Young talent gives Hornets bright future
After taking sixth place in the State Class AA Team Tournament last week the Edina High boys tennis team has a solid foundation for 2018.
The Hornets will return all four of their starters in singles – John Webb, Ryne Reger, Luke Westholder and Otto Schreiner – plus doubles regulars Harrison Tuttle, Ryan Schenck, Carl Weigel and Chen Chen.
If those players hold serve, that gives Hornet head coach Gary Aasen only two varsity spots to fill next season.
In three state tournament matches at Baseline Tennis Center, Edina had two 4-3 losses and a 6-1 win.
Edina had a tough draw in the opener, losing to Mounds View 4-3.
Schreiner, a seventh-grader, was Edina’s only singles winner, 6-1, 6-1, at No. 4.
Edina won two long doubles matches. Weigel and Brandon Schenck prevailed 7-6 (12-10), 7-5 at No. 2 and Chen Chen and Ryan Schenck won 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 at No. 3.
“We had a little bit of a slow start against Mounds View, but we got back on track and had a chance to win the match,” said Edina head coach Gary Aasen. “It was up for grabs at the end.”
In the consolation semifinals, Edina played more relaxed an eliminated St. Cloud Tech 6-1.
Edina took all four singles matches with Webb winning 6-4, 6-1, Reger winning 7-5, 6-2, Westholder winning 6-0, 6-2 and Schreiner winning 6-2, 6-0.
Tuttle and Noah Shane won their first doubles match 7-6 (7-5), 6-4, while Brandon Schenck and Weigel won 6-1, 6-1 at No. 2.
“Once we got going, we put the hammer down,” said Aasen.
The Hornets’ consolation championship match with Rochester Mayo was a tug-of-war between Edina’s singles and Mayo’s doubles.
Mayo benefitted from a doubles sweep and also won at first singles with Sebastian Vile topping Webb, 6-2, 6-3.
Posting singles wins for the Hornets were Reger (7-5, 6-2), Westholder (6-2, 6-2) and Schreiner (7-5, 6-3, 10-6.
“That match didn’t look like a consolation match,” said Aasen. “It was more like a state semifinal match.
“There were a lot of good teams at state this year, and a lot of it was, who’s playing well that day.”
Looking to the future, Aasen expects big things from his younger players – ninth-graders Reger and Ryan Schenck, eighth-grader Westholder and seventh-grader Schreiner.
“They’ve played so well, you almost forget how young they are,” Aasen observed. “Otto [Schreiner] had the best record in the varsity, 21-5, and Luke [Westholder] was 18-7.”
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