Mounds View boys tennis sweeps Section 4AA titles

The move to Section 4AA this season paid off handsomely for the Mounds View High School boys tennis team. The Mustangs swept the section championships and have plenty of representation at this week’s state tournament. 

Mounds View is one of eight squads playing in the Class AA state team tournament starting on June 7. On June 9, the Mustangs have a singles player and a doubles team taking part in the individual portion of the tournament.

Senior Jake Trondson and the doubles tandem of senior Sam Hohenshell and junior Michael Conlin-Brandenburg won their respective section titles last week to punch their tickets to state.

Trondson, the No. 1 seed in the Section 4AA singles tournament, rolled to the section championship with four dominant victories. In four matches, he lost only five games and won four sets by a 6-0 score.

Trondson beat a pair of unseeded opponents in the first two rounds before facing fourth-seeded Chinue Yang of St. Paul Harding in the semifinals. Trondson won that match 6-1, 6-2 to advance to the finals.

Second-seeded Spencer Wick of Mahtomedi was no match for Trondson, who wrapped up the section crown with a 6-1, 6-0 win.

Conlin-Brandenburg and Hohenshell were the No. 2 seed in the section doubles draw and didn’t lose a game in the first two rounds against unseeded foes. 

Things got tougher in the semifinals as third-seeded Nate Johnson and Nich Knudsen of Centennial pushed the Mounds View duo to three sets. Conlin-Brandenburg and Hohenshell finally won the match 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.

It was another Mounds View vs. Mahtomedi showdown in the doubles final as top-seeded Josh Anderson and Jason Smyth entered the final having lost only three games. That amount was nearly tripled by the end of the final as Conlin-Brandenburg and Hohenshell won 6-2, 6-3.

In the team tournament, Mounds View, the No. 3 seed, is going after a second consecutive championship. The Mustangs won the 2015 title but face some stiff competition in this year’s event. 

The top seed is East Ridge, which beat the Mustangs twice this season, including in their Suburban East Conference match-up. That win gave the Raptors the conference championship, the first in the history of the conference not won by Mounds View.

Sitting in the No. 2 seed slot is unbeaten Rochester Century and there are also three Lake Conference powers in the tournament. Minnetonka is the fourth seed, Edina is seeded fifth and Wayzata is unseeded.

Also in the tournament but unseeded are St. Cloud Tech and Duluth East.

Mounds View faces Duluth East in the quarterfinals on June 7 at 2 p.m. The semifinals are in the morning on June 8 and followed by the consolation, third-place and championship finals in the afternoon. 

Mounds View enters the tournament with a record of 18-3. In addition to the two losses to East Ridge, the Mustangs’ other blemish on their record this season came at the hands of Wayzata.

 

Brian Meyers can be reached at bmeyers@lillienews.com or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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