Princeton Boys Tennis
The Princeton Boys Tennis team faced some tough competition when it opened the season, falling to both Anoka and Chisago Lakes on April 8 and 9.
April 8 vs. Anoka
No. 1 singles player, senior Calvin Peterson came close to defeating his opponent Matt Orr, going three sets. He had a shaky start, losing the first set 6-1 but came back to win a close second set 7-6. The match came down to the last set, where Peterson and Orr battled back and forth, with Orr eventually taking the set, 10-7.
No. 2 singles player, junior Kody Alickson was defeated in two, with a score of 6-0 in both sets, and No. 3 singles Owen Larson lost in two as well, 6-0 and 6-2. No. 4 singles player Zanden Mellon finished up the singles side, also losing in two sets, 6-1 and 6-2.
No. 1 doubles pair, senior Ricky Torkelson and junior Cody Miller came out swinging in the first set, losing a close one 7-5 and eventually went onto lose the second set 6-2. No. 2 doubles pair senior Weston Leverty and junior Cloey Howard, who is playing this spring after she was out during the girls fall season due to an injury, also lost in two, 6-3 and 6-2. No. 3 pairs sophomore Henry Lupkes and senior Wade Lawrence lost their match 6-1 and 6-1.
April 9 vs. Chisago Lakes
Head coach Jon Steinbrecher said the team came out ready to play against Chisago Lakes after the tough loss to Anoka the day before. This showed with several matches going into three sets.
Once again, Peterson led the way in the No. 1 singles spot, going three matches against Chisago Lakes’ Drew Hanson. Much like the day before, Peterson lost the first set 6-1, but came back to win a close one 7-6, and eventually lost the last set 6-3.
No. 2 singles player Larson lost in two, 6-0 and 6-1, while Alickson battled in his two sets, coming up just short in each, losing 6-4 and 6-2. No. 4 singles player, junior Joe Schoen dropped two sets, losing both 6-0.
On the doubles side, No. 1 pair Torkelson and Miller lost two close sets, 6-4 and 6-3 while No. 2 doubles pair Leverty and Howard went three sets with Chisago Lakes. They took the first set handily 6-1, but then dropped two close sets, 6-4 and 6-3.
Lupkes and Lawrence lost in two sets, 6-2 and 6-3.
“The players continue to work hard, have great attitudes and will be ready to go for the next match,” Steinbrecher said.
The team’s North Branch match was cancelled due to weather and were scheduled to take on Blaine on April 15 and Big Lake on April 16 [after print]. They travel to Rogers on April 18.