Mingus topples Notre Dame's top players
Mingus Union boys tennis
The Mingus Union boys tennis team traveled to Scottsdale on March 12 to play last year's State Champions in doubles and team competition. Notre Dame is also this year's preseason favorite to repeat at both.
Mingus did not hold back as Alex Lineberry and Houston Sauer combined to sweep the top two prizes. Lineberry and Sauer teamed up to topple the top Notre Dame duo in doubles by an incredible 8-2 slashing.
In other action Paul Paradise and Tanner Walz and the team of Bobby Lee and Andrew Hickey played tough doubles matches but fell short.
Lineberry and Sauer took control of the match early and never looked back, frustrating Notre Dame's doubles team, which included last year's State Champion, Ben Slawsby. It was a strong victory against one of the best teams in the state. Lineberry and Sauer remain undefeated in doubles play at 5-0 for the season.
In singles play, Lineberry took on Notre Dame's No. 1 player in the match of the day. The two top players battled it out in front of a rather quiet crowd. Lineberry, who has yet to drop a game in singles, sports a current 32-0 record. Notre Dame's No. 1 worked hard to break Lineberry's incredible streak but fell short in an impressive 6-0, 6-0 match.
In other singles matches, Paul Paradise lost 6-7, 6-7 in two thrilling tie-breakers. Notre Dame's winning point came in a fortunate net cord, which dropped on Paul's side of the net. Tanner Walz lost in a great second set comeback 5-7.
Experience was a big factor as the other Marauders fell short in hard fought matches. The new varsity players have some ground to make up if they intend to join in the winner's circle. Hopefully, a few more matches will give them the confidence they need to win against the better teams.
Alex Lineberry gained the respect of the fans, both Mingus and Notre Dame as he overpowered his opponent with commanding shots and incredible winners. He was only in serious trouble in one game when Notre Dame's No. 1 had three chances to win a game and break Lineberry's streak. However, Lineberry showed he does not go away easily. Battling back from 0-40 he played his best when it counted to increase his win streak to an unbelievable 46-0.
Next up for the Marauders was a match in Phoenix against Peoria on Tuesday and then a home match against Moon Valley on Friday at 3:30 p.m.