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Miners roll to victory in Kingsford Invitational tennis tourney

May 13, 2012
By Journal Sports Staff , The Mining Journal

KINGSFORD - Winning all seven flights it placed in the finals, the Negaunee High School tennis team captured the Kingsford Invitational on Saturday.

Coach Kyle Saari's Miners posted 23 points to outdistance runner-up Kingsford, which totaled 15. West Iron Co. (11), Westwood (10), Menominee (8) and Iron Mountain (5) followed.

"We knew with the format of the tournament, Kingsford would push us," Saari said. "We both had seven in the finals and all seven of ours came through with first-place finishes.

"Any time you win a tournament title, it's good for your program. This was good preparation for the U.P. finals."

David Terzaghi won No. 1 singles over Kingsford's Caleb Harrington, 6-3, 6-2.

Cody Tossava at No. 2, Kevin Price at No. 3 and Rob Sertich at No. 4 also claimed singles titles for the Miners.

Nick Kill and Lucas Christianson took the No. 1 doubles match, 6-1, 6-3, over the Flivvers' Adam Wienke-Dalton Allen.

Austin Rice and Ryan Syrjala at No. 2, and Cody McGrath and Josh Lyle at No. 3, also prevailed in doubles.

Price, Sertich, and Rice and Syrjala, all won in three sets.

"We talk so much about mental toughness in those kind of matches," Saari said. "It was nice to see that (in the wins)."



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