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Boys tennis: Cards advance in 2AA South

Tribune photo by Rand Middleton Willmar’s Tate Hovland charges the net to make the return with partner Tom Nilles-Melchert poised to react in the 1-doubles match in the section tournament opener Tuesday in Willmar.

WILLMAR — No. 4 Willmar Cardinals took three singles points and two more in the pairs competition on Tuesday to erase No. 5 New Ulm 5-2 in the first-round of the South sub-Section 2AA tennis tournament.

It was 90-degree with a hefty west wind blowing cross-court. Despite the adverse conditions, play was quite sharp.

Coach Jim Anderson said the big points came from 2-doubles (Nick Courtney/Nick Revier and 3-doubles (Alex Reynolds/Jaden Wright).

Preston Peterson, Isaac Yoakum and Jarod Swoboda won at singles.

“This was a big win for our young team after being overmatched in our last three conference matches,” said coach Jim Anderson.

Willmar (5-7) next plays at Mankato East (4 p.m. Thursday); the Cougars are the No. 1 seed in the South-sub-section.

Willmar 5, New Ulm 2


(1) Preston Peterson, W, def Alex King 6-2, 6-3 (2) Calvin Collum, N, def Drew Corneil 6-4, 2-6 (10-7) (3) Isaac Yoakum, W, def Josh Koelpin 6-0, 6-3 (4) Jarod Swoboda, W, def. Noah Stocker 6-3, 6-3


Isaiah Johnson/Nic Gartner, N, def Tate Hovland/Tom Tilles-melchert 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 (2) Nick Courtney/Nick Revier, W, def Sam Frederickson/William Griffith 6-3, 6-3  (3) Alex Reynolds/Jaden Wright, W, def Taylor Tambornino/John Goodall 6-0, 6-3 Willmar

Rand Middleton
Tribune photographer/videographer. Began working in radio and at weekly newspaper in Munising, Michigan, in 1972. Started parttime at West Central Daily Tribune Sept. 1974. Fulltime news/sports beginning Feb. 1979. Married to Tribune news clerk Donna (Miller) Middleton, formerly of Kerkhoven. 2 grown children. 
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