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Boys tennis roundup: Willmar edges Lac qui Parle Valley

Prep boys tennis report for Monday, May 2, 2022, in west central Minnesota. The Cardinals earn points at Nos. 3 and 4 and Nos. 1 and 3 doubles to beat the Eagles.

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WILLMAR — The Willmar boys tennis team used victories at Nos. 3 and 4 singles and at Nos. 1 and 3 doubles to win the non-conference match with Lac qui Parle Valley, 4-3 on Monday.

“Today, my guys were playing a lot better tennis than they have been,” said Cardinals head coach Forrest Rice. “They were getting more consistent shots and avoided errors. And we had some guys with surprise wins, like Josh (Jensen) getting his first win, which was nice.”

Two of the three doubles matches went to three sets.

At No. 1 doubles, the Cardinals’ Jorge Zelaya-Velasquez and Andrew Ziebarth beat Levi Olson and Gavin Stutz 4-7, 6-4, 6-3.

At No. 3 doubles, Willmar’s Brandon Escalon-Valladares and Aaron Marthaler beat Garret Kostad and Gunnar Olson 7-5, 4-6, 6-3.

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“They kept up their energy throughout the whole match,” Rice said of the two doubles wins. “They kept up their energy even though it was a lot of time out there. They could see their opponents getting tired and they kept pushing through.”

Jackson Buer won at No. 1 singles for LQPV, beating David Thaden 6-1, 6-0.

Singles
(1) Jackson Buer L, def. Mateo Engan 6-1, 6-0 … (2) Liam Kisch, L, def. David Thaden 6-2, 6-1 … (3) Josh Jensen, W, def Matthew Martinson, 6-4, 6-3 … (4) Isaac Zelaya-Velasquez, W, def Luke Stock 6-0, 6-1.
Doubles(
1) Jorge Zelaya-Velasquez/Andrew Ziebarth, W, def. Levi Olson/Gavin Stulz 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 … (2) Wyatt Wiebe/Nate Gruwell, L, def. Ryan Newberg/Gabe LaRue 6-4, 6-3 … (3) Brandon Escalon-Valladares/Aaron Marthaler, W, def. Garrett Kostad/Gunnar Olson 7-5, 5-7, 6-3.

Minnewaska 7, NLS 0

Minnewaska swept the doubles and won at Nos. 1, 2 and 4 singles to beat New London-Spicer at Glenwood.

At No. 1 singles, the Lakers’ Tate Reichmann defeated Kenny Schmiesing 6-0, 6-1.

Singles
(1) Tate Reichmann, M, def. Kenny Schmiesing 6-0, 6-1 … (2) Gannon Walsh, M, def. Jack Barney 6-2, 6-0 … (3) Ethan Quelle, M, def. Jowell Gamez 6-3, 6-3 … (4) Konner Hanson, M, def. Andres Rojas 6-1, 6-2.
Doubles
(1) Nik Van Dyke/Damon Uhde, M, def. Matt Monson/Jack Noeldner 6-2, 6-1 … (2) Connor Quelle/Tenzin Dahl, M, def. Adam Klaphake/Ethan Spors 6-0, 6-2 … (3) Alec Larson/Noah Palmer, M, def. Joe Brouwer/Josh Soto 6-2, 6-1.

Minnewaska 6, EGF 1

Minnewaska swept the singles and won at Nos. 2 and 3 doubles to beat East Grand Forks in Glenwood.

Singles
(1) Tate Reichmann, M, def. Thomas McMahon 6-0, 6-0 … (2) Gannon Walsh, M, def. Tommy Loer 6-0, 6-1 … (3) Ethan Quelle, M, def. Tanner Campos 6-1, 6-1 … (4) Connor Quelle, M, def. Payton Donarski 6-1, 6-1.
Doubles
(1) Seth Aaker/Jonah Tollefson, EGF, def. Nik Van Dyke/Damon Uhde 6-3, 6-4 … (2) Noah Palmer/Tenzin Dahl, M, def. Jeb Haaven-Farstad/Tate Steenerson 6-3, 6-1 … (3) Konnor Hanson/Alec Larson, M, def. Trey D’Heilly/Kai Campos 6-3, 6-3.

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NLS 5, EGF 2

New London-Spicer swept all four singles points and won at No. 3 doubles to beat the East Grand Forks Green Wave at Minnewaska.

Kenny Schmiesing beat East Grand Forks’ Seth Aaker 6-3, 6-4 at No. 1 singles to help the Wildcats.

Singles
(1) Kenny Schmiesing, NLS, def. Seth Aaker 6-3, 6-4 … (2) Jack Barney, NLS, def. Thomas McMahon 6-2, 6-4 … (3) Jowell Gamez, NLS, def. Kai Campos 6-1, 6-1 … (4) Andres Rojas, NLS, def. Jeb Haaven-Farstad 7-5, 6-2.
Doubles
(1) Jonah Tollefson/Tommy Loer, EGF, def. Matt Monson/Jack Noeldner 2-6, 6-2, 10-5 … (2) Tanner Campos/Tate Steenerson, EGF, def. Adam Klaphake/Ethan Spors 6-3, 6-3 … (3) Josh Soto/Sam Gamez, NLS, def. Trey D’Heilly/Luke Massman 6-4, 6-2.

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