VIRGINIA — In the second Section 7A semifinal tennis match on Saturday, No. 1 seeded Hibbing took on No. 4 seeded Eveleth-Gilbert, with the winning team facing Virginia in the title match.
In a match that went both ways, the Bluejackets picked up three wins in singles and a win in doubles to beat the Golden Bears 4-3, to advance to the title match.
“This was another match that could have gone either way,” Golden Bears coach Dean Edstrom said. “My guys really showed up to play today and I am very proud of them.”
Hibbing won at No. 1 singles with Carter Anderson beating Rob Licari, 6-1 6-1.
Ryan Osborne gave the Bluejackets a 2-0 lead when he beat Noah Sandnas, 4-6, 6-3, 6-0, in a match that went both ways.
“That was a great match,” Edstrom said. “Both players were leaving it all on the court.”
The Golden Bears picked up a win at No. 3 Singles when Jared Delich shook off a rough first set, losing 2-6, but came back and won sets two and three, 6-4 and 6-2, over Dom Warzecha.
“He shook off that first set and came back nice,” Edstrom said. “That was another great match to watch.”
Hibbing got a win at No. 4 singles from Nic Cicchi. He beat Bryce Vest, 6-3 and 7-5.
The Golden Bears won at No. 1 doubles with Gavin Maki and Nick Beaudette beating Joe Dwyer and Mark Borland, 6-4 and 7-6.
The Bluejackets picked up a win at No. 2 doubles from Jack Gryzbowski and Isaac Hildebrand, beating Colde Anderson and Nathan Tassoni, 6-1 and 6-4.
The Golden Bears won at No. 3 doubles when Blayne Mortenson and Jake Bradach beat Luke Lundell and Kaleb Stoffel, 6-4, 7-6.
“We showed some mental toughness out there today,” Edstrom said. “I could not be any prouder of these guys. We had a great season and they put in the hard work.”
Hibbing 4, Eveleth-Gilbert 3
Singles: No. 1 Carter Anderson, H, def. Rob Licari, 6-1, 6-1; No. 2 Ryan Osborne, H, def. Noah Sandnas, 4-6, 6-3, 6-0; No. 3 Jared Delich, E-G, def. Dom Warzecha, 2-6, 6-4, 6-2; No. 4 Nic Cicchi, H, def. Bryce Vest, 6-3, 7-5;
Doubles: No. 1 Gavin Maki-Nick Beaudette, E-G, def. Jack Dwyer-Mark Borland, 6-4, 7-6; No. 2 Jack Gryzbowski-Isaac Hildebrand, H, def. Cole Anderson-Nathan Tassoni, 6-1, 6-4; No. 3 Blayne Mortenson-Jake Bradach, E-G, def. Luke Lundell-Kaleb Stoffel, 6-4, 7-6