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Park boys tennis: Wolfpack opens season 1-1

The Park boys tennis team kicked off the season last week. Despite the foul weather and snow on the ground, Park got in a pair of matches and went 1-1.

The Wolfpack fell 4-3 to Hastings in a Suburban East Conference showdown on Tuesday, then bounced back to beat Bloomington Kennedy 7-0 on Wednesday in a non-conference match. Matches with East Ridge and Woodbury were rescheduled, because of Thursday's snowfall.

"I thought we played very solid for our first match of the season versus Hastings," Park head coach Tony Townsend said. "It showed how hard our players have worked during the offseason and I am very optimistic for this season."

Against Hastings, Park's Mekdim DeJene won at No. 1 singles in 3 sets (3-6, 6-4, 6-2) and Pele Le and Alec Strauss won convincingly at third and fourth singles, respectively. Le won 6-1, 6-1 and Strauss won 6-2, 6-3.

In addition, Charlie Link played a great match at No. 2 singles against Hastings that almost clinched the win for the Wolfpack. Link fell in three sets (1-6, 7-5, 4-6).

Against Bloomington Kennedy, DeJene (No. 1 singles), Link (No. 2 singles), Le (No. 3 singles) and Strauss (No. 4 singles) all played solid and won their matches, according to Townsend. In doubles play, the No. 1 tandem of Lucas Lindstrom and David Link earned a win, as did Sam Forthun and Michael Nguyen at No. 2 doubles and Matt Elliott and Jon Song at third doubles.

Park had Tartan scheduled for Monday and Stillwater set for Tuesday, after the Bulletin went to press. Next, the Wolfpack takes on Richfield on Wednesday, Forest Lake on Thursday and Farmington on Friday. Park also has an eight-team tournament scheduled, along with Woodbury and East Ridge on Saturday.

"We are just hoping for the weather to cooperate so we can get some matches played and continue to improve," Townsend said.