East Grand Forks completed a season sweep defeating Detroit Lakes for the third time this season winning 5-2 in the opening round of the Section 8A boys tennis playoffs Monday, May 20 at the DLHS courts.
“We competed, like we always have, all year,” Laker head coach Zach Biggar said. “All matches were close and that is all a coach could ask for. The boys played extremely hard until the last points. We had three third setters today and could only win one of them. This was the difference in the match. As a whole, this season has been a season of growing. We had a lot of new pieces and were constantly trying to see where those pieces fit. Coach Beauchman and I are excited about the upcoming years because we have a lot of young talent. Guys like Gabe Reller and Reed Henderson are young guys that will get a chance next year to help out the team and be crucial points for our varsity matches.”
Tommy Fritz earned a singles victory from the four spot taking the first set in a tiebreak winning the breaker 7-3 and got in a groove to close out the match 6-3 in the second.
Connor Zamzo and Nate Cihak cruised to a 6-2 first set victory and 6-1 in the third after dropping a second set tiebreaker 7-2 to Josiah Gehrls and Bryce Huot.
Green Wave swept the top two singles matches in straight sets.
Austin Miller led one set to love after a 6-2 win in the opener at three-singles but Parker Anderson responded 7-5, 6-3 to seal the match.
EGF’s Tanner Lubinski and Tanner Mack followed suit coming back after a first set tiebreak loss (8-6) to DL’s Jordan Fields and Caden Smith winning the match three and three in the latter two sets.
The championship will be a rematch of last year with No. 1 Thief River Falls facing No. 2 Perham Tuesday, May 21 at 10 a.m.
No. 2 Perham defeated No. 7 Fergus Falls 7-0 and No. 3 Minnewaska 5-2 to advance to the finals.
Minnewaska took out No. 6 Crookston in the first round 4-3.
Top-seeded and state-ranked Thief River Falls took out East Grand Forks 6-1 after a first round bye.
The Prowlers are the defending 8A champions.
The individual portion of the tournament begins at 1 p.m. Braeden Wimmer and Sam Spry will represent the Lakers in singles play. Seebold and Hanninen and Cihak and Zamzo will compete in doubles.
East Grand Forks 5, Detroit Lakes 2.
No. 1 - Benjamin Kern, EGF def. Braeden Wimmer, DL, 6-1, 7-5;
No. 2 - Blake Felch, EGF def. Sam Spry, DL, 6-1, 7-5;
No. 3 - Parker Anderson, EGF def. Austin Miller, DL, 2-6, 7-5, 6-3;
No. 4 - Thomas Fritz, DL def. Justin Smerer, EGF, 7-6 (3), 6-3;
No. 1 - Tucker Brown - Justin Marciniak, EGF def. Trey Seebold - Gabe Hanninen, DL, 6-4, 6-3;
No. 2 - Connor Zamzo - Nathan Cihak, DL def. Josiah Gehrls - Bryce Huot, EGF, 6-2, 6-7 (2), 6-1;
No. 3 - Tanner Lubinski - Tanner Mack, EGF def. Jordan Fields - Caden Smith, DL, 6-7 (6), 6-3, 6-3.