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Boys Tennis: Red Wing breezes past first round opponent

Red Wing's Alex Holm sets up for a backhand during his No. 2 singles match against Faribault Tuesday at Twin Bluff Middle School in Red Wing. Holm won 6-0, 6-0 as the Wingers advanced to the second round of the Section 1AA tournament. Photo by Chris Harrell1 / 2
Isaac Toivonen waits for the ball to drop before unleashing a forehand during Tuesday's Section 1AA first round match against Faribault in Red Wing. Toivonen tallied an easy 6-0, 6-0 victory as the Wingers won 7-0. Photo by Chris Harrell2 / 2

Red Wing faced little resistance against Faribault in the first round of the Section 1AA tournament at Twin Bluff Middle School in Red Wing.

The second-seeded Wingers didn't drop a game at the top three singles spots or the No. 1 doubles position in a 7-0 victory. Red Wing head coach Matt Kavanagh told his players before the match that there is no better way to respect an opponent than to defeat them 6-0, 6-0; don't let up on an opponent.

"I told the guys to play the match as if you're playing Rochester Mayo," Red Wing head coach Matt Kavanagh said. "I hope they don't get too complacent after today's opponent and I doubt they will. They know the type of competition Mayo is."

Isaac Toivonen rolled past Ryder Ross 6-0, 6-0, deftly using his kick serve. Toivonen said he has improved his kick serve every year since learning it as a ninth grader. Alex Holm defeated Nick Anderson 6-0, 6-0 at No. 2 singles, Noah Christenson won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 3 singles and Nick Meyer defeated Jacob Heppner 6-3, 6-1 at No. 4 singles.

The Wingers dropped four games total in doubles competition as the No. 1 doubles pairing of Luke Bryant and Nick Powers won 6-0, 6-0, No. 2 Travis Toivonen and Marcus Veith tallied a 6-1, 6-1 win, and Josh Lyons and Alex Bettich defeated Sam Davis and Landon Gregersen 6-1, 6-0 at No. 3 doubles.

While it was a dominating performance, Kavanagh was looking forward to practice Wednesday. The terrible weather has kept the Wingers from finding time to work on weaknesses and Kavanagh will look to make adjustments before Thursday's match against third-seeded Owatonna. The Huskies defeated sixth-seeded Farmington 7-0 Tuesday in Owatonna.

"They all need to be more confident with their transition to the net," he said. "They should be thinking they are in a favorable position not worrying about the next shot.

"We can also work on shot selection from the midcourt. That's something we can improve and exploit. Forward movement is something we can improve on. You can get them out of their comfort zone, take time away from them. It's easy to make your opponent look good if you give them time."

Thursday's match will begin at 4 p.m. at Twin Bluff Middle School.

Chris Harrell
Chris Harrell is a sports reporter for the Red Wing Republican Eagle. Previously, he interned at the St. Paul Pioneer Press and The Daily Caller in Washington, D.C. For updates on local sports, follow Chris on Twitter at @RECHarrell.
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