BY BOB SAN
Maple Grove gave eventual state champion Elk River a good fight before losing 5-2 in the state tennis quarterfinal round at the U of M Baseline Center June 6.
Maple Grove scored two points when Rory Calabria won 6-2, 7-6 in fourth singles and Trevor Kleineschay and Derrick Marvin won 7-6, 6-4 in second doubles.
In other matches Zachary Adkins lost 3-6, 0-6 in first singles; Charlie Adkins fell 2-6, 3-6 in second singles; Sam Hochberger dropped a 3-6, 3-6 decision at third singles; Andrew Nagel and Samuel Endres lost 2-6, 3-6 at first doubles; 6-2, 6-3; and Jacob Endres and Dylan Steman lost 4-6, 4-6 at third doubles.
"We finished the season with great pride within the team that we built," Maple Grove coach J.C. Lippold said. "The undefeated state champion Elk River Elks didn’t lose more than two points in a match this whole season and we got two off of them twice and felt great about the way we played on the big stage."
The Crimson finished the season with a sixth-place showing at state, a 23-4 record with their only loses to state champion Elk River, state runner-up Wayzata and last year’s state champion Rochester Mayo.
Lippold and the Crimson are already planning on building on this year’s success. The future looks bright as Maple Grove loses three seniors in Steman, Nagel and Sam Endres but returns many strong underclassmen.
"We are excited to get started on preparing for next season when we will continue to march our way to the top of Minnesota tennis," Lippold said.