Hoium and Habben earn All-Conference for boys tennis team

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Eric Hoium took over the No. 1 singles position this season as a ninth-grader and still has three seasons of high school left.

The Benson boys tennis team ended the season with a 6-8 overall record, which included a 3-2 mark within the WCC to give the Braves third place in the six-team conference behind Montevideo (5-0) and Lac qui Parle-DB (4-1).

Benson’s season came to an end with a 7-0 first-round loss to St. Cloud Cathedral in the Section 6A quarterfinals. The Braves were seeded fifth and SCC fourth.

In the section individual tourney, Kyle Ruppert and Josh Clark lost their first round matches in singles, while Eric Hoium and Nathan Habben won their first match in doubles before losing 6-4, 6-2 in the quarterfinals, and Dylan McNeill and Kevin Johnson also lost in the first round.

Benson started the season out with a 3-2 record, but then lost four of its next five to fall to 4-6 before going on to go 2-2 over its final four matches, including a 4-3 win over Minnewaska Area in the regular-season finale and a 7-0 loss to St. Cloud Cathedral in the Section 6A opener.

• In season-ending awards, Eric Hoium, who played first singles, and Nathan Habben, who played second or third singles, and some doubles, both earned All-Conference, while Dylan McNeill, who played mostly first doubles, but some second singles, was honorable mention. In addition, seniors Dylan McNeill and Kyle Ruppert both earned 6-year boys tennis awards.

 

Pictured: Eric Hoium took over the No. 1 singles position this season as a ninth-grader and still has three seasons of high school left.

 

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