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BOYS TENNIS: Roughriders defeat West Fargo 5-0 in championship match

Andre Caoili of Grand Forks Red River makes a return to the West Fargo team of Brendan Walker and Michael Holland in the doubles match during the North Dakota East Region boys' tennis tournament Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, in Fargo. Caoili's partner was Jake Kuhlman.Dave Wallis / The Forum

FARGO - The streak of consecutive North Dakota East Region boys tennis team dual championships won by Grand Forks Red River now stands at 18.

The Roughriders defeated West Fargo 5-0 during the championship match on Thursday at Courts Plus.

"I thought everyone stepped up and played a really good final match," Grand Forks Red River head coach Greg LaDouceur said.

Red River (11-0) advanced to the championship with 5-0 wins over Valley City and Grand Forks Central in the quarterfinals and semifinals, respectively.

Red River junior No. 1 singles player Greg Wischer defeated West Fargo's Brady Ballweber 6-2, 6-4.

Defending state individual singles champion Joey Anderson defeated North Knewtson 6-1, 6-0.

The Roughriders' top doubles combo of senior Andre Caoili and freshman Jake Kuhlman defeated West Fargo's Brendan Walker and Michael Holland 6-3, 6-0. Caoili and Kuhlman won the state doubles championship last year.

"It went smoothly," Caoili said. "We had a few bumps along the way, but we got through them all."

West Fargo advanced to its first East Region team dual final with a 4-1 win over Fargo Davies in the quarterfinals and a 5-0 win over Fargo South in the semifinals.

"We have been close many times," West Fargo head coach Chad Anderson said. "This year we finally got over the hump with a big win over Fargo South. I was really proud of how the guys played."

Ballweber defeated Davies' No. 1 player Marcus Osman 6-3, 6-4 followed by a 6-3, 2-6, 6-1 decision against South's Davis Lawley.

Red River and West Fargo automatically qualified for next week's state tournament in Fargo.

"They were not afraid," Anderson said of the Packers playing 15-time defending state champion Red River. "They didn't back down and they made Red River work for every point. Tennis scores are sometimes misleading. We did get beat 5-0, but we were in so many games of that match."

Fargo South and Grand Forks Central also qualified for the state tournament on Thursday. The Bruins defeated Fargo Shanley 3-2 and the Knights defeated Fargo Davies 3-2 in state-qualifying matches.

Red River's lineup remained unchanged until the final.

No. 3 singles player Andrew Godon was held out of the lineup as a precaution with tight muscles. Mitch Kuhlman slid into Godon's spot and defeated West Fargo's Keyan Farahmand 2-6, 6-2, 6-2.

The individual singles and doubles tournaments begin today and run through Saturday.

If you go

Up next: East Region boys individual singles and doubles tournament, today and Saturday

Where: Courts Plus, Elephant Park, Discovery Middle School, and Island Park