Sun, Nov. 17

Mingus team and doubles wins 1st round at State
4A II State Boys tennis Tournament

VVN/J. Pelletier
(Left) Paul Paradise and (right) Alex Lineberry battle an opponent during a doubles match this season.

VVN/J. Pelletier (Left) Paul Paradise and (right) Alex Lineberry battle an opponent during a doubles match this season.

COTTONWOOD -- The Mingus Boys Tennis team beat Queen Creek in the first round of Team State competition on Tuesday. The visiting No. 11 Queen Creek Bulldogs were no match for the No. 6 ranked Marauders. Mingus won every match, convincingly.

Doubles started off well for Mingus with a solid 3-0 sweep. Alex Lineberry and Houston Sauer teamed up for a fast 8-0 win as Paul Paradise and Tanner Walz followed with an 8-3 victory. Bobby Lee and Andrew Hickey finished off the doubles with a strong 8-2 win.

Singles weren't any easier for Queen Creek. Mingus won every match in straight sets. Lineberry won at the number one position with a very impressive 6-0, 6-0 win. Paradise, Lee, Walz, Sauer and Hickey all followed with dominating play.

The team played well and outsmarted their opponents. The boys have been working at making fewer errors while being more patient and playing better points. Serving was especially effective as the Marauders crushed a team who went 7-5 during the season.

Mingus competed in the Individual State Competition on Friday, May 1-2 at the Paseo Racquet Club in Phoenix. Three players qualified.

Lineberry and Paradise are ranked No. 4 in doubles and defeated the team from Douglas in the first round, 6-2, 6-0. In the second round, the Marauders dominated the No. 5 team from Dysart, 6-0, 6-0. The duo made it to the second day of competition and the semifinals. In the semis, Lineberry and Paradise faced off against the No. 1 team from Catalina.

Bobby Lee will played No. 5 ranked Corey Wilson from Page. The two met in the finals of the Grand Canyon Region Tournament last weekend. This time Wilson got the best of Lee, 5-7, 7-5, 6-2 to knock Lee out of the State Tournament.

Next round for the State team competition for Mingus is May 5 in Tucson. The Marauders travel to Palo Verde for the quarter-finals of Team State play. Palo Verde is ranked No. 3 and has two of the top players in the state. It may be the toughest match for Mingus so far this year.

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