Magi tennis rolls to another sweep over Mandan

Jimmy Lafakis/MDN Minot High School junior Colby Opp serves the ball during Friday afternoon's match against Mandan at Hammond Park. The Magicians captured a 9-0 victory over the Braves.

The Minot High School boys tennis team served up another 9-0 victory — a fourth straight and fifth total for the season — to keep pace with undefeated Legacy in the race for a regular-season conference title.

The Magi (6-1, 6-1 WDA) blanked Mandan (4-4, 4-4 WDA) on Friday afternoon at Hammond Park in Minot.

“We were very pleased with the effort put forth today from our entire lineup,” MHS head coach Scott DeLorme said. “Mandan is a vastly improved team from a year ago, and I thought our guys did a nice job of mentally preparing and being ready from the very first point.”

Despite the sweep, there weren’t too many quick 6-0 sets to go around. Mandan hung around in most of the matches and made life a little difficult.

“Zach Diehl and Ridge Jaeger set the pace with two quick singles wins for us at No. 1 and No. 3 singles, respectively,” DeLorme said. “The lone three-set match came at No. 2 singles where Zach Renaud is becoming custom to finding his way in a third set, but has great success in them. He’s shown the ability all year to bounce back after dropping a set, and today was no different.”

Grabbing the other single wins were No. 4 Hunter Rice, No. 5 Aidan Diehl and No. 6 Colby Opp.

“In doubles, I thought it might have been the most aggressive effort our guys have put forth so far this year,” DeLorme said. “It showed in three straight set wins to secure the 9-0 win.”

Minot returns to the court on Monday, Sept. 14, with a road contest against Bismarck Century. The Magi swept the Patriots 9-0 when the two teams met on Aug. 27 in Minot.

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