreakers. He's almost always got a better or more effective serve than his opponent. ... It's funny how the match can change just within the span of a couple minutes."

Toivonen went on to win the second set 6-1 against Adkins, who was ranked in the top 10 earlier this year, and advanced to the consolation championship match against Burnsville's Thomas McCallie, the ninth-ranked player in Class 2A.

"I played more consistent in my first match," Toivonen said. "When the opportunity presented itself, I thought I made the most of those opportunities."

McCallie won the consolation final 6-2, 6-2 and took advantage of his superior ability at the net. The points were well-played, Toivonen said, but McCallie was more consistent.

"In my opinion, he was the best player Isaac played both days," Kavanagh said. "He continued to come into the net and put a lot of pressure on Isaac. He was forcing Isaac to come up with a lot of amazing shots."

Toivonen said his goal was to play the maximum matches possible at state and he completed the goal. The final outcome got away but he was still content with his first trip to state.

"Getting to the consolation finals was a good achievement for me," Toivonen said. "I just wanted to win a couple of matches, even if it's in the consolation bracket, I beat someone good. I love playing those really high ranked guys just to see where you're at."

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