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Park boys tennis: Wolfpack jump out to 2-1 start in 2014

The Park boys tennis team started the season 2-1 with a pair of non-conference wins last week.

Park beat St. Paul Highland Park 6-1 on Tuesday, April 8, in the season opener, lost 7-0 to Suburban East Conference foe East Ridge on Thursday, April 10, and edged Farmington 4-3 on Friday, April 11.

Against Highland Park, Park junior Mekdim DeJene won at No. 1 singles, 4-6, 7-5, 13-11 in a super tiebreaker. Also, senior Pele Le won 6-1, 6-3 at second singles, senior Sam Forthun won 6-1, 6-1 at third singles and Logan Ross won at fourth singles.

In doubles play, senior Michael Nguyen and junior Parker Adams won at No. 1 doubles, 2-6, 6-4, 7-6, and Josh Kuemmel and Jon Song won 6-4, 6-4 at third doubles.

SEC power East Ridge swept the Wolfpack in their first conference match, however.

Freshman Anuraag Bukkuri defeated Dejene 6-1, 6-3 at No. 1 singles, Le fell 6-1, 6-4 at second singles, Forthun lost 6-2, 6-2 at third singles and Ross lost 6-1, 6-2 at fourth singles. Zak Nigatu and Vishaal Gupta teamed up at No. 1 doubles to win 6-0, 6-0, while Van der Sman and Cai won 6-0, 6-0 at second singles and senior Tim Holzinger and junior Hanting Guo won 6-7, 6-4, 10-3 at third doubles. The Raptors also swept doubles play.

Park bounced back against Farmington, however.

At second singles, Le won the make-or-break match, winning 4-6, 7-5, 10-5 in a super tiebreaker to deliver the victory to the Wolfpack. Also, DeJene won 6-3, 6-2 at No. 1 singles, Forthun and Nguyen won 7-6, 6-1 at first doubles, Kuemmel and Song won 6-3, 6-2 at third doubles.

Park was at Hastings on Tuesday, April 15, after the Bulletin went to print. Next, the Wolfpack welcomes rival Woodbury to Cottage Grove on Thursday.

—Patrick Johnson

Patrick Johnson
Patrick Johnson has been the South Washington County Bulletin’s sports editor since 2008. He reports on and oversees coverage of high school and amateur sports in south Washington County and Woodbury. Prior to joining the Bulletin, Johnson worked for other Twin Cities suburban newspapers. He is a University of Minnesota graduate.
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