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Top-ranked Mustangs boys tennis hoping for upset
Despite being ranked No. 1 in the state, the Mounds View High School boys tennis team isn’t the favorite in its section. The Mustangs are hoping for an upset this week.
Mounds View is the No. 2 seed in the Section 5AA team tournament and has advanced to the section final, which is Tuesday at 3 p.m. at Park Center High School. Standing in the Mustangs’ way is Maple Grove, the two-time defending section champion.
The Mustangs lost to the Crimson during the regular season, but a late-season tournament championship vaulted them into the top spot in the coaches poll. The top spot in the poll doesn’t really get you anything, however.
“We’ve still got some work to do,” Mounds View head coach Mike Cartwright said.
Maple Grove supplanted Mounds View at the top team in Section 5AA two years ago and hasn’t yet given up the spot. The Crimson made it back-to-back section titles by beating Mounds View again in last year’s section final.
Mounds View ascended to the top of the polls by winning the prestigious Edina Invitational earlier this month. The Mustangs beat Mahtomedi, Edina and Wayzata to earn the championship. Wayzata was ranked No. 1 at the time and is also the defending state champion.
Maple Grove also played in the tournament but lost to Edina in the first round.
Mounds View has done most of its damage on the doubles side of the ledger. At the Edina tournament, the Mustangs went 9-0 in doubles matches and managed to pick up some singles points to win the matches. They’ll need to do that on Tuesday, too.
“We need to come up with a singles point or two,” Cartwright said.
Mounds View reached the section finals with back-to-back 7-0 wins over Champlin Park and Centennial. Maple Grove beat Osseo 7-0 and Blaine 6-1 to get back to the finals.
The section champion advances to the state tournament at the Baseline Tennis Center in the first week of June.
The fifth-seeded Knights went 1-1 in the first two rounds of the Section 5AA tournament. Irondale beat 12th-seeded Totino-Grace 6-1 on May 14 but was edged 4-3 by fourth-seeded Blaine on May 15.
St. Anthony Village
The Huskies play in a powerhouse section and saw their tournament run end quickly. St. Anthony, the fifth seed, lost 7-0 to fourth-seeded Minnehaha Academy.
Minnehaha then lost 7-0 to top-seeded Blake the semifinals.
Of the six matches played in the first two rounds, only one was not a 7-0 decision. Third-seeded Mounds Park Academy managed to get one point off of second-seeded St. Paul Academy in the semifinals.
The section final, featuring Blake vs. St. Paul Academy, was Monday, past the deadline for this edition of the Bulletin.
Brian Meyers can be reached at email@example.com.