Central passes first big test by beating rival Red River

It was smooth sailing for the defending state champions for a while, but that ended Tuesday afternoon.

When Knights coach Max Weisser looked around Register Courts at the first four matches going against rival Grand Forks Red River, he saw signs of potential trouble everywhere.

His No. 1 doubles team lost the first set and had two match points against them in the second. His No. 2 doubles team was down 5-2 in the decisive third set. His No. 3 doubles team was locked in a tight battle. And Red River snuck out a win at No. 6 singles.

“We don’t really know what’s going on, because we haven’t really been tested yet,” Weisser said. “But I just loved the resilience of the guys.”

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Central’s Logan Sandberg saved the two match points on his serve, and the Knights stormed back to win at No. 1 doubles in the third set. Central’s Evan Panzer and Ryder McDonald reeled off the last five games at No. 2 doubles to win in three sets. And Central’s Brad Flaten and A.J. Spicer

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