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Boys Tennis: Cardinals close out season at 2AA individual tournament

ST. PETER -- Willmar singles player Preston Peterson and the doubles team of Sam Murphy and Shane Christensen won their opening matches in the Section 2AA individual tournament on Saturday before being eliminated in the later rounds.

Six Cardinals players qualified for the individual tournament.

Peterson earned a first-round bye, then defeated Tyler Wambeke, of Hutchinson, 6-0, 7-5 to advance to the third round. Peterson was eliminated by Dominic Cannella, of Mankato East, 6-1, 6-1.

Willmar's other singles qualifier, Tate Hodlund, fell to New Prague's Cam Manthe 6-0, 6-2 in the first round.

On doubles, Murphy and Christensen defeated New Ulm's Josh Menzel and Nick Gartner 6-1, 7-5 before falling in the second round to Mankato East's Brandon Welter and Chris Liu 6-1, 6-1.

Eric Pipes and Alec Wright, of Mankato West, knocked out Willmar's Jackson Burton and Mitch Johannes in the first round, 6-2, 6-0.