Mustangs grab spot in tennis state tournament
Tanner Hanson and Cameron Cook each earned three-set victories in a state qualifying match, and West Fargo Sheyenne punched its ticket to the boys tennis state tournament with a 3-2 win over Fargo Shanley in an East Region state qualifier Thursday.
Hansen rebounded from a 6-3 opening-set loss, rallying to top Jacob Jelinski 7-5, 6-3 in the final two sets at No. 2 singles. At No. 3, Cook earned a dominant 6-1 win over Kai Pierce in the decisive third set.
Clinching the win at No. 1 doubles, Kyle Toy and Kamden Coles earned a 6-3, 6-1 win over Tyler Anderson and Sam Carlson.
"It took us awhile to get going," Mustang coach Chad Anderson said of his team's performance Thursday. "(But) we made everything work. It was pretty neat to see the way they were able to step it up."
Cook and Coles also earned wins at No. 2 and 3 singles respectively, while Toy and Kamden Bear earned a No. 1 doubles win, as Sheyenne advanced through the quarterfinals with a 3-2 win over Fargo Davies in their opening match of the day.
In their semifinals, the Mustangs fell 5-0 to Grand Forks Central. The Knights topped in-city rival Red River 4-1 in the championship round, securing their first region title since 1995.
The No. 4 seed out of the East, the Mustangs will open state play against Bismarck Legacy, the top seed out of the West, next Thursday at Choice Health and Fitness in Grand Forks, immediately following the opening matches, which begin at 10 a.m.
The stage shouldn't be too big for the Mustangs, who went undefeated against the West this season, including a 7-2 victory over Legacy on Sept. 7.
"I work real hard to make sure we get matches with the West," Anderson said. "Having played a lot against the West, I think we'll be okay. It'll be tough either way, but I'm really looking forward to it."
Sheyenne will also be represented in the doubles tournament, as the team of Toy Baer qualified out of the East Region consolation bracket Saturday.