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Defending state champs bow out to Edina

No. 3 ranked Spartans fall in quarterfinals

Post-Bulletin staff

MINNEAPOLIS — Experience won out Tuesday afternoon in the state Class AA state boys tennis tournament at the University of Minnesota’s Baseline Tennis Center.

At least it did in the showdown quarterfinal dual between No. 3 ranked Rochester Mayo and No. 2 ranked Edina. Mayo, despite being the defending state champion, didn’t match the Hornets in overall tennis experience Tuesday. It showed, with Edina dropping Mayo 6-1 for the second time this season.

Mayo coach Jeff Demaray did some serious tracking when researching Edina. By his count, the top 10 players on Edina’s team took part in an average of 10 USTA tournament apiece from the end of last high school season to the beginning of this one.

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And that, he said, was all the difference.

"No team in the state of Minnesota worked harder this (high school) offseason than the Edina boys," Demaray said. "Because of that, they have improved tremendously. Edina is a tremendous team, and they really deserved the chance to play in the semifinals. They won this match in the offseason."

Mayo’s only win came at No. 1 doubles, where Demaray said his combination of Will Tremaine and Max Edwards played "flawlessly." Tremaine/Edwards won 6-1, 6-4.

Mayo blasted Duluth East 6-1 in the consolation round.

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