PREP TENNIS: EGF has boys player in semifinals for the first time in a decade
MINNEAPOLIS — For the first time in a decade, East Grand Forks Senior High has a boys tennis player in the semifinals of the state singles tournament.
Green Wave senior Ty Misialek won back-to-back matches in a hot and muggy Reed-Sweatt Family Tennis Center on Thursday to advance to the final four of the Minnesota state Class A singles tournament.
Misialek, the Section 8A champion, beat Duluth Marshall’s Jack Dodd 6-0, 6-2 in the first round, then beat Breck’s Lewis White 6-1, 7-5 in the quarterfinals.
Misialek will take on Mound Westonka senior Arend Turner at 8 a.m. today in the semifinals.
If he wins that, he is guaranteed to at least tie the best-ever finish by a Green Wave player. In 2004, Adam Altepeter finished second in the state singles tournament.
“He’s really excited about getting to the semifinals,” Senior High coach Terry Paukert said. “It’s going to get real tough from here. But he’s excited that he’s going to get the opportunity to play some of these boys.”
Misialek got off to a fast start in his first match Thursday, handling Dodd in straight sets.
“That first match, he played extremely well,” Paukert said. “He served well and pretty much everything went his way in the first set. In the second set, his opponent made a push, but Ty was able to overcome that push.”
In the quarterfinals, Misialek won the first set 6-1 but fell behind 5-3 in the second set. Then, the senior right-hander ran off four straight games to win the match in straight sets.
“He wasn’t serving as well in that match,” Paukert said. “His opponent was a baseliner and Ty had to grind out a lot more points.”
Altepeter’s runner-up finish in 2004 and Chris McDonald’s third-place finish in 1997 are the top two state singles places by a Green Wave player.
Misialek will aim to join that group today.
“It really doesn’t matter who he plays,” Paukert said. “He’s going to have to play a top player.”