Montevideo’s Jesse Brace finished third in a strong field in the Section 3A singles tournament at Redwood Falls on Monday.


Montevideo’s Jesse Brace finished third in a strong field in the Section 3A singles tournament at Redwood Falls on Monday.

Brace, the No. 4 seed, won his first two matches by 6-0, 6-0 scores before running into Jack Hansen of Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd in the semifinals. Hansen, who won his fourth straight section title, beat Brace 6-0, 6-2.

Brace came back to win the third-place match 6-2, 7-6. The second set went to a tiebreaker in which Brace outlasted third-seeded Dan Wetering, of Worthington, 16-14.

That earned Brace a true-second match, but Joey Vajgrt, the section runner-up to Hansen for the third straight year, eliminated Brace 6-2, 6-2.

Montevideo’s other singles entrant, Ryan Maroney, pulled off a first-round upset before losing to Vajgrt 7-5, 6-0 in the second round.

In doubles play, Darin Stevens and Walker Danielson won their first match before being eliminated. Adam Peters and Ryan Neville were defeated in the first round.