With five new varsity players, Coon Rapids has plenty of experience to gain after the weather kept teams off the outside courts for much of April.
Coon Rapids visited Anoka April 25 as teams resumed what’s been a chaotic spring so far. The Cardinals nearly swept the match, 6-1 to improve to 3-2 overall. Anoka dropped to 1-2 overall after starting the season with a 5-2 win against Rogers April 8.
Cardinals find success
Coon Rapids opened the 2013 season with a narrow 4-3 win against North St. Paul April 3 on the home courts outside Coon Rapids High School.
Top singles player Bobby Yang started things off on the right note with a close 7-6, 6-4 win. He came back from down 0-3 in the second set to close out the match.
Fourth singles player Steven Yang won his first varsity match 7-6, 6-2.
Kendall Setts overcame a 5-7 first set loss at second singles to win the second set 6-4 and a third-set tie-breaker 10-3 for the win.
North St. Paul swept the three doubles matches which were very close. The top doubles team of Dan Jaeck and Steven Muggenburg lost 6-4, 7-6 and the second doubles duo of Larsen Kronstad and Hov Vu dropped a heartbreaking tie-breaker in the third set 11-9 after winning the second set 6-1. They opened with a 7-5 first-set loss.
Kronstad and Vu dropped their next match against sixth-ranked (Class A) Foley in three sets before turning in their first win of the season in the form of a 6-3, 6-2 score against Rogers to help the team win 5-2.
Foley offered a good early season test to see where the Cardinals stood among some top-notch competition.
Fourth-singles player Steven Yang was the lone winner for the Cardinals by a score of 6-3, 1-6, 10-7. He improved to 3-0 with a 7-6, 6-0 win against Rogers.
Defending Class AA state champion Elk River swept the Cardinals 7-0 and Steven Yang won just one point in the straight sets loss.
Coach Scott Storrick wrote on the team’s website that the top doubles match was fun to watch. Jaeck and Muggenberg lost in straight sets, but they managed to win three points in each set or six points in the entire match. The rest of the team collected four points across six matches.