Champlin Park gears up for section play
By Matthew Davis
Sun Post Newspapers
Champlin Park swept Andover 7-0 on Wednesday, May 7 en route to their third-consecutive boys tennis conference match victory.
“We haven’t beat Andover for a long time,” Rebels coach Brian Larson said. “They’ve always been real strong. They’re a little down from what they’ve been, but beating a team 7-0 is pretty good when you’ve lost 1-2 sets.”
Senior first singles player Mikayeel Mulla won the closest match of the day for the Rebels after losing his first set, 6-4. Mulla rallied to beat Andover’s Luke Leisaer 6-2 and 10-2 in the following sets. Hunter Femrite, the Rebels’ second singles player, held off Andover’s Trevor Siebold 6-4, 6-4 in the next closest match of the day.
Alex Virasy beat Jared Anderson for a fourth singles victory, 6-4, 6-2. Greg Ledray won third singles 6-1, 6-3.
In doubles, Matt Gullickson and Alex Hilley defeated Ben Felkoman and Christian Toronto 6-1, 6-0 in the Rebels’ largest margin for victory on the day. Alex Kocher and Matt Gamber won second doubles 6-0, 6-2. Nathan Williams and Ryan Fredrick took third doubles, 6-3, 6-0.
Earlier in the week, the Rebels beat Coon Rapids 5-2 with a sweep by the doubles teams. Kocher and Gamber shut-out Larsen Kronstad and Jared Musolf 6-0, 6-0. Williams and Fredrick allowed only on score in their match victory 6-1, 6-0. Gullickson and Hilley won 6-0, 6-2 over the Cardinals first doubles tandem.
Mulla won first singles for the Rebels in a 7-6, 6-4 match against Bobby Yang. Ledray took third singles 6-3, 6-3 over Steven Yang. Femrite came up short in his match, 6-0, 6-3 against Kendall Stetts. Virsay had the only other loss of the day to Aaron Bauer 6-2, 6-1.
“They’re usually pretty strong,” Larson said of the Cardinals.
The Rebels downed rival Anoka 5-2 on May 1 to get the league win-streak going. Champlin Park’s only loss since came in a non-conference match against St. Michael-Albertville, 5-2, on Monday, May 5.
Section 5AA team tournament play began for the Rebels on Wednesday and will go through Friday depending on their success in each round. The section has loaded talent with tennis powers Maple Grove and Mounds View.
“It’s a tough road,” Larson said. “The last couple years we’ve had some guys win some matches. That’s kind of a good stepping stone, win some matches and see what we can do.”
Following the team tournament, the Rebels will play in the Section 5AA individual tournament on May 23 and 27. Section winners for both tournaments will compete at state on June 3-6.
Larson said his No. 1 doubles team has good postseason potential. How the other schools field their doubles teams could play a big role in match-ups at sections.
“You never know what palyers are going to hop over to doubles and vice versa,” Larson said.
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