Senior Kelson Lund and sophomore Marty Anderson played No. 1 and 2 singles for St. Peter boys tennis team during the regular season, but they teamed up in the Section 2A doubles tournament.
The move paid off as Lund-Anderson qualified for state by finishing second in the section Thursday at Breck High School in Minneapolis.
The strategy also worked in the past for St. Peter duos to qualify for state including Liam Dixon-Bailey More in 2019 and Rafat Solaiman-Drew Elofson in 2017.
Seeded No. 2, Lund-Anderson defeated No. 3 seeded Matt Berestka-John Gorman of Breck 6-3. 6-0 in the semifinals.
No. 1 seeded Ishan Nadkarni-Zach Piehl of Breck defeated Lund-Anderson in the finals 6-1, 6-1, but both doubles teams qualify for state Thursday at St. Cloud Tech High School.
“Marty and Kelson played well in Section 2A,” St. Peter head coach Aaron Rothenberger said. “They got a bye in the first round as the No. 2 seed.
“They played an aggressive style of tennis with a serve and volley and getting two players up to the net on their returns from their opponents’ serves.
“Kelson’s strength is his groundstrokes and control with his shots. Marty’s strengths are his serve and power on his strokes. Both place their volleys well at the net.
“They will need to quicken up their reflexes at the net, lessen their double faults and work on depth with their shots. We look forward to the difficult competition at state and hope to advance to the next day (Friday, semifinals/finals).”
Unseeded, Lund-Anderson will face unseeded Dylan Hahn-Jack Onkka of Thief River Falls in the first round of state at 10 a.m. Thursday.
The winner meets the winner of No. 3 seeded Jonathan Onigkeit-Frederick Suhler and unseeded Alex Vue-Henry Earl Fisher of Mounds Park Academy in the quarterfinals at 2 p.m.
Nadkarni-Piehl of Breck are seeded No. 1, Liam Lynch- Luka Shaker St. Paul Academy — Summit are seeded No. 2, Alex Draeger-Tyson Michels of Litchfield are seeded No. 5, and Jake Welsh-Luke Schaefer of Totino Grace are seeded No. 5.