ST. PETER - Fairmont senior Grant Becker moved two steps closer to qualifying for the Class A individual state tennis meet.
Becker produced back-to-back victories during singles action in Thursday's Section 2A Individual Meet at the Gustavus Adolphus College courts in St. Peter to advance to the bracket's final four.
The No. 3-seeded Becker faces No. 2-seeded Nathan Huber of St. Peter in the singles semifinals at 2 p.m. today back at the Gustavus Adolphus courts in St. Peter.
The hard-hitting Becker opened sectional action by coasting to back-to-back 6-1 set victories over Blue Earth Area's Chandler Kienitz to earn a spot in the quarterfinals. Becker then outlasted No. 6-seeded Taylor Rebstock of Redwood Valley in a three-set clash, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1.
Nathan Huber, who received a first-round bye, gained the semifinals by serving a 6-1, 6-2 quarterfinal loss to Holy Family Catholic's Robbie Bremer, 6-1, 6-2.
In the top half of the singles bracket, No. 1-seeded Luke Moorhead of Mound-Westonka will take on No. 5-seeded Jake Sandefur of Holy Family Catholic in today's other 2 p.m. semifinal.
Moorhead earned a first-round bye before coasting past St. Peter's Noah Adamson in the quarterfinals in back-to-back shutout sets. Sandefur blanked Blue Earth Area's Jaron King in opening-round action before upending No. 4-seeded Connor Olson of St. James in the quarterfinals, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.
Olson opened his day by downing Fairmont's Austin Becker, 6-1, 6-1, to advance to the quarterfinals.
In sectional doubles play, Fairmont's J.T. Viesselman and Andrew Johnson downed St. James' Connor Engel and Cole Skow in opening-round action, 6-2, 7-6 (7-3), to gain the quarterfinals before falling to No. 1-seeded Sam Forbes and Ben Forbes of Holy Family Catholic.
Forbes and Forbes, who netted a first-round bye, downed Viesselman and Andrew Johnson, 6-1, 6-0, to earn a spot in today's semifinals against No. 4-seeded Rudy Lipovetz and Joe Lipovetz of Southwest Christian. The Lipovetzes opened with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Redwood Valley's Shawn Sherman and Max Russell before serving an identical 6-3, 6-1 loss to No. 5-seeded Matt Huber and Nels Kallaus of St. Peter in the quarterfinals.
In the lower half of the doubles bracket, No. 2-seeded Arend Turner and Lucas Valota of Mound-Westonka followed a first-round bye with a 6-2, 6-2 quarterfinal victory over Holy Family Catholic's Zack King and A.J. Spaulding. Turner and Valota will face No. 3-seeded Alex Willson and Ben Gault of St. Peter in today's 2 p.m. semifinal.
Willson and Gault opened with a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Fairmont's Sterlin Johnson and Tyler Head before outslugging St. James' Will Runge and John Foss in the quarterfinals, 6-3, 7-6 (8-6).
Section 2A Individual Boys Tennis Meet
1st Round: Luke Moorhead (Mound-Westonka) received a bye. Noah Adamson (St. Peter) d. Tyler Hagen (Redwood Valley), 7-5, 6-3. Jake Sandefur (Holy Family Catholic) d. Jaron King (Blue Earth Area), 6-0, 6-0. Connor Olson (St. James) d. Austin Becker (Fairmont), 6-1, 6-1. Grant Becker (Fairmont) d. Chandler Kienitz (Blue Earth Area), 6-1, 6-1. Taylor Rebstock (Redwood Valley) d. Sandin Skow (St. James), 6-2, 6-0. Robbie Bremer (Holy Family Catholic) d. Trevor Omann (Mound-Westonka), 6-3, 6-0. Nathan Huber (St. Peter) received a bye.
Quarterfinals: L. Moorhead (MW) d. Adamson (SP), 6-0, 6-0. Sandefur (HFC) d. Olson (SJ), 4-6, 6-3, 6-2. G. Becker (FHS) d. Rebstock (RV), 3-6, 6-4, 6-1. N. Huber (SP) d. Bremer (HFC), 6-1, 6-2.
1st Round: Sam Forbes-Ben Forbes (Holy Family Catholic) received a bye. J.T. Viesselman-Andrew Johnson (Fairmont) d. Connor Engel-Cole Skow (St. James), 6-2, 7-6 (7-3). Matthew Huber-Nels Kallaus (St. Peter) d. Danny Humbert-Jacob Moorhead (Mound-Westonka), 6-2, 6-1. Rudy Lipovetz-Joe Lipovetz (Southwest Christian) d. Shawn Sherman-Max Russell (Redwood Valley), 6-3, 6-1. Alex Willson-Ben Gault (St. Peter) d. Sterlin Johnson-Tyler Head (Fairmont), 6-0, 6-0. Will Runge-John Foss (St. James) d. Eric Purvis-Hunter Myers (Blue Earth Area), 7-5, 6-4. Zack King-A.J. Spaulding (Holy Family Catholic) d. Armando Davilla-Dallas Greenslit (Redwood Valley), 6-0, 6-0. Arend Turner-Lucas Valota (Mound-Westonka) received a bye.
Quarterfinals: S. Forbes-B. Forbes (HFC) d. Viesselman-A. Johnson (FHS), 6-1, 6-0. R. Lipovetz-J. Lipovetz (SWC) d. M. Huber-Kallaus (SP), 6-3, 6-1. Willson-B. Gault (SP) d. Runge-Foss (SJ), 6-3, 7-6 (8-6). Turner-Valota (MW) d. King-Spaulding (HFC), 6-2, 6-2.