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Tennis doubles team qualifies for State

By Staff | Jun 2, 2008

Matt Purvis, at left, and Logan Becker are shown in tennis action above, and posing with their rackets, below. The two teamed up to place second in doubles at the sections and advance to the State Tournament.

Two Blue Earth Area tennis team members are headed to the State Tournament.

The Bucs doubles team of Logan Becker and Matt Purvis took second at the Section Tournament and will advance to State.

The pair were the No. 1 seed in the Section tourney. That gave them a bye in the first round on Friday, May 23.

They won their match in the second round held that same day by defeating a doubles team from Holy Family Catholic.

That win put them into the semi-finals on Tuesday. In their first match of the day, they defeated the Fairmont doubles team of Reid Rosen and Paul Miller. The scores were 7-5, 6-4.

The Buccaneer pair had been up 4-1 in the second set and had to battle it out for the eventual win.

In the championship match, the opposite happened. Becker and Purvis had to try and battle back against Tim Menden and Matt Maki of Holy Family Catholic. Eventually the Buc duo lost by the same scores that they had defeated the Fairmont pair by; 7-5, 6-4.

Menden and Maki, who had been the No. 2 seed, got the gold medals, and Becker and Purvis the silver. Both of the top two teams advance to state.

The State Tournament is on June 5 and 6. The Class A site is at the Reed-Sweatt Family Tennis Center in Minneapolis this year, not in Burnsville. Becker and Purvis are scheduled to start at 10 a.m. Win or lose, they will have another match that day.

If they win the second round match, they will continue play on Friday.

Becker has been to the State once before, as a singles player. Both said they are happy to be going to State, and hope to do well.

Several other Buc team members also saw action at the Section Tournament.

The doubles team of Drake Nimz and Dalton Moore lost to the eventual 4th place doubles team of Ryan Doll and Charlie Kolstad of St. James. The scores were 7-5, 6-2.

Garrett Passer won in a three set thriller to a St. James player, before losing to the eventual 4th place winner from Mound-Westonka.

Riley Holmseth won his first match 6-1, 6-3 over a Fairmont opponent but then was defeated by state tournament bound, and 2nd place winner, Ryan Doll of St. James. That score was 6-1, 6-1.