Magi tennis defeats Williston, 4-3

Minot eighth grader Hunter Rice serves the ball during a high school singles match against Williston Tuesday at Hammond Park. Ashton Gerard/MDN

Minot High boys tennis served up their fourth non-conference win Tuesday against Williston at Hammond Park in Minot. The 4-3 win was highlighted by a dominant doubles crew and a fresh face in singles.

“We were happy to pull out a 4-3 non conference win over Williston,” Minot High head coach Scott DeLorme said. “It was great to see our kids in a close match as it gave us a great chance to see or players and see what we need to work on. We know it’s early so we’re just continually putting a focus on things we can improve in the short term.”

At No. 1 doubles, senior duo Peyton Huss and Mason Diehl cruised through Williston’s Jake Donner and LJ Smith in their first set. The second set came down to a tiebreaker for the Magi to earn the straight set win.

“Ridge Jaeger and Eric Wentz pulled out a straight set win at No. 2 doubles and they continue to have a nice start to the year,” DeLorme said.

Minot’s Zach Renaud and Sam Kossen had a convincing straight set win at No. 3 doubles over Williston’s Thadeous Moore and Karter Mack.

Eighth-grader Hunter Rice earned the team’s fourth win at No. 4 singles to secure the victory with a straight set win.

The Magicians (4-0, 0-0 WDA) return to the courts Thursday to face Bismarck High (0-1, 0-0 WDA) in their first conference game of the season. The action begins at 4:15 p.m. at Hammond Park in Minot.