Woodbury boys tennis: Wins over Forest Lake, Park keep Royals undefeated in conference play
The Woodbury boys tennis team earned a big win over Forest Lake on Tuesday to stay unbeaten in the Suburban East Conference.
In the win, Woodbury’s Ben Sajevic won 6-2, 6-1 at second singles, while the remainder of the victories came in doubles play. Woodbury’s No. 1 duo of David Lundberg and Arie Scherson won 6-0, 6-1, while Javi Cartagena and Michael Chu won 6-3, 6-1 at second doubles and Matt Meidt and Israel Falade won 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 in the make-or-break match at third doubles.
“Matt and Israel played really well in set No. 1, but slowed down in the second set,” Woodbury head coach Mike Moran said. “It was great to see them pick-up play in the third and clinch the team victory for us. We will need those two players to continue to play well for us.”Woodbury also beat Park 6-1 on Thursday, April 17.Woodbury’s Joey Shubert won 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 at No. 1 singles, Sajevic won 6-1, 6-2 at second singles and Chu won 6-0, 6-1 at third singles.“Shubert lost the first set 4-6 but won the next two with relative ease,” Moran said. “Joe has the ability to beat a lot of players and we are counting on him to do so. This was a great sign and he should be proud of his comeback.”Shubert’s only conference loss thus far was to Forest Lake’s Toby Boyer, last year’s state tournament runner-up a leading contender to be state champ this year.In doubles play, Lundberg and Scherson won 6-1, 6-3 at the No. 1 spot, Austen Macalus and Darsh Desai won 6-2, 6-1 at second doubles and Meidt and Falade won 6-1, 6-1 at third doubles.“Ben Sajevic, Michael Chu and the doubles team of Matt and Israel remain undefeated in conference play,” Moran said.This past Saturday, Woodbury went 0-3 in a 10-game pro-set format tournament in Burnsville. Woodbury lost 5-2 to Burnsville, 5-2 to Minneapolis Washburn and 4-3 to Red Wing.Woodbury took on Eagan, a section foe, on Monday, and SEC foe Cretin-Derham Hall on Tuesday, after the Bulletin went to print. Next, Woodbury takes on rival East Ridge on Thursday at Woodbury High School. The Raptors are unbeaten thus far this year. Last year, Woodbury edged the Raptors 4-3.“This will be a very tough week for the team,” Moran said. “East Ridge returned all their players and it’s expected this will be a very hard fought match.”