The No. 6 seeded St. Peter boys tennis team (7-10) opened the Section 2A playoffs with a 4-3 quarterfinal victory over No. 3 seeded Providence Academy (4-9) on Monday in Plymouth.
The No. 1 doubles team of Will Elias and Cooper Dean won a key three-set match 3-6, 6-3, 6-1.
The Saints won their other three matches in straights sets in singles with Kelson Lund at No. 1, Marty Anderson at No. 2 and Colton Abels at No. 3.
St. Peter advance to the semifinals to face No. 2 seeded Southwest Christian (10-3) at 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 26 in Chaska. SWC shut out No. 7 Holy Family (2-12) in the quarterfinals 7-0 and did the same to St. Peter in the season opener.
“I’m happy for all of players,” St. Peter coach Aaron Rothenberger said. “We have come a long ways from the struggles in the early part of this season. We will see how far we have progressed since our last match against SW Christian which was the first match of the season on April 6.”
No. 1 seeded Breck (9-4 and ranked No. 1 in the state) had a first-round bye and hosts No. 5 Academy of Holy Angels (5-8) in the other semifinal. Holy Angels upset No. 4 De LaSalle (5-5) in the quarterfinals 5-2.
Mound Westonka 7, St. Peter 0
No. 5 Class A state-ranked Mound Westonka shut out visiting St. Peter 7-0 in the Saints final regular season boys tennis match Thursday.
No. 2 singles player Marty Anderson came the closest to winning for the Saints, falling in a 10-point tiebreaker 2-6, 6-4, (10-6).