Tennis: Elks trip Centennial 6-1, showdown with Maple Grove next

Elk River heads into its most intriguing conference match in several years after rolling past Centennial 6-1 on Tuesday in Circle Pines.

The Elks, who’ve won 78 straight Northwest Suburban matches, face Maple Grove on the Crimson’s courts on Thursday. The Elks conference win streak includes seven against Maple Grove, but the Crimson won their last meeting, 4-3 in the state third-place match last year. Both teams returned most of their lineups.

Maple Grove is ranked No. 2 in Class 2A and the Elks (21-2) are No. 4. The Crimson have 4-3 win over No. 3 Mounds View, which beat the Elks 4-3.

“This sets the stage for the match with Maple Grove,” said Elk coach Randy Ronning. “The weather forecast for (Thursday) is not favorable, so we will have to see what happens.”
Centennial loaded up its doubles lineup, giving the Elks three competitive matches there and winning at No. 1 in a third-set tiebreaker 10-8.

Elk River 6, Centennial 1
(1) Sam Gearou, ER, def Bridger Hagen 6-0, 6-0
(2) Josh Gearou, ER, def Zach Knudsen 6-0, 6-0
(3) Nathan Chanthamontry, ER, def Nathan Claypool 6-2, 6-4
(4) Tyler Creelman, ER, def Yee Sin 6-3, 6-0

(1) Nick Knudsen-Peter Kelly, Cen, def Noah Steichen-Jordan Haack 4-6, 7-6, 10-8
(2) Logann Burns-Zeke Delain, ER, def Ryan Kvamme-Nate Johnson 7-5, 6-1
(3) Joe Wetherille-Nick Tran, ER, def Chris Hareland-Eric Swenson 6-3, 6-3