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Raptors net a 6-1 win over Royals

East Ridge's Caleb Fridinger scores a point at second singles against a Woodbury opponent Tuesday afternoon. John Molene / Sports Writer1 / 4
Aman Koul of Woodbury makes a return at No. 4 singles Tuesday at Woodbury. John Molene / Sports Writer2 / 4
Woodbury's No. 2 doubles team of Bogdan Vizoli and Dylan Pham scored a hard fought 7-6, 4-6, 10-6 victory over an East Ridge team Tuesday, April 24, 2018. John Molene / Sports Writer3 / 4
Adam Ryerse of East Ridge defeated Aman Koul of Woodbury in a hard-fought match at fourth singles, winning, 4-6, 6-4, 12-10. John Molene / Sports Writer4 / 4

Finally able to get outside, the East Ridge Raptors rolled to another impressive win Tuesday, April 24, winning at Woodbury 6-1 in boys tennis.

The Raptors improved to 8-1 in dual meets, including a perfect 3-0 against Suburban East Conference opponents. East Ridge swept the singles and won two of three doubles.

The Raptors were dominate in singles play, dropping just one game in the top three matches. Elias Ramirez of East Ridge defeated Corbin Johnson of Woodbury 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1 singles.

At No. 1 doubles, brothers Sujay and Subbarao Garlapati of the Raptors won 6-3-6-0.

"It's always fun to play Woodbury but also hard because a lot of the guys know each other," said East Ridge coach Suzie Heideman. "So it's like playing your friends that you've known for a while. And then there's a couple of new players that we found out right away have added to Woodbury's team."

"Elias Ramirez at No. 1 singles was off pretty quickly," Heideman said. "He played really strong today. He bounced back from a tough match yesterday. And then Caleb and Luke Fridinger cruised. I was really happy with the Garlapatis at No. 1 doubles because they also had a tough match yesterday. And then three doubles played a really good match. They were in control the whole time."

Woodbury got its breakthrough at No. 2 doubles where the team of Bogdan Vizoli and Dylan Pham outlasted their east Ridge opponents, 7-6, 4-6, 10-6.

"We had some great performances," said Woodbury coach Brandon Heath. "Really everybody had some close matches. But at two doubles Dylan and Bogdan had a great win for us. Seventh and eighth grader, they are going to pieces for this year and the future. I really think all the singles, even at one, two and three, Corbin, Ronak and Xander didn't show in the score but they played really well.

"We always know East Ridge is so tough at the top spots," Heath added. "But we made them sweat it out a little bit this year so we'll take it."

East Ridge hosts Mounds View Thursday. Woodbury is at Stillwater.

East Ridge 6, Woodbury 1

Singles

No. 1 — Elias Ramirez, ER, def. Corbin Johnson, Woodbury, 6-1, 6-0.

No. 2 — Caleb Fridinger, ER, def. Ronak Basani, Woodbury, 6-0, 6-0.

No. 3 — Luke Fridinger, ER, def. Kander Hill, Woodbury, 6-0, 6-0.

No. 4 — Adam Ryerse, ER, def. Aman Koul, Woodbury, 4-6, 6-4, 12-10.

Doubles

No. 1 — Sujay Garlapati-Subbarao Garlapati, ER, def. Zach Haugstad-Sanketh Kodimala, Woodbury, 6-3-6-0.

No. 2 — Bogdan Vizoli-Dylan Pham, Woodbury, def. Eli van der Sman-Fillippo Ugolotti, ER, 7-6, 4-6, 10-6.

No. 3 — Filip Belik-Eric Duliere, ER, def. Nate Saffold-Riley Schwartzhoff, Woodbury, 6-0, 6-1.

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