The Princeton boys tennis team walked away with both a win and a loss last week. They defeated St. Francis 5-2 April 23 and lost to St. Michael-Albertville (STMA) 4-3 April 25.
Princeton had a strong showing when they took on St. Francis at home, where the Tigers’ doubles teams swept St. Francis in all three competitions.
No. 1 doubles tandem Ricky Torkelson and Cody Miller defeated their opponents 6-2 in each of two sets as did No. 3 doubles team Wade Lawrence and Henry Lupkes. No. 2 doubles team Westen Leverty and Cloey Howard took both sets as well, 6-2 and 6-1.
Both No. 1 singles Calvin Peterson and No. 2 singles Owen Larson defeated their St. Francis opponents. Peterson won in two sets, 6-1 and 6-4, but Larson had to battle to win the match where he faced St. Francis’s Nik Kasa. He lost the first in a close set, 7-6 and then won the second set, 6-4 to bring it to a tie breaker, where he defeated Kasa 10-8.
No. 3 singles Kody Alickson was defeated in two sets, 6-2 and 6-0, and Joe Schoen was defeated 6-0, 6-0.
The Tigers did not pave an easy road for the STMA Knights, when they were defeated on the road. No. 1 singles Calvin Peterson went three sets with his opponent, coming from behind after losing the first set 6-3. He went on to win the next two sets, 6-4 and 6-4.
No. 2 singles Owen Larson was defeated 6-1 and 6-0 in his match as was No. 4 singles Joe Schoen, 6-1 and 7-5. No. 3 singles Kody Alickson got the win in his match, taking two sets, 6-2 and 6-2.
No. 3 doubles Calvin Olson and Zanden Mellen were defeated in two sets, 6-4 and 6-2, but No. 2 doubles Weston Leverty and Cloey Howard won in two close sets, 7-6 and 6-4.
That brought the contest down to the No. 1 doubles match of Ricky Torkelson and Cody Miller. Torkelson and Miller lost the first set 6-4 in a close battle and then had to fight to come from behind in the second set for the win, 7-5. They were defeated in the final set, 6-3.
“We had great matches,” said Coach Jon Steinbrecher. “It was great for the players, and they all fought well during their matches.”