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Two Spartan doubles teams both earn spots at State tournament after facing each other in section finals
Posted 05/25/2017 01:05PM

The doubles teams of Ben Konstan '18/Rahul Dev '18 and Jeffrey Huang '19/Duke Nguyen '18 have both earned spots at the individual State tennis tournament.

Both teams powered through the competition in the Section 4A tournament, held this week at SPA. Jeffrey and Duke, who were seeded #1 in the section, beat the team from St. Paul Humboldt 6-1, 6-2 and a team from Holy Angels 6-3, 6-0 to get to the section semifinal against Minnehaha Academy. The boys played hard-fought semifinal match against the Minnehaha team, eventually taking match 6-4, 7-6 to get to the sectional final.

Meanwhile, the #3 ranked team of Ben and Rahul faced Holy Angels to start section play, winning that match 6-3, 6-2, and then beating Minneapolis Roosevelt 6-0, 6-2 to go to the semifinal match. Although the team from Red Wing put up a fight, the Spartans took the match 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 to go to the finals against their teammates. It was an all-Spartan section final, ultimately won by Jeff and Duke 6-3, 6-3, but both teams will now go on to the State tournament.

The State tournament for individual play takes place June 8-9 at the Reed-Sweatt Family Tennis Center. The SPA team also qualified for the State tournament in team competition, which will take place June 6-7. Congratulations to all our tennis players and go Spartans!

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