The Mankato Free Press
---- — MANKATO — Mankato East won two of three doubles matches Thursday on the way to a 5-2 victory over Willmar in the first round of the Section 2AA, Southern Division team tennis tournament at the East courts.
Griffin Bibbs and Brendan Loayza were 6-1, 6-7 (5-7), 6-2 winners at first doubles while Brandon Sloniker and Josh Ouyang won 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 at third doubles.
In singles action, Mason Bultje (No. 1) and Dominic Cannella (No. 2) were easy straight-set winners. Teammate Chris Liu had to go three sets before winning 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 at third singles.
The Cougars will host a Southern Division semifinal on Tuesday.
Hutchinson 5, West 2: The Tigers ended Mankato West’s dual-meet season with a 5-2 win in the opening round of the Section 2AA, Southern Division team tournament at the West courts.
West’s only two wins came from its top two singles spots. Bill Leitch was a 7-5, 6-1 winner at first singles and Dan Berry was a 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 winner at second singles.
The No. 2 West doubles team of Kyle Sandmann and Calvin Miller went to three sets before losing 6-1, 1-6, 7-6.
Luverne 7, BEA 0: Luverne won every match in straight sets to down Blue Earth Area in a nonconfrence meet at home.
The Bucs best effort came at first doubles where Scott Nelson and Blake Ziegler lost 6-3, 6-2.