The Magic tennis team was able to sneak outside for two competitive events last weekend, and they took advantage of them. The Magic picked up a conference win, before winning two out of three at an invite on Saturday, improving their overall record to 4-5.
The weekend started with a Friday afternoon match against Buffalo, a team that beat the Magic last year and returned a good group of players, according to Magic Coach Jeff Bordwell.
This year, the Magic returned the favor, winning 4-3 thanks to three third-set victories.
The Magic got wins in the decisive third set from No. 4 singles player Dylan Fyle (6-7, 6-4, 6-2), as well as the first and third doubles teams. Cole Guimont and Chase Olson won 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 at No. 1 singles, while Derrick Stoffer and Mitchell Hayes won 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 at No. 3 singles. Monticello’s fourth and final victory came at No. 1 singles, where Erik Hammill picked up a straight set win, 7-5, 6-1.
All tolled, it amounted to an important conference victory for the Magic.
“I think Buffalo is a big win for us,” said Bordwell. “They handled us pretty well last year.”
Saturday, Monticello headed to St. Cloud for a four-team, round-robin tournament.
Conditions weren’t ideal, with temperatures in the upper 30s as the day got underway, but the Magic made the best of it.
Monticello picked up two victories, topping Anoka and Detroit Lakes, while losing a close one to St. Cloud Cathedral.
“I felt good about it,” said Bordwell. “We played fairly well.”
The one match that didn’t go the way of the Magic, very easily could have. Cathedral topped Monticello 4-3, with the Magic dropping one doubles match in a third set tiebreak, while the second doubles team lost in two sets, with both sets going to a tiebreaker.
“We had our chances,” said Bordwell.
The three spots where the Magic did get wins were at No. 1 singles with Hammill (6-1, 6-3), Fyle (6-0, 6-0) at No. 4 singles and the No. 3 doubles team of Stoffer and Hayes (6-3, 6-1).
With a couple of players out of the lineup for the final two matches, the Magic had to mix some things up in singles. They did so successfully. Against Detroit Lakes, Monticello won three out of four singles matches on their way to a 4-3 win. Stoffer and Hayes continued their perfect weekend at No. 4 doubles, while Hammill picked up another victory at No. 1 singles. Monticello’s other two victories came from Levi Biasco who won in two sets at No. 3 singles and Fyle, who was bumped up to No. 2 singles, where he won 6-3, 6-1.
Fyle, who is just a freshman, has been a huge addition to the Magic lineup this year, going 8-1 early in the season.
“[Dylan] is always at the courts,” said Bordwell. “We knew he was going to vie for a varsity spot. It’s nice to see him playing so well.”
Also playing well for the Magic are Stoffer and Hayes, who picked up another win in Monticello’s 4-3 win over Anoka. Also picking up victories for the Magic were No. 2 through No. 4 singles players, Fyle, Biasco and Charlie Phillips.
Hammill dropped his match against Anoka, but went 3-1 over the course of the weekend and Bordwell said the senior has been a key leader at the top spot.
“He’s going to face the best players [every match],” said Bordwell. “That’s really tough. He’s done a really nice job to handle it.”
After the busy weekend, another rainy week has slowed down the Magic, who are unsure of when they’ll be outside next. But Bordwell said they’re doing whatever they can to get better, and trying to approach it with positivity.
“We’re making the best of it,” he said.
Monticello’s next scheduled match is today (Thursday, May 1) at Chisago Lakes at 4:15 p.m., weather permitting.
The next scheduled home match for the Magic is next Tuesday, against Big Lake, also at 4:15 p.m.
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