Heading into the state tournament last week, the top-seeded Mounds View High School boys tennis team was expected to have to contend with challenges from Minnetonka and Wayzata in its quest for a state championship.
The Mounds View High School boys tennis takes aim at a state title this week. The Mustangs are the No. 1 seed in the Class AA team tournament that runs Tuesday and Wednesday at the Baseline Tennis Center.
As the boys tennis season nears the halfway mark of this unusually cold spring, the Tartan High School team has felt the sting of still looking for its first win.
“We are struggling right now,” stated coach Larry Fronczak. “We are limited in experience at our doubles play.”
The North High boys tennis team is still in a state of flux.
The four spots for singles play seem to be established, but North coach Jerry Diebel said, “Our doubles are not yet set in their positions. The players competing for those positions include: Jesse Tretsven (10), Colin Cassin (12), Andrew Gooder (11), Marty Dinh (11), Ty Yang (11) Meipong Himmtann (11), Petersen Thao (9), Tommy Yang (11) and Chveshe Yang (9).”
Two seasons ago, the Mounds View High School boys tennis team saw its consecutive streak of state-tournament berths come to an end. Maple Grove won the Section 5AA team title in 2012 to end the streak at 10 years and also captured the section title last year.
The Irondale High School boys tennis team returns six starters from a year ago and number of those players already have multiple years of varsity experience under their belts. With that kind of veteran lineup, the Knights are looking to improve on last year’s season.
To win the state singles title last year, Mounds View High School's Summer Brills played nearly seven hours of tennis on the final day of the tournament. On the last day of this year's state tournament last week, Brills appeared determined to make quick work of winning it all.