East Ridge tennis: Section play begins with clean sweep for Raptors
The Raptors received the top seed in Section 3AA, then went on to prove its ability to dominate.
After receiving a first-round bye, the Raptors earned a complete sweep against the No. 8-seeded Apple Valley Eagles.
Not one of the Raptors’ singles players – Anuraag Bukkuri, Ben Van der Smam, Vishaal Gupta or Nikhil Gupta – dropped a set in their games.
The same went for East Ridge’s top two doubles teams (Greg Sharrow/Evan Lu and Zak Nigatu/Riley Pratt) though the No. 3 doubles match brought high drama. The team of Cormac Dolezal and Hanting Guo eventually prevailed in a three-set match decided by an 11-9 super-tiebreaker.
The win advanced the Raptors to the section semifinals against Eagan. The match was played Tuesday, May 20, after the Bulletin went to press.
“My hope is for our team to be 100 percent and healthy, as we’ve had lots of illnesses this season,” said Raptors coach Suzie Heideman.
If East Ridge advances to the finals, it would face either No. 3-seeded Eastview or No. 2-seeded Burnsville.