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Boys’ Tennis: Raiders fall in section semis to Eastview

Junior James Scharr races to get to a shot at No. 4 singles. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia1 / 4
Head coach Mick Willette congratulates senior Grant Hollar on his singles win against the Royals to help the Raiders sweep Woodbury. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 4
Senior Brandon Kurilla gets ready to deliver a hard backhand during his No. 3 singles win against Woodbury. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia3 / 4
John Rupp mans the net during his doubles match against Woodbury. Rupp will play singles for individual sections. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia4 / 4

The Hastings Raiders boys' tennis team fell to No. 2-seeded Eastview Lightning 4-3 in the section semifinals Monday evening, ending their team season. The Raiders swept No. 6 seed Woodbury in the quarterfinals last Thursday .


Hastings breezed through their Section 3AA quarterfinal match against Woodbury to advance to the semifinals. The No. 3-seeded Raiders swept No. 6 Woodbury, 7-0, Thursday, May 17, at Hastings High School despite an extended delay because of players arriving late due to AP testing.

Sophomore Colby Zak beat senior Corbin Johnson 6-3, 6-0 in No. 1 singles while senior Grant Hollar cruised over freshman Basani Ronak 6-2, 6-2 at No. 2 singles. Hard-hitting senior Brandon Kurilla prevailed in No. 3 singles over eighth-grader Bogdan Vizoli 6-3, 6-1 and junior James Scharr took No. 4 singles against sophomore Aman Koul 6-2, 6-2. Senior Decker Whyle won an exhibition singles match 6-0, 6-0 over junior Ethan Wu.

At No. 1 doubles, senior Joe Zak and junior Carson Konrady did not give up a game and won 6-0, 6-0 over senior Zachary Haugstad and freshman Sanketh Kodimala. Senior John Rupp and junior Matt Schlottman had a tight match at No. 2 doubles against seventh-grader Dylan Pham and junior Riley Schwartzhoff 6-7(6-8), 6-3, 6-3. The team of juniors Eric Howd and Brian Nielsen grabbed No. 3 doubles 6-2, 6-2. Seniors Sam Poncelet and Beau Peine won an exhibition doubles match against juniors Johnny Rajan and Sam Luchsinger.


Head coach Mick Willette said his team had a good chance Monday as Eastview was missing their best player. However, they just were not able to grab all the doubles and eventually fell 4-3.

Sophomore Colby Zak lost in No. 1 singles 6-1, 6-1 and senior Grant Hollar was swept at No. 2 singles 6-0, 6-0. Fellow senior Brandon Kurilla also lost 6-0, 6-0, while junior James Scharr managed Hastings' lone singles win at No. 4 singles 6-1, 6-0.

The Raiders needed a sweep at doubles but fell just short. Senior Joe Zak and junior Carson Konrady won at No. 1 doubles 6-4, 6-2, while senior John Rupp and junior Eric Howds won 6-2, 6-2 at No. 2 doubles. The match came down to No. 3 doubles, juniors Matt Schlottman and Brian Nielsen, who were just a couple of tiebreaker points away from extending the match. They fell 6-4, 7-6(4).

The Raiders will now move on to the individual section tournament, which will be held Friday, May 25, at Lifetime Fitness in Lakeville. Rupp and Kurilla will represent Hastings in the singles competition, while brothers Colby and Joe Zak will team up for doubles along with Konrady and Hollar.

Alec Hamilton

Alec Hamilton is a RiverTown Multimedia sports reporter covering Hastings, Farmington and Rosemount athletics. He graduated from Drake University with a journalism degree in 2014. 

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