Mustangs fall short of a repeat

The Mounds View High School boys tennis team went after a championship repeat last week but came up short of that goal. 

The Mustangs went 1-2 in the Class AA team tournament and finished fourth.

Mounds View, the third seed, opened the tournament with a dominating 6-1 victory over unseeded Duluth East in the quarterfinals before meeting second-seeded Rochester Century in the semifinals. The Panthers ended the Mustangs’ title hopes with a 4-3 victory. In the third-place match, Mounds View went up against top-seeded East Ridge for the third time this season and fell 4-3 to settle for fourth place.

Against Duluth East, Mounds View swept the four singles matches as Jake Trondson, Petro Alex, Sam Hohenshell and Michael Cao combined to lose only six games. The Mustangs also earned doubles points from the duos of Michael Conlin-Brandenburg and Ken Diao at No. 1 and Danny Zamow and Eli Grayson at No. 2.

Rochester Century won three of the four singles matches and one doubles point to gain the victory in the semifinals. Alex earned Mounds View’s lone singles point while the Mustangs picked up doubles victories at No. 1 from Hohenshell and Conlin-Brandenburg and at No. 3 from Zamow and Grayson.

In the battle for third place, Mounds View couldn’t figure out a way to take down Suburban East Conference rival East Ridge. The top-seeded Raptors were upset in the semifinals by fourth-seeded Minnetonka but recovered in time to beat the Mustangs.

Mounds View picked up singles victories from Alex at No. 2 and Cao at No. 4. Zamow and Grayson also earned a point at No. 2 doubles.

Alex, Zamow and Grayson all went 3-0 in the team tournament. Alex won all three No. 2 singles matches while Zamow and Grayson played three doubles matches together, two at No. 2 and one at No. 3, and won all three.

Minnetonka followed up its victory over East Ridge by beating Rochester Century 4-3 to claim the state championship. Wayzata finished as the consolation champion.

Once the team tournament was completed, three Mustangs stuck around and played in the individual portion of the state tournament. Trondson participated in the state singles tournament while Hohenshell and Conlin-Brandenburg were part of the doubles draw.

Both Trondson and the Hohenshell and Conlin-Brandenburg duo went 1-1 in their respective tournaments. Trondson opened the singles tournament with a 6-3, 7-5 (5) win over Rochester Century freshman Varun Iyer, who beat Trondson a day earlier in the team competition.

Following the win over Iyer, Trondson dropped a 6-1, 6-2 decision to Shakopee junior Jackson Allen, the No. 1 seed in the tournament. Allen went on to win two more matches to claim the state singles championship.

Hohenshell and Conlin-Brandenburg kicked off the doubles tournament by blanking sophomore Elias Ramirez and junior Evan Fridinger of East Ridge 6-0, 6-0. In the team competition, Fridinger, playing with a different partner, beat Hohenshell and Conlin-Brandenburg 6-3, 6-1 at No. 1 doubles.

Hohenshell and Conlin-Brandenburg’s stay in the doubles tournament lasted one more round. The saw their season come to an end in a 6-4, 6-1 loss to Rochester Century sophomore Nicholas Aney and senior Sahil Chhugani. Aney and Chhugani went to finish second when they lost to Anthony Rosa and Carter Mason of Eden Prairie in the final.

 

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

 

Class AA boys tennis state team tournament

 

Quarterfinals

Match 1 — East Ridge 7, St. Cloud Tech 0

Match 2 — Minnetonka 4, Edina 3

Match 3 — Rochester Century 4, Wayzata 3

Match 4 — Mounds View 6, Duluth East 1

 

Consolation semifinals

Match 5 — Edina 7, St. Cloud Tech 0

Match 6 — Wayzata 6, Duluth East 1

 

Semifinals

Match 7 — Minnetonka 5, East Ridge 2

Match 8 — Rochester Century 4, Mounds View 3

 

Consolation final

Match 9 — Wayzata 4, Edina 3

 

Third-place match

Match 10 — East Ridge 4, Mounds View 3

 

Championship match

Match 11 — Minnetonka 4, Rochester Century 3

 

 

 

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