Tech boys tennis falls in part semis; Different Wednesday part highlights

ST. CLOUD — Heading into Wednesday’s match, the Tech boys tennis team knew it wasn’t going to be easy to earn a spot in the section finals. 

The Tigers took on Alexandria at Sartell High School on Wednesday afternoon for the Section 8AA boys tennis team tournament. It came down to the final matches, but Alexandria was able to squeak out the 4-3 victory and eliminate Tech from the tournament. 

Back in the regular season, Tech won 6-1 over Alexandria, but head coach Paul Bates said, after last Wednesday’s match, that it was closer than what the score showed. That statement proved true at Sartell as the overall match went back-and-forth for the first two or three points. 

The first point went to Alexandria’s Gannon Lueck at No. 2 singles as he won in straight sets against Tech’s Gavin Fenstad. Tech’s Max Rud and Ripley Garden tied the match up at 1-1 with a straight-set victory at No. 2 doubles. 

The Cardinals came back with a win at No. 4 singles with Aaron Jost as he won in straight sets over Tech’s Tomiwa Ajayi. The battle continued as Tech’s Michael Plombom tied the match up at 2-2 with a win at No. 1 singles. 

Tech junior Ripley Garden smiles after a long rally Wednesday, June 2, 2021, at Sartell High School.

Plombom earned the first set win at 6-3, but lost 6-4 in the second set. He stayed strong and stuck to his game to win 6-1 in the third set and tie the match up. 

Alexandria regained the lead as Landon Schabel won No. 3 singles over Tech’s Emilio Estevez to make it a 3-2 match. That No. 3 singles match went to a third set, but Schabel had the momentum in the end. 

The only two matches remaining in the entire match was No. 1 doubles and No. 3 doubles. Tech’s Andrew Plombom and Ben Nelson were heading into a third set against Alexandria, but the Cardinals were able to clinch the needed fourth point at No. 3 doubles. 

Tech sophomore Michael Plombon smashes a winner Wednesday, June 2, 2021, at Sartell High School.

Alexandria’s Brennan Parker and Tyler Jabas battled back from losing the first set to win the final two sets against Tech’s Jonah Atkinson and Ben Eiynck to win the match for the Cardinals. 

Plombom/Nelson won the third set 2-0 after the match was stopped due to the victory for Alexandria and Tech fell 4-3 in the match. 

Tech sophomore Gavin Fenstad hits a shot Wednesday, June 2, 2021, at Sartell High School.

The Tigers team season has come to an end, but a handful of Tech players will compete on Thursday for the section individual tournament. Nelson and Fenstad will be partnered up for the doubles tournament as will the Plombom brothers. Estevez will be competing in the singles tournament. 

The Section 8AA boys tennis individual tournament will start at 10 a.m. Thursday at Sartell High School. The quarterfinals are at 10 a.m. followed by the semifinals at noon and the championship at 2 p.m. 

Tech seniors Ben Nelson and Andrew Plombon fist bump after a point Wednesday, June 2, 2021, at Sartell High School.

Tech vs. Alexandria Results 

Singles 

No. 1: Michael Plombom (Tech) defeats Jacob Partington (Alexandria) 6-3, 4-6, 6-1

No. 2: Gannon Lueck (Alexandria) defeats Gavin Fenstad (Tech) 6-3, 6-4

No. 3: Landon Schabel (Alexandria) defeats Emilio Estevez (Tech) 6-4, 3-6, 6-1

No. 4: Aaron Jost (Alexandria) defeats Tomiwa Ajayi (Tech) 6-1, 6-3

Doubles

No. 1: Andrew Plombom/Ben Nelson (Tech) defeats Pieter Mulder/Owen Gilbertson (Alexandria) 7-6, 5-7, 2-0

No. 2: Max Rud/Ripley Garden (Tech) defeats Andrew Wegner/Dylan Nelson (Alexandria) 6-3, 6-3

No. 3: Brennan Parker/Tyler Jabas (Alexandria) defeats Jonah Atkinson/Ben Eiynck (Tech) 2-6, 7-5, 6-2

Albany's Zach Moritz concentrates on the ball while batting during the game Thursday, April 29, 2021, in Avon.

Other section highlights 

Baseball 

Section 6AA Quarterfinals  

No. 7 Annandale at No. 2 Albany, 5 p.m.  

No. 6 Cathedral at No. 3 Royalton, 5 p.m.  

Sartell senior Logan Hamak walks to the second green in the first round of the Section 8-3A meet Tuesday, June 1, 2021, at Rich Spring Golf Club in Cold Spring.

Boys golf 

Section 8AAA Tournament  

Round Two at Rich Spring Golf Club

Team Results: 1. Alexandria 611 (306-305), 2. Moorhead 612 (307-305), 3. Brainerd 625 (305-320), 4. Sartell 638 (315-323), 5. Buffalo 659 (328-331), 6. Bemidji 666 (331-335)

Tech/Apollo, Becker, Monticello, Willmar and Sauk Rapids were all cut for team scores after the first day on Tuesday. 

Sartell Individual Results: 1. Logan Hamak 144 (69-75), 2. Lance Hamak 157 (79-78), 3. Logan Carlson 168 (83-85), 4. Mason Lund 172 (85-87), T5. Carson Andel 173 (84-89), T5. Lucas Greenlun 173 (88-85)

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