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Boys Tennis: Red Wing closes out perfect week with Friday sweep

Red Wing's Isaac Toivonen reaches for the ball during his No. 1 singles match against Chaska at Twin Bluff Middle School. Photo by Chris Harrell1 / 2
Red Wing's Noah Christenson runs down a forehand during his match against Chaska Friday at Twin Bluff Middle School in Red Wing. Christenson won his match at No. 3 singles 6-0, 6-0. Photo by Chris Harrell2 / 2

The first four matches between Red Wing and Chaska were done in less than an hour on Friday and the outcome was already decided.

The Wingers dropped just two games total between four singles matches and garnered a 5-2 victory against the Hawks at Twin Bluff Middle School in Red Wing.

"The singles matches went pretty quickly," Red Wing head coach Matt Kavanagh said. "I was more focused on the doubles. We were ahead early then lost a couple rubber matches. They did a pretty good job of making this a tough competition for us."

At No. 1 singles, Isaac Toivonen made quick work of Mark Meier, winning 6-0, 6-0.

"He's played a lot of shorter players lately," Kavanagh said. "He uses his second serve as his first serve and he kicks it up really high. It's an excellent way for him to set the point up. He's really good at the 1-2 punch."

Alex Holm won 6-1, 6-0 against Lontyler Davis at No. 2 singles and Noah Christenson rolled against Ian Taylor at No. 3 singles, winning 6-0, 6-0. Winning so easily, the Wingers had to stay focused and not give away points.

"I kind of focused on stuff I needed to work on," Christenson said. "I went to the net more with the serve and volley and tried to stay consistent."

Red Wing's Josh Lyons got another quick victory, 6-0, 6-1, at No. 4 singles to wrap the team win up in a hurry.

The Wingers' final tally came at No. 2 doubles as Travis Toivonen and Marcus Veith defeated Peter Peter Mobeck and Matt Erkenbrack 6-1, 6-2. Red Wing's only two losses came in three-set defeats at No. 1 and No. 3 doubles.

The Wingers (7-4, 5-1 Missota) also defeated Chanhassen 4-3 earlier on Friday.

Isaac Toivonen won 6-3, 6-1 at No. 1 singles and Alex Holm defeated Drew Dorn 6-3, 6-3 at No. 3 singles.

Christenson took the first set at No. 2 singles but fell 4-6, 6-0, 6-3 to Brock Dillon.

"The first set, I was pretty consistent," Christenson said. "In the second set, he came alive and I started getting a little inconsistent. Then, in the third set, I got consistent again but couldn't close it out."

Red Wing secured the match victory with wins at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles. Bryant and Powers won 6-2, 6-1 while Travis Toivonen and Veith took their match 6-4, 6-1.

"That match was much of the same," Kavanagh said of taking down the Storm. "We're a lot better team now than we were at the start of the year. They've made a lot of improvements."

Chris Harrell
Chris Harrell is a sports reporter for the Red Wing Republican Eagle. Previously, he interned at the St. Paul Pioneer Press and The Daily Caller in Washington, D.C. For updates on local sports, follow Chris on Twitter at @RECHarrell.
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