Magi tennis dominates opening tournament

Ashton Gerard/MDN Magi senior Mason Diehl returns a backhand volley during a high school singles match Friday at Hammond Park in Minot.

The Minot High boys tennis team has started off with a bang, going 3-0 in their season-opening tournament Friday at Hammond Park.

The Magi defeated Century (3-2), Mandan (5-0) and Jamestown (4-1) in non conference matches to start the season 3-0.

“It was really nice to be able to play someone other than each other and (it) gave us a chance to see the boys in different spots of the lineup,” Minot High head coach Scott DeLorme said. “The biggest thing we’re trying to get out of Friday and Saturday this week is to see some improvement between the two days.”

DeLorme was impressed by the performances of the newer faces to the varsity squad on Friday.

“Ridge Jaeger, Jack Wolsky, and Eric Wentz haven’t seen a lot of varsity action in their careers but all 3 went 3-0 on the day today,” he said. “We think they’re going to be a huge asset to us all year adding to our depth and they showed that ability today.”

Wolsky and Jaeger teamed up in doubles against Century’s Jared Pitcher and Jaxon Wetzel and won in a golden match, or straight set wins of 6-0.

Wentz faced Century’s Conner Stockery and won in straight sets of 6-0 and 6-1.

“We look forward to continuing getting better Saturday before beginning some conference matches next week,” DeLorme said.

The Magi return to Hammond Park today for the individual portion of the Minot Round Robin beginning at 9 a.m.

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