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Woodbury boys tennis: Straight-set success for Royals

Ben Sajevic and the Woodbury boys tennis team improved to 2-0 with a win over Forest Lake last week.

The Royals emerged 2-for-2 in the early portion of their schedule after dispatching Suburban East Conference foe Forest Lake.

Woodbury topped the Rangers 5-2 during the April 16 road match-up.

The victory came courtesy of three wins from singles players and two wins from the Royals' doubles teams. All of Woodbury's five wins came in straight sets.

Junior Joey Shubert collected a 6-2, 6-1 win at No. 2 singles, while fellow junior Ben Sajevic won his No. 3 match 6-2, 6-0. Senior Aditya Vasavan, who competed at No. 4 singles against Forest Lake, won his match 6-1, 6-4.

The only Royals singles player who didn't earn a win was senior Matt Shubert, who fell in his No. 1 singles match against Toby Boyer, a standout for the Rangers who reached the state tournament in 2012.

"Being that it was Matt's first match outdoors and against Boyer, Matt needed to adjust to his surroundings," said Woodbury tennis coach Michael Moran. "I can tell he was thinking about what he needed to do. His mindset was in the right place, and with more match play, his shots will be in the right place as well."

The match also saw the return of sophomore Matt Meidt, who was sidelined in Woodbury's win over Eagan with an ankle injury. He teamed up with partner Darsh Desai at No. 2 doubles to secure a 6-3, 6-3 win.

"It was good to have Meidt back in the line-up," Moran said. "Darsh is a solid player, but like many of the Royals, his confidence needs to grow. I saw glimpses of confidence with Matt and Darsh on (April 16)."

Woodbury's No.1 doubles team of juniors David Lundberg and Michael Chu also won - 6-2, 6-0.

A game scheduled last week against District 833 foe Park was rescheduled due to inclement weather.

The Royals now bear down for an unusually busy week due to postponements thanks to snowy conditions. Woodbury was set to begin the week with a road match on Tuesday, March 23, against Cretin-Derham Hall. On Wednesday, the Royals play host to St. Thomas Academy before playing cross-town rival East Ridge on Thursday. Woodbury plays St. Paul Harding on Friday and closes out the week with Saturday's Royals-Raptors Invitational, originally scheduled for the first week of the season.