Tribune Staff Report
MANKATO -- Behind a sweep in doubles, Willmar evened its overall record Friday after upending Mankato West 5-2 in a duel between Section 2AA foes.
"This is a pretty big section win," said Willmar coach Jim Anderson. "Jackson Burton had a tough three-setter that he pulled out, and (Shane) Christensen and (Sam) Murphy toughed out a big three-setter. It was a nice team win for the Willmar Cardinals."
Christensen and Murphy won their third set at 1-doubles 6-4 after splitting a pair of 6-3 sets. Burton rebounded after losing the opening set at 2-singles.
Straight-set wins from Cardinals came from Issac Yoakum at 4-singles, Mitch Johannes/Austen Hilding at 2-doubles and Tate Hovland/Drew Corneil at 3-doubles.
Willmar (4-4) hosts Central Lakes Conference rival St. Cloud Tech on Monday at 3:30 p.m. The early start is to accommodate Willmar's senior athletic banquet that starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Conference Center.
Willmar 5, Mankato West 2
(1) Bill Leitch, M, def. Preston Peterson 6-3, 6-1 (2) Jackson Burton, W, def. Jacob Olsen 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 (3) Eric Pipes, M, def. Tom Nilles-Melchert 6-3, 6-1 (4) Issac Yoakum, W, def. Miki Mir 6-4, 6-2
(1) Shane Christensen/Sam Murphy, W, def. Kievan Townsend/Alec Wright 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 (2) Mitch Johannes/Austen Hilding, W, def. Isaiah Stock/Sam Oudekerk 6-1, 6-1 (3) Tate Hovland/Drew Corneil, W, def. Yinshuo Zhang/Zach Fox 6-4, 6-3