Tennis: Mayerchak advances to state

Princeton High School tennis player Isaiah Mayerchak will be making his second consecutive appearance in the boys state tennis tournament after finishing second at the section meet Wednesday, May 30, 2012.

Sixteen boys qualified for the state singles tournament, with each of the eight sections having two representatives.

In order to secure his invitation, Mayerchak had to win the first four matches on his side of the tournament draw.

Mayerchak, who entered the section tournament undefeated,  lost 6-2, 6-1 to Forest Lake’s Dusty Boyer in the section championship game. Both players earned a trip to state as the top two players in the Section.

Mayerchak, seeded second in the south behind Boyer, defeated Gus Fedje-Johnston of Grand Rapids in his opening match.

That pitted Mayerchak against the north’s number one seed, familiar nemesis Michael Fontana of Hibbing. In each of the past four years Mayerchak has faced Fontana in the semifinals and each match has been a three to four hour, three-set battle with Mayerchak finally winning each match.

This year was no different.

Fontana played well early to win the first set in a 7-6 tiebreaker. Mayerchak then surged to win the next set 6-2. The deciding third set was very tightly contested, with Mayerchak prevailing to win 6-4 to advance to the finals.

Mayerchak faced three-time state champion Dusty Boyer in the finals. He lost 6-1, 6-2, but played well in securing second place and a berth in the state tournament.

Mayerchak enters the state tournament with a 19-1 record. His only loss came in the section finals to Boyer.

Mayerchak will open state tournament play Thursday, June 7 at the University of Minnesota tennis center.