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Woodbury boys tennis: Conference record at 4-1 for Royals

Matt Meidt (foreground), Israel Falade and the Woodbury boys tennis team took down Suburban East Conference foe White Bear Lake 6-1 on April 29 (Submitted photo)

The Woodbury boys tennis team took down Suburban East Conference foe White Bear Lake 6-1 on April 29, but couldn’t repeat the feat against conference power Mounds View.

The Royals, who are 6-3 on the year and 4-1 in the conference, swept singles and won 2-of-3 doubles matches in the win over the Bears, which was held at the Lifetime Fitness in White Bear Lake.

Against the Bears, Woodbury senior Ben Sajevic won 6-2, 7-6 (7-1) at No. 1 singles, senior Joey Shubert won 6-0, 6-3 at second singles, senior Michael Chu won 6-2, 6-3 at third singles and freshman Akhhil Miryala won 6-1, 7-6 (7-3) at fourth singles. In doubles play, the Royals’ No. 1 duo of senior David Lundberg and junior Arie Scherson won 6-4, 6-1 and junior Javier Cartagena and senior Dollins Akembom won 6-1, 7-6 (7-3) at third doubles.

Moran said Michael Chu played well in his win.

“Michael looked good out there and is someone the team is depending on as the season goes on,” Moran said. “Akhil Miryala won in convincing fashion at No. 4 singles with a score of 6-4 and 6-1. The first set was close but in the second his confidence took over and he was able to win easily.”

Woodbury didn’t have much luck, however, with Mounds View, which is favored to win the state championship this season. The unbeaten Mustangs took down the Royals 7-0 at Mounds View on Thursday, May 1.

The Royals put up a good fight at No. 1 singles as Sajevic lost a close match , 7-5, 6-3.

“Ben can compete with any player in the state; he had is opportunities out there against Mounds View,” Moran said. “If one or two shots had gone differently, he may have won.”

Shubert played No. 2 singles and was the only player to go three sets, falling 6-2, 3-6, 7-5.

“Joey looked really good out there,” Moran said. “He is playing some of his best tennis at the right time.”

The following night at Fred Wells Tennis Center, the Royals lost a very close non-conference match, 4-3, to St. Thomas Academy. Shubert won 6-5, 6-1, Sajevic won 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) and Cartagena and junior Matt Meidt won 4-6, 6-4, 10-5.

“Matt and Javi played incredibly well together Friday night,” Moran said. “I challenged those two on Friday night considering they never had played doubles together before. They lost the first set and were noticeably down but dug deep and rallied for us.”

The Royals have a tough and busy week with eight matches in a six-day span, including a much-anticipated match with rival East Ridge on Wednesday, May 7, which will be Staff Appreciation Night and Senior Night against Roseville on May 8. The section seeding meeting takes place on Thursday of this week and the Royals have a great chance of doing very well in the wide-open Section 3AA.

—Patrick Johnson

Patrick Johnson
Patrick Johnson has been the South Washington County Bulletin’s sports editor since 2008. He reports on and oversees coverage of high school and amateur sports in south Washington County and Woodbury. Prior to joining the Bulletin, Johnson worked for other Twin Cities suburban newspapers. He is a University of Minnesota graduate.
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