PREP TENNIS: Green Wave player reaches Minnesota state Class A singles championship
Ty Misialek stepped on the tennis court Friday morning without any idea of what to expect from his opponent.
“Not at all,” he said. “I never saw him play.”
Misialek did just fine.
He knocked off Mound Westonka senior Arend Turner 6-4, 7-5 to reach the Minnesota state Class A singles championship, and in turn, tie the highest finish ever by a Green Wave player in the state singles tournament.
Misialek dropped the final 6-1, 6-0 to defending state champion Charlie Adams of The Blake School, but the Green Wave senior was able to leave the Reed-Sweatt Family Tennis Center with a spot in school history.
The only other Senior High player to reach the singles final was Adam Altepeter, who finished runner-up 10 years ago. Altepeter went on to play at the University of Minnesota.
The next highest finish was third place by Chris McDonald in 1997. McDonald went on to play at the University of Wisconsin.
“To be honest, that’s the best that I could have asked for,” said Misialek, who will play college tennis at UND. “Charlie Adams was there and he’s really good. Taking second is an amazing accomplishment. I’m really happy about it.”
Misialek, the Section 8A champ, reached the championship by winning three matches in straight sets.
He topped Duluth Marshall’s Jack Dodd 6-0, 6-2 in the first round, then beat Breck School’s Lewis White 6-1, 7-5 in the quarterfinals Thursday.
On Friday morning, he had a tight match against Turner.
“He and his opponent were playing similar styles — very aggressive,” Senior High coach Terry Paukert said. “They served and volleyed. They played hard ground strokes. It was a really entertaining match. Ty played really well.”
Misialek won the first set 6-4, then raced to a 5-2 lead in the second set. He had a couple of match points on Turner’s serve, but couldn’t finish it out. Then, Turner broke Misialek and held his own serve to even the set at 5-5.
“I was really tight,” Misialek said.
Misialek was able to get a break to go up 6-5, then he closed it out on his serve.
“It was a real good match,” Paukert said. “It was a fun match to watch and a big win for him. Ty got a lot of compliments from people running the tournament.”
In the final, Adams overwhelmed Misialek. Adams, a junior, is listed as a five-star recruit by tennisrecruiting.net and is one of the top 50 players in the nation. He lost only two games in four matches en route to his second straight championship.
“Charlie Adams is definitely the real deal,” Paukert said. “He can do it all. And he did.”
Misialek left the courts happy, too.
“It was a neat experience,” Paukert said.