Bluejacket boys tennis defeated Andover 4-3 in the opening round Section 7AA Team tourney which was delayed to May 20 due to rains on the 19th.
Coach Thea Lowman: “Pulling out this close match was a nice victory for us. Devin Gislason played his best match of the season at No. 3 singles, controlling points right from the start of the match and winning 6-1, 6-1. Jed Bingham played steady at No. 4 singles, winning 6-3, 6-2. Carlo Holmberg and Nino Merkouris played aggressively to win their No. 2 doubles match 6-4, 6-4.
“Raffy Hernando and Sam Walz pulled out the crucial fourth team point by taking the third set of their No. 3 doubles match. At 4-3 in the third set, they knew their match would be the deciding point for the team. I’m proud of the way they handled the pressure, winning 3-6, 6-2, 6-3.”
In the next round, top-seed and 6th-ranked Elk River ended C-I’s season with a 7-0 victory.
• In the 7AA Singles tourney at Princeton, Thomas Phillips fell 6-3, 6-4 to St. Francis’ Mau, and Derek Belford fell 6-1,7-5 to Chisago’s Lambrecht. Saturday’s 7AA Doubles tourney saw Holmberg and Merkouris post a 6-4, 6-3 win over a Princeton duo before falling to top-ranked S. Gearou & Chanthamontry of Elk River. Destin Modina and D. Gislason also posted a 6-2, 6-0 win over Andover in their opening match before Turnquist & Lizotte of Chisago Lakes won 6-0, 6-1.