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Woodbury Boys Tennis: Royals retain 7 Mile Trophy

Woodbury senior Austen Maculus picked up a win at No. 2 singles for Woodbury against Park April 23. (Bulletin photo by Jace Frederick)

Woodbury needed a win for a couple of reasons at home April 23.

The Royals had been on a sizable losing streak, and wanted to hold onto the 7 mile Trophy in their rivalry match against Park.

Woodbury got it done in a tight one, edging the Wolfpack 4-3 to get back into the win column and keep its trophy.

“Really nice one, much needed one here,” Woodbury coach Brandon Heath said “A little rough start to the season, but the guys played great out there today. It was nice for the moral boost.”

Woodbury received wins from Austen Maculus at No. 2 singles, Kenneth Huang at No. 4 singles, Nathan richter and Matt Meidt at No. 1 doubles and Mark Duthi and Hunter Holst at No. 2 doubles.

Heath was happy with the efforts from everyone across the board.

“I’m really just proud of all the guys,” Heath said. “They went out and competed. A lot of those matches, even that we lost, could have gone one way or the other.”

The win for Woodbury came just two days after the Royals fell 7-0 to Mounds View -- the No. 1 team in the state -- in a match played in a mixture of snow and sleet.

“We thought it could be a little painful, but I’m really happy with all of our boys and their team. It turned into a real fun match and a fun experience. Only in Minnesota will you get to play in those conditions in the nice little snow storm, but we had fun with it,” Heath said. “Mounds View has an incredible team, so those conditions, that cold weather, sucked them down a little bit, so we actually had a couple competitive points and sets out there. So we’ll take that against the No. 1 team in the state.”

Maculus played the most competitive set of the match, dropping a set 7-6. The performance, combined with his win against Park, continued his recent string of strong play.

“He’s been such a grinder out there. I always know I can count on him to frustrate the opponent and maybe even some teammates at times. We love him out here,” Heath said. “He’s been great to have. He’s fun to give some crap to and great out on the court. Even when he’s in close ones, I always know he’s going to pull those ones off for me, so that was good (against Park).”