Boys Tennis: Lundberg finishes with 127 career wins
MINNEAPOLIS--Tanner Lundberg waited three years to get it and Thursday it finally came. The Brainerd Warriors senior topped Stewart Morrell of Elk River 6-0, 6-1 in the opening round of the Class 2A state singles tournament to secure his first st...
MINNEAPOLIS-Tanner Lundberg waited three years to get it and Thursday it finally came.
The Brainerd Warriors senior topped Stewart Morrell of Elk River 6-0, 6-1 in the opening round of the Class 2A state singles tournament to secure his first state win at the Baseline Tennis Center on the campus of the University of Minnesota.
Unfortunately for Lundberg, the win meant he advanced to face top-seeded, returning state runner-up, a future University of Minnesota Gopher and the USTA's 63rd ranked player Sebastian Vile of Rochester Mayo. Vile eliminated Lundberg 6-2, 6-0.
"Tanner played well," Warriors head coach Bruce Thompson said. "He played the match he had to play. He hustled. He picked his spots. He came to the net. He did everything he could do to counterbalance this guy's strengths, but he was just the real deal. He was a very nice tennis player. Give him credit."
Against Morrell, Lundberg wanted to apply constant pressure on his sophomore opponent.
"I just wanted to stay consistent and get to the net to push the envelope a little bit an cause him to get nervous," Lundberg said. "It felt good. I've been trying for three years to get a win and to finally get one I felt really accomplished."
Vile handed Lundberg his third loss of the week. Lundberg went 0-2 during the Class 2A team tournament facing players who are the fourth-seed and fifth-seed in the singles tournament.
"He was just moving me around," Lundberg said. "He had a strong forehand and backhand. He doesn't really have a weakness. He serves well and he would just punish my weak balls if I ever hit one to him."
Thompson said: "He played well in that first match, but frankly despite losing he played his best match of the season in that second match today. He just played well today. He did not back down today. He played one of his best matches. This level of play down here is hard to describe to people. These guys are all season tennis players. They are that one sport, select athlete. They are very gifted players."
Lundberg finishes his career with a 127-27 record. He advanced to three state singles tournaments and was a Section 8-2A champion. The shifty point guard for the Warrior basketball team will attend Concordia College in Moorhead next year and play tennis.
He said he'll always remember his teammates and his coaches, his state experiences, getting his 100th win and having his parents there through it all.
"He had a great career," Thompson said. "And he's a great kid. He really is. He can be real quiet, but he's just really solid as a person. He's the kind of kid you want to coach. He doesn't talk a lot, but he's one of, as far back as I can remember, he's one of the many great players we've had at Brainerd High School history. He's one of them."
Opening-round: Tanner Lundberg (Brd) def. Stewart Morrell (Elk River) 6-0, 6-1
Quarterfinals: Sebastian Vile (Rochester Mayo) def. Lundberg 6-2, 6-0