The tennis season came to an end for Luverne's Dan Antoine and Barry Hoogland during the Minnesota State Tennis Championships played at Northwest Athletic Club in Burnsville Thursday and Friday.

Senior Antoine and junior Hoogland competed in the Class A doubles competition at the tournament.

Their appearance at the event became a short one as they dropped their first match and were eliminated from the 16-team field.

Hoogland and Antoine played singles for LHS during the regular season, but they teamed up in doubles for the Section 3A Tournament and played their way to a second-place finish with a 3-1 record.

By placing second, the Cardinals earned the right to face the Section 7A championship team in the first round of 16 squads in Burnsville Thursday morning.

Marshall School's (Duluth) Ben Paul and Ryan Sienko served as the Luverne teamÕs first-round opponents at state.

The Cardinals made a statement by winning the first set of the match by a 6-4 tally.

Paul and Sienko, however, pulled out a tight 7-5 decision in the second set before winning the battle with a 6-3 win in the final set.

After advancing past the LHS team, Paul and Sienko were eliminated from further competition in the tournament's quarter-finals.

Antoine and Hoogland were the first Luverne doubles team to advance to state in two years.

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