Boys' Tennis: Lake City edges Red Wing
With every match finished and each team with three wins, only one match remained. Jacob Miller and Elijah Ender of Lake City and Red Wing's Jackson Hull and Graham Achen were battling for the for a win at No. 1 doubles. The winner would advance their team in the section bracket.
Miller and Ender won the first set 6-2 and came from behind in the second set—down 4-5—to win 7-5. The come-from-behind win in the second set gave Lake City a 4-3 win on Tuesday.
For Lake City, there was high fives and congratulations. For Red Wing, it was disappointing to fall in the end.
"The hard part for those guys, (Hull and Achen), is they're the last ones playing," said Red Wing head coach Doug Toivonen. "So I'm sure they feel like the match was on them. We had three others lose too. It just happened that their match was the most competitive and took the longest."
The Tigers took three out of four singles matches and the Wingers took two of three doubles matches.
"We were pretty strong in our lower doubles," Toivonen said. "They were stronger in the singles. I figured we would need to win all of our doubles matches."
Tiger Mitchel Medvec, ranked sixth in the state, beat Aidan Coyle 6-1, 6-2 in No. 1 singles. Winger Nathan Farrar bested Alex Holmgren 6-2, 6-1 in No. 2 singles. Tiger Ryan Heise beat Josh Kolby 6-0, 6-4 in No. 3 singles. Joey Nafe of Lake City defeated Aidan Hull 6-4, 6-1 in No. 4 singles.
Wingers Noah Richardson and Hunter Luhman beat Elijah Miller and Jack Bremer 6-1, 6-1 in No. 2 doubles, and Wingers Jacob Angell and Dan Boisen defeated Trey Meincke and Jaymes Lukes 6-1, 6-0 in No. 3 doubles.
Lake City next faces Holy Angels Wednesday. Red Wing has individual play to look forward to. Toivonen said the Coyle, Farrar and the top two doubles teams will compete. Toivonen said he likes the progress the team has made this season and said the individual section tournament will help the sophomores gain experience.
"Good thing for us is we graduate nobody," Toivonen said. "Aidan is our only junior, and then we have a bunch of sophomores who I think are going to do nothing but keep on getting better."