Mounds View putting two streaks on the line at state tournament

Mounds View’s boys tennis team has much to play for this week at the Class AA state tournament. The Mustangs head into Tuesday’s team competition as the two-time defending state champion, riding a 65-match winning streak. An end to one streak also ends the other.

Rochester Mayo is Mounds View’s opening-round opponent, a switch from the past couple of years. The Spartans and Mustangs have met in the state final the past two seasons, and they also faced each other in the consolation semifinals in 2003.

If Mounds View can beat Mayo, it would meet either Grand Rapids or Edina in the semifinals. A second-round match-up against the Hornets would be the third meeting of the season between the two teams.

Battling it out on the other side of the bracket are Minneapolis South, Elk River, Eden Prairie and Henry Sibley.

Once the team competition is done, the state singles and doubles tournaments take center stage, and Mounds View has an entry in each draw. Seventh-grader Wyatt McCoy won the Section 4AA singles title and is the youngest player in the Class AA singles competition. Of the other 15 competitors, there is one freshman and the rest are sophomores or older.

Senior David Torres and partner Tyler Rice, a junior, will vie for the state doubles title. They come into the tournament after winning the section doubles crown and look to give Mounds View a second consecutive state doubles title. Julian Tokarev and Nick Crnkovich won the doubles championship last year for the Mustangs.

State tournament action kicks off Tuesday with the team quarterfinals. The team finals are Wednesday and the singles and doubles tournaments run Thursday and Friday.

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