By Jennifer Linder
The Mound Westonka High School boys tennis team continued with strong play during a very busy stretch of six matches over five days.
The White Hawks traveled to Delano on April 20 to face the Tigers. They came away with a convincing 6-1 victory with wins posted at first singles by senior Tony Levens, 6-1, 6-2; second singles by junior Victor Nelson, 6-2, 6-2; fourth singles by junior Reed Kohls, 6-3, 6-3; first doubles by junior Torsten Lee and senior Andrew LaFortune, 6-0, 6-4; second doubles by sophomore Andrew Abegglen and eighth-grader Alex Brown, 6-4, 6-3; and third doubles by juniors Trey Courneya and Jonathan Neve, 6-1, 6-3. The White Hawks JV also beat the Tigers 6-1.
The following day, the varsity team and the coaches packed their bags for a tournament in St. James, Minnesota. As a warmup, the White Hawks stopped in St. Peter to face off against the Saints. Once again, the White Hawks were victorious, winning 5-2.
At first singles, Levens matched up against one of the top Division 1A players in the state and came away with a solid 6-4, 6-1 win. Also winning were Nelson at second singles, 6-2, 6-1; eighth-grader Jack Linder at third singles, 6-0, 6-0; Kohls at fourth singles, 6-2, 6-1; Lee and LaFortune at first doubles, 6-4, 6-2; and Courneya and Brown at second doubles, 7-6, 6-4.
After a night of team bonding at a local motel, the boys woke up to beautiful conditions and a big day of tennis at the St. James Tournament. First up for the White Hawks was Fairmount. The White Hawks were up to the challenge and came away with a 6-1 win with Nelson, Linder and Kohls winning in singles and Lee/LaFortune, Brown/Courneya and junior Adam Hoogeveen/Neve winning at doubles.
Up next was St. James Area Schools and another 6-1 outcome in favor of the White Hawks. The final match of the tourney was against Winona-Cotter and resulted in another 6-1 victory, including third-set tiebreaker wins at first doubles (Lee/LaFortune, 2-6, 6-2, 10-7) and third doubles (Neve/sophomore Nick Brown, 3-6, 7-5, 10-8). At the end of the match, the White Hawks claimed the tournament championship.
Upon returning home and getting a day off, the boys were ready to go again on April 24 when Chanhassen came to town. The competition was a bit tighter, but the White Hawks pulled off a 4-3 victory with wins posted by third singles by Linder, 6-4, 6-3; fourth singles by Kohls, 6-3, 6-2; first doubles by Lee/LaFortune, 6-2, 6-1; and third doubles by Courneya/Neve, 6-0, 7-6. The JV traveled to Chanhassen and also defeated the Storm 5-2.
The White Hawks will celebrate Parent and Senior Night on May 1, when Chaska comes to town and will then head to Litchfield for a conference match on May 4.
Photos by Dennis Hoogeveen
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