Boys Tennis returns to traditional state tournament venues
Posted: Friday, June 3, 2022 - 5:14 PM
Boys Tennis participants return to traditional venues next week for the Minnesota State High School League’s state tournament that will be held Tuesday, June 7 through Friday, June 10 at two locations in South Minneapolis. The Class AA portion of the four-day event will be held at the Baseline Tennis Center on the University of Minnesota campus, and just 5.8 miles away, the Class A participants will play at the Reed-Sweatt Family Tennis Center.
In 2021 when facilities were limited during a global pandemic, the Class AA tournament was played at Prior Lake High School and the Class A field gathered in St. Cloud to play at Tech and Apollo high schools, respectively.
Edina is the returning Class AA champion. The Hornets, champions of Section 6AA, received the No. 2 seed in the Class AA field. Orono, the Section 5AA champion, is the top seed, and Mounds View is No. 4 followed by No. 5 Eagan. Orono was the No. 2 seed in the Section 5AA team tournament, but recorded a 4-3 upset victory over No. 1 Wayzata in the section final. Wayzata was the Class AA runner-up to Edina in 2021. That reversed a 5-2 loss to Wayzata on May 4. It is the only loss for Orono (14-1) this season.
Edina (17-1) had its lone loss to Wayzata in a 5-2 setback on May 10.
In the Class A tournament, Breck returns for a chance at a repeat championship. The Mustangs last won consecutive Class A crowns in 2011 and 2012, respectively. St. Paul Academy, the Section 4A champion, is 11-1 entering the tournament. The Spartans’ lone loss was a 6-1 setback to Blake during the IMAC schedule.
Wayzata junior Collin Bedhun earned the top seed in the Class AA singles tournament and Edina junior Matthew Fullerton is in the No. 2 spot. Fullerton was the Class AA runner-up to Mounds View’s Bjorn Swenson in 2021. On the Class A side of the bracket, Marjan Veldic, a junior at Rochester Lourdes, is the top seed followed by No. 2 Evan Fraser, a junior at Mounds Park Academy. Fraser topped Veldic for third place during the 2021 state tournament.
The singles and doubles championship matches in both classes will be streamed by School Space Media. You can find the stream at www.prepspotlight.tv.