State tournament week awaits Mounds View boys tennis

For the second consecutive year, the Mounds View High School boys tennis team heads into the state tournament as the No. 1-ranked team in the state and the top-seeded team in the draw. The Mustangs are also facing a fellow Suburban East Conference foe in the quarterfinals again.

They would like a better outcome than they had a year ago.

Mounds View opens the state tournament Tuesday at 8 p.m. at the Baseline Tennis Center against unseeded Cretin-Derham Hall. The Raiders won Section 4AA as the No. 2 seed.

The Mustangs beat Cretin-Derham Hall 7-0 during the regular season but as they found out last year, that doesn’t much matter come state tournament time.

In 2014, Mounds View beat East Ridge in their regular-season encounter but the Raptors returned the favor in the first round of the state tournament.

The Mounds View/Cretin-Derham Hall winner advances to Wednesday’s semifinals and an 8 a.m. match against either fourth-seeded Edina or fifth-seeded Rochester Century. Edina won Section 6AA as the No. 4 seed and beat two-time defending state champion Wayzata in the process.

The other half of the bracket includes East Ridge, Elk River, Minnetonka and St. Cloud Tech. Mounds View beat East Ridge twice during the regular season, beat Elk River once and did not face Minnetonka or St. Cloud Tech.

Mounds View is in search of its first tennis team championship since winning back-to-back titles in 2004 and 2005. Mounds View also won it all in 1990.

Singles, doubles

Once the team tournament is complete, the state singles and doubles tournaments take center stage at Baseline. Mounds View has entrants in both.

Representing Mounds View in singles are junior Jake Trondson and senior Hunter Krebsbach. Trondson, seeded No. 2 in Section 5AA, won the championship with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Krebsbach, who was seeded fifth.

Abraham Alex and Carter Jones, both seniors, qualified for the state doubles tournament by virtue of their runner-up finish in the section tournament. Seeded second, Jones and Alex advanced to the finals before losing to the top-seeded duo from Maple Grove.

The state singles and doubles tournaments run Thursday and Friday at Baseline.

Irondale

Senior Peter Lyngdal and junior Timothy Lyngdal made a run at a state tournament berth but came up just short. The Irondale tandem were seeded third in the Section 5AA doubles draw and ended up finishing third.

Following a first-round bye, the Lyngdals beat teams from Centennial and Maple Grove to reach the semifinals. There, Jones and Alex triumphed in straight sets although both sets did go to tie-breakers.

After winning the third-place match, the Lyngdals needed Jones and Alex to win the section title in order to get a shot at the true-second place match. That wasn’t to be, however, as Maple Grove’s Charlie Adkins and Sam Hochberger claimed the section crown.

— Brian Meyers
 

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