Tennis: Mayerchak nails down conference title

Isaiah Mayerchak appeared headed for a Granite Ridge Conference title before he ever stepped on the court in Foley Saturday, May 12 at the conference tennis meet.

His 2-0 record at the meet set the conference title in stone.

Mayerchak is now a perfect XX-0 on the season.

Foley had wrapped up the team conference title prior to the conference tournament, but it was Princeton that was the brightest team among the four-school field of Princeton, Mora, Foley and St. Cloud Cathedral.

The Tigers took first in two singles competitions and second place in two others. Tiger teams also swept first place in all three of the doubles fields. The team failed to finish third or fourth in any tennis competition.

In number one singles, Mayerchak finished first, defeating Derek Taylor of Mora 6-0, 6-0 and then Benjamin Hageman of Foley 6-3, 6-2 in the championship game. Josh Norman, playing at number four singles, also took first, defeating Jonathan Chalupsky of Cathedral 6-3, 6-2 and Dalton Werckman of Foley 6-4, 6-2 after dropping the first game 2-6.

At number two singles, it was Thomas Mayerchak taking second place. He defeated Dylan Ammermon of Mora 6-1, 6-4 in the opening match, but fell 3-6, 4-6 to Foley’s Zach Kantor in the championship game. In the number three singles bracket, Jordan Rosevold defeated Cathedral’s Phil Ruegemer 6-1, 6-0 after dropping the opening game 3-6. In the championship match, Foley’s Tom Wittwer defeated Rosevold 0-6, 1-6.

At number one doubles, Noah Bauer and Jack Finck defeated Mora’s duo of Coleman and Richter 6-1, 6-2. In number two doubles Tyler Leverty and Tyler Rohweder bested Mora’s duo of Monson and Manley 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 to win the bracket. At number three doubles Schuyler Volkmuth and Jason Friend topped Mora’s team of Gustav and Coleman 6-4, 6-0 to win the bracket.


Princeton, 4,
St. Francis 3

Princeton traveled to St. Francis Monday to complete a section tennis matchup that began play April 21 and was stopped because of rain with the two teams tied 3-3.

The only match remaining was the number four singles match between Josh Norman and Opa Virtamen. Norman defeated Virtamen 7-5, 6-4 to give the Tigers the win.

And it was a big win. Because the win came against the section opponent, it saved Princeton a trip to Hibbing to play in their tournament in order to complete the section field. Princeton will more than likely be seeded sixth, coach Jon Steinbrecher said, but could be seeded even lower.

Back on April 21 Isaiah Mayerchak, Thomas Mayerchak and Jordan Rosevold all won in singles play. Norman gave the Tigers the sweep. In doubles play, Jack Finck-Noah Bauer, Sam Heggam-Jason Friend and Schuyler Volkmuth-Kennan Hansen all fell to St. Francis.


Big Lake 5,

Princeton 2

Thomas Mayerchak earned Princeton’s only singles win and Jack Finck and Noah Bauer earned the Tigers only doubles win in a 5-2 loss to Big Lake Thursday, May 10 in Big Lake.

Isaiah Mayerchak was out of the lineup and did not play.

Thomas Mayerchak, stepping up into the number one singles spot, defeated Tai Dang 6-0, 6-0. Noah Bauer then moved from doubles to singles play at the number two singles slot where he lost to Trevor Grasston 3-6, 3-6.

Jason Friend also moved up to singles play for the Tigers where he lost 3-6, 4-6 to Kevin Leadham of Big Lake. At number four singles it was Tyler Burch falling 2-6, 0-6 to Brydan Goving.

Finck and Bauer met Cole Grasto and Spencer Mattson in number one doubles action and took a 6-3, 6-2 win. Sam Heggam and Tyler Rohweder lost 2-6, 5-7 and Tyler Leverty and Keenan Hansen lost 2-6, 0-6.


Princeton 4,

Cathedral 3

Princeton defeated Cathedral 4-3 in a meet canceled May 1 because of severe thunderstorms in the St. Cloud area.

Isaiah Mayerchak, Thomas Mayerchak, Jordan Rosevold and Josh Norman all earned wins as the Tigers dominated the singles brackets.

In doubles play, Princeton lost all three matches, with Noah Bauer and Jack Finck, Sam Heggam and Tyler Rohweder and Tyler Leverty and Keenan Hansen all losing to their Crusader counterparts.

Princeton closes its regular season out over the next few days. The boys played at Chisago Lakes Tuesday and play at Monticello tonight. The boys then travel to Buffalo Friday to close out the season.