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Raiders win two more SEC tennis matches

After a number of very close matches in the past few weeks, the Hastings boys tennis team enjoyed a pair of blowout wins this week.

On May 10, Hastings beat East Ridge, 7-0.

On May 14, the Raiders cruised past the White Bear Lake Bears, 6-1.

Hastings is now 7-8 overall and 5-4 in Suburban East Conference play.

In the win against East Ridge, the 7-0 score is somewhat misleading. There were a lot of close matches, with Hastings winning every one of them.

Ben Carlson won 6-3, 6-3, at first singles.

At second singles, Jalen Sneddeker won a close match, 6-7, 7-5, 7-5.

Ben Klimek won a close match, too, 7-6, 6-5.

Zach Mellick won at fourth singles, 6-1, 6-4.

The doubles team of Tyler Mellick and Cody Arndtson won 6-4, 6-4.

The second doubles team of Craig Nielsen and Austin Houska won 6-4, 6-1.

The third doubles team of Steve Roach and Alex Zuzek won, too, 5-7, 7-5, 7-5.

The team section tournament began Thursday for Hastings.

Vs. White Bear Lake

Hastings swept the three doubles spots in the 6-1 win over White Bear Lake.

Tyler Mellick and Arndtson won at first doubles, 6-0, 6-1.

Nielsen and Houska won at the second spot, 6-2, 6-3.

Roach and Zuzek won at third doubles, 6-3, 6-3.

In singles play, Carlson won again, 6-3, 6-1.

Sneddeker lost a close match at second singles, 6-4, 6-4.

Zach Mellick won at third singles, 2-6, 7-6, (11-9).

Klimek won at the fourth spot, 6-2, 6-3.

Chad Richardson

Chad Richardson is the news director for RiverTown Multimedia. He was the publisher of four RiverTown publications until 2016, when he was named news director. He was previously general manager of the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages from 2000 to 2007. He worked at the Hastings Star Gazette from 1996 to 2000 as a photographer and reporter. He also worked as a photographer and writer at the Pope County Tribune in Glenwood.

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