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Boys Tennis: Red Wing falls short in upset bid against Mayo

Red Wing head coach Matt Kavanagh told his players Tuesday's Section semifinal match against Rochester Mayo would end 4-3. He just didn't know which team was going to win.

All seven matches were decided in straight sets Tuesday in Rochester as the second-seeded Wingers succumbed to the top-seeded Spartans 4-3.

"I was fairly certain we were going to do better than last time," Kavanagh said. "It was great to improve by such a wide of a margin. It was great to get two extra points under our belt."

Red Wing lost 6-1 to Mayo on April 29.

Isaac Toivonen rolled 6-1, 6-1 against Nicholas Ackerman at No. 1 singles to pick up the Wingers' first point. At No. 3 singles, Red Wing's Noah Christenson turned the tables on Andrew Johnson with a 6-2, 6-3 victory. On April 29, Christenson lost 6-4, 7-5 to Johnson.

"He just played much steadier tennis," Kavanagh said. "That was a great to come back and win; to turn the score around."

The Wingers' No. 2 doubles pairing of Marcus Veith and Travis Toivonen also lost last time the two teams met but picked up a 7-5, 6-2 victory over Sawyer Bock and Andy Stroebel on Tuesday.

Despite the final score, Kavanagh said Alex Holm had a chance to pick up a fourth point against Sebastian Vile at No. 2 singles. Vile won 6-1, 6-3.

"I thought he was close to making a comeback there at the end," Kavanagh said. "I think if he'd been able to split sets with him, he would have gotten the third one."

The Section 1AA individual tournament will take place Thursday at 9 a.m. in Rochester.