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Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch Willmar’s Drew Corneil returns a shot to Brainerd’s Tanner Lunderberg in a Central Lakes Conference match on Thursday at Brainerd. See Page B3.

Boys tennis: Cardinals deck Brainerd in OT

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BRAINERD — The Willmar Cardinals slipped by Brainerd 4-3 on Thursday running their record to 6-1 in the Central Lakes and 9-2 overall.

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Jarod Swoboda supplied the match-ending point surviving a taut 3-setter against Brainerd’s Patrick Meyer 7-5, 5-7, 7-5.

Manny Obregon won at 4-singles 7-5, 6-0. Doubles points came from Tate Hovland/Nick Courtney and Tom Kersetter/Nick Revier.

The win gave the Cards a sweep of Brainerd (both 4-3); next week Willmar has three CLC matches to end the regular seasons, starting with the last home match of the regular season on Tuesday vs. Sartell.

During the bad weather, players have drilled at the City Auditorium, which has proved a suitable shelter out of the rain and cold.

“The boys have worked hard,” said coach Jim Anderson. “They go out now expecting to win.”

Willmar 4, Brainerd 3

Singles

(1) DJ Kraemer, B, def Isaac Yoakum 6-3, 6-0 (2) Tanner Lundberg, def Drew Corneil  6-2, 6-4 (3) Jarod Swoboda, W, def Patrick Meyer 7-5, 5-7, 7-5 (4) Manny Obregon, W, def Eric Stout 7-5, 6-0

Doubles

(1) Tate Hovland/Nick Courtney, W, def Jordan Kleist/Kenta Suzuki 7-5, 6-3 (2) Tom Kerstetter/Nick Revier, W, def Troy Bialka/Joe Anderholm 6-3, 6-4 (3) Logan Rivard/Cole Kalenberg, B, def Alec Bateman/Alex Reynolds 6-4, 7-5

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