Boys Tennis: Brainerd sweeps section titles
ST. CLOUD—Brainerd head coach Bruce Thompson couldn't remember if and or when the Warriors ever claimed the Section 8-2A singles and doubles championships in the same year.
That answer will be a lot easier going forward as Patrick Moraghan won the section singles title and the duo of Garrett Goeden-Ian Aadland are section doubles champions after play Friday, May 24, at St. Cloud Apollo.
Goeden-Aadland eliminated the Sartell senior duo of Austin Adelman-Patrick Stalboerger 6-3, 6-7 (3), 6-3. Then it was on to the other Sartell senior duo of Max Fasenmaier-Thomas Connolly 7-5, 6-3.
"These guys are beat," Warriors assistant coach Ellen Fussy said. "They played really well on Tuesday in the subsection tournament. They played well to get there and we knew they could find it today. They got better as the day went on."
In the championship match against Willmar's Hunter and Peyton Fischer, Brainerd dropped the first set 6-3 and battled back to win the next two 7-5, 7-6 (1).
"It was a tough battle," Fussy said. "There was a lot of eb and flow. The first set we were a little flat. They outplayed us. In the second set, we picked it up and played really well. We thought we were in the driver's seat for a long time. The Fischer boys are good players. We had to capitalize on some of their mistakes and then we started making some mistakes.
"In the third set, we were up 5-3 and it went into the tiebreaker. There was a lot of momentum shifts. The boys just played really tough. The tiebreaker went to 7-1 and we asked the boys when they thought they had the match and they said, 'when the score was 6-1 in the tIebreaker.' That's how close that match was."
By just the scores alone, it looked as if Moraghan cruised to his first section title. The Brainerd junior knocked of Monticello's Tyler Rousslang 6-3, 6-1. Then he went back-to-back on Becker with a 6-0, 6-2 win over Brady Gruenhagen followed by a 7-6 (4), 6-3 win in the finals over Jacob Lukkarila.
"He was so focused," Fussy said. "He had his game face on, but every point he worked for. He worked hard. The score doesn't show it, but I was really proud of him. His maturity showed. He's a junior now so his maturity showed in his play today."
Moraghan's victory gives the Warriors four straight section singles titles after Tanner Lundberg won three straight.
"As we watched him play as the season went on, he just kept getting better," Fussy said. "His on-court demeanor and his maturity really made leaps and bounds from last year. I really believe that's from his summer play and he was focused and that was his goal."
Quarterfinals: Patrick Moraghan (Brd) def. Tyler Rousslang (Monticello) 6-3, 6-1
Semifinals: Moraghan def. Brady Gruenhagen (Becker) 6-0, 6-2
Championship: Moraghan def. Jacob Lukkarila (Becker) 7-6 (4), 6-3
Quarterfinals: Garrett Goeden-Ian Aadland (Brainerd) def. Austin Adelman-Patrick Stalboerger (Sartell) 6-3, 6-7 (3), 6-3
Semifinals: Goeden-Aadland (Brd) def. Max Fesenmaier-Thomas Connolly (Sartell) 7-5, 6-3
Championship: Goeden-Aadland (Brd) def. Hunter Fischer-Peyton Fischer (Willmar) 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (1)
Next: Class 2A State Individual Tournament at University of Minnesota Baseline Tennis Center, Minneapolis 8 a.m. Thursday, June 6.