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Pioneer Girls Tennis Invitational 5/7

Tennis Coach Lawrence Eyre’s Match Report

tennis girls pioneersMaharishi School girls’ tennis came out on top in the Pioneer Invitational Saturday, a five-team event including Albia, Burlington Notre Dame, Centerville and Davis County.
Team Standings:
(In this round robin tournament, each game won = 1 point for the school)
1st Maharishi 103 points
2nd Albia 84 points
3rd Davis County 70 points
4th Centerville 34 points
5th Burlington Notre Dame 33 points
#1 singles flight winner:
Lily Fenton ,Maharishi
#2 singles flight winner:
Ishita Mukhadam, Maharishi
#1 doubles flight winners:
Vaisnavii Mohanraj and Bella Castle, Maharishi
#2 doubles flight winners:
A. Steuchel and A. Warning, Davis County
(Sisters Sara and Daira Valls of Maharishi finished 3rd)
“With this round robin format, everyone who enters gets to play four matches, win or lose. It was fun to see athletes from all five schools learning to adjust to different playing styles in real time while competing today. All of us coaches watched our players grow throughout the tournament.”
The Pioneers finish their regular season with a 6-0 dual match record and first place finishes in both the Fort Madison Invitational and the Pioneer Invitational. “I’m proud of our girls–they have steadily improved all season long.”
Wednesday, May 11 is the regional tournament hosted by Fairfield High School. Six Pioneers will compete with tennis players from seven other schools in southeast Iowa in singles or doubles for a place in the state tournament draw. In 2021 Lily Fenton became the first Maharishi School girls’ team player to qualify for the state singles tournament in a decade.
State singles and doubles will be May 27 and 28 at the University of Iowa tennis center.

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Pioneer Boys Ottumwa Invitational 5/7

Tennis Coach Steve Briggs Match Report

The Pioneers finished 2nd in the Ottumwa Invite. The host school won the tournament. 

 
The Pioneers collected silver medals in 7 of the 9 flights with Ruimin Luo, Polo Altynksi-Ross, Dominic DuPoux, and Chacho Roesler earning 2nd place in both singles and doubles. 
 

The Pioneer Player of the Match is Chacho Roesler who is redefining the word hustle for his team.

 
Ottumwa — 178
Maharishi School — 126
Oskaloosa — 92
Knoxville — 42
 
The Pioneers play in the district tournament on Monday. Both the Punj Center and FF MIddle School courts will be used for the tournament.

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Maharishi School Student Honored at ISEF

International Science and Engineering Fair

maharishi school students 2021On May 8, Ishita Mukadam and Ms. Asha head for the International Science Fair competition in Atlanta. She was invited to attend based on her outstanding entry into the state science fair, sponsored in conjunction with Iowa State University. This is a tremendous accomplishment for a sophomore—and for her teacher!

 

 

 

 

 

Interview with Ishita Mukadam

 

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Pioneers Outrun Greyhounds in 8-1 Win

Tennis Coach Steve Briggs Reports on the Match

In their final dual meet of the season, the Pioneers raced past undefeated Burlington, leaving the Greyhounds intennis boys the rear view mirror. Burlington had beaten every other area team (including Mt Pleasant twice), making the victory that much sweeter.

The win improved the Pioneers dual meet record to 7-1.
The team had a heart to heart talk yesterday and the boys responded with their best performance of the season.
“We talked about staying locked in and believing that there’s always a path to victory,” said Coach Briggs. “We talked about playing to our potential and dealing with adversity. Pressure is a fact of life in sports and today everyone dealt with it extremely well.”
One match in particular stood out: Pioneer #1, freshman Ruimin Luo overwhelmed Burlington’s undefeated #1, Tryce Barthlshofer, 7=6, 6-0. Tyce is widely regarded as the best player in Southeast Iowa.
“Few people expected Ruimin to win today,” acknowledged Briggs. “ has beaten several guys who beat Ruimin, but our guys know what Ruimin’s capable of. Today we witnessed a special performance. Ruimin was outstanding. He beat a skilled and confident opponent.”
Ruimin has the talent to be a top tier player in Iowa. Considering he’s a freshman who has been playing less than a year, his ceiling is high.”
Ruimin Luo is the Pioneer Player of the Match
Special recognition goes to senior stalwart, Dominic DuPoux, who finished the season with a perfect 16-0 record in dual meets. Congrats to Dominic for his steady play all season long and for his willingness to sacrifice for the team. 
 
Jayanta, Polo, and Chacho also played some of their best tennis today, lifting the Pioneers to a 5-1 lead after singles.
 
The Pioneers are back in action at FF Middle School on Saturday.

#1 Ruimin defeated Barthlshofer.  7-6 (5), 6-0

#2 Jayanta defeated Bleisnner. 6-4, 5-7, 10-7
#3 Polo defeated Ford   7-5, 6-3
#4 Dominic defeated Carlson. 7-5, 6-1
#5. Chacho defeated Mason. 6-3, 6-1
#6. Mekhi lost to Fawcett. 6-4, 4-6, 10-7
#1. Ruimin/Dominic defeated Mason/Fawcett. 6-3
#2. Polo/Jayanta defeated Ford/Carlson. 8-4
#3. Mekhi/Chacho won by default

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Maharishi Girls’ Tennis 9 Burlington Notre Dame 0

Tennis Coach Lawrence Match Report

The Pioneers upped their season record to 6-0 with a 9-0 win over Burlington Notre Dame that was also a race against the rain. “There was a sense of urgency for both teams today–we barely finished our matches before the clouds opened.”
Bella Castle sparkled with an 8-0 victory at #4 singles, and she teamed up with Vaisnavii Mohanraj for an 8-1 win at #2 doubles.
Maharishi will host the Pioneer Invitational this Saturday, with round robin play in two singles flights and two doubles draws.  Albia, Centerville, Davis County and Burlington Notre Dame will be joining the Pioneers at the Punj Tennis Center outdoors for match play starting at 9 am.

 Singles Results

Po.MatchupSet 1Set 2Set 3Result
1 Elizabeth Hamma vs.  Lily Fenton8-1winner-team-logo 1-0
2 Ashi Pennaka vs.  Ishita Mukadam8-0winner-team-logo 1-0
3 Isabella Blaufuss vs.  Vaisnavii Mohanraj8-4winner-team-logo 1-0
4 Shona Andersen vs.  Isabella Castle8-0winner-team-logo 1-0
5 Jasmine Jong vs.  Saraswati Quevedo-Valls8-2winner-team-logo 1-0
6 Chloe Diewold vs.  Daira Valls Blazquez8-2winner-team-logo 1-0

 Doubles Results

Po.MatchupSet 1Set 2Set 3Result
1 Elizabeth Hamma/Ashi Pennaka vs.  Lily Fenton/Ishita Mukadam8-1winner-team-logo 1-0
2 Isabella Blaufuss/Shona Andersen vs.  Isabella Castle/Vaisnavii Mohanraj8-1winner-team-logo 1-0
3 Jasmine Jong/Chloe Diewold vs.  Saraswati Quevedo-Valls/Daira Valls Blazquez8-3winner-team-logo 1-0

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Mt Pleasant Defeats Pioneers Boys Tennis Team 6-3

Tennis Coach Steve Briggs Reports

When Friday’s showers soaked Mt Pleasant’s East Lake courts,the Pioneers were handed home court advantage (at the MIU Rec Center). Unfortunately, the Pioneers were unable to capitalize, falling to a determined Mt Pleasant team.

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The Pioneers were looking for answers in the wrong places. Again and again the PIoneers could be seen rehearsing their strokes, swinging rackets at the air.
“What needed fixing wasn’t technical. It was our mindset,” explained Coach Briggs. “Until we understand that we need to be locked in on every point, we’re vulnerable. That’s on the coaching staff. You don’t learn how to scramble after every ball playing video games and so those of us who didn’t grow up with a screen in our hand need to teach better.”
The Pioneers lost 4 matches by the closest of margins — reversing half those results would have swung the match in favor of the Pioneers.
“We had sizable leads in several matches, but sometimes getting to the finish line isn’t so easy,” said Briggs. “We need to play our best tennis at the end of the match when it matters most; not just in the early going.”
One Pioneer who played with determination from start to finish was Dominic DuPoux, who won both his singles and doubles (with Ruimin Luo) matches without losing a set. Dominic efficiently took care of business, securing 2 wins for the Pioneers.
 
Dominic DuPoux is the Pioneer Player of the Match for a 2nd time.
Said Briggs: “After the match, Coach Rodgers (Mt P coach for the past 10 years) said, ‘Finally, I can cross beating Maharishi off my bucket list.”
Perseverance paid off for Coach Rodgers; a lesson the Pioneers are still learning.
The Pioneers play a strong Burlington squad at the Punj Center on Tuesday.
Injury report: Pioneer #1 Zak Askar’s Achilles is making progress and we hope to have Zak back on court for postseason play.
Singles
#1. Ruimin Luo lost to Own Vansickel.   4-6, 6-2, 10-6
#2 Jayanta Wegman lost to Jake Ensminger 6-1, 6-1
#3 Polo Altynski-Ross lost to Levi Graber 2-6, 7-5, 10-8
#4 Dominic DuPoux defeated Linc Hendrickson 6-2, 6-4
#5 Mekhi Kahui lost to Elliot Cook.  6-4, 6-4
#6 Chacho Roestler lost to Tim Cam 6-2, 3-6, 13-11
Doubles
#1 & 4. Defeated 1 & 2   6-4, 6-3
#2 & 3. Lost to  3 & 4.   8-6
#5 & 6 defeated  5 & 6.  9-7

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Pioneer Girls Tennis Match Report on 4/21

Tennis Coach Lawrence Eyre Reportstennis girls

 

“Thursday was inspiring. Every high school tennis player in Fairfield took to the courts. It was high energy tennis, fairly played–with friends across the net.”

 Singles Results

Po.MatchupSet 1Set 2Set 3Result
1 Lily Fenton vs.  Tess Paton8-6winner-team-logo 1-0
2 Ishita Mukadam vs.  Sydney Wells8-1winner-team-logo 1-0
3 Vaisnavii Mohanraj vs.  Madison Greiner8-0winner-team-logo 1-0
4 Isabella Castle vs.  Giteeka Adhikari8-0winner-team-logo 1-0
5 Saraswati Quevedo-Valls vs.  Emma Wendland8-1winner-team-logo 1-0
6 Daira Valls Blazquez vs.  Emily Simpson7-1winner-team-logo 1-0

 Doubles Results

Po.MatchupSet 1Set 2Set 3Result
1 Lily Fenton/Ishita Mukadam vs.  Tess Paton/Madison Greiner8-51-0
2 Vaisnavii Mohanraj/Isabella Castle vs.  Sydney Wells/Emma Wendland8-41-0
3 Saraswati Quevedo-Valls/Daira Valls Blazquez vs.  Giteeka Adhikari/Emily Simpson8-41-0

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Pioneer Girls vs Keokuk tennis match 4/25

Tennis Coach Lawrence Eyre Reports

 

pioneer girls tennis maharishi Pioneer girls lifted their dual meet record to 4-0 with an 8-1 win over Keokuk on the road.
#1 Lily Fenton and #2 Ishita Mukhadam blanked their opponents in singles and combined to shut out Keokuk’s #1 doubles team as well.
“Challenging conditions today called for flexible tactics–our players adapted well to circumstances beyond their control and made the most of their opportunities.”
Maharishi hosts Albia girls tomorrow (Tuesday) at the Punj Tennis Center at 4:30 pm

 Singles Results

Po.MatchupSet 1Set 2Set 3Result
1 Sophia Rule vs.  Lily Fenton8-0winner-team-logo 1-0
2 Julia de Gala vs.  Ishita Mukadam8-0winner-team-logo 1-0
3 Adi Robinson vs.  Vaisnavii Mohanraj8-1winner-team-logo 1-0
4 Jaelyn Johnson vs.  Isabella Castle8-5winner-team-logo 1-0
5 Brittney Kelly vs.  Saraswati Quevedo-Valls8-3winner-team-logo 1-0
6 Sophia Rule vs.  Daira Valls Blazquez8-3winner-team-logo 1-0

 Doubles Results

Po.MatchupSet 1Set 2Set 3Result
1 Olivia Rule/Julia de Gala vs.  Lily Fenton/Ishita Mukadam8-0winner-team-logo 1-0
2 Adi Robinson/Jaelyn Johnson vs.  Vaisnavii Mohanraj/Isabella Castle8-4winner-team-logo 1-0
3 Brittney Kelly/Sophia Rule vs.  Saraswati Quevedo-Valls/Daira Valls Blazquez8-6winner-team-logo 1-0

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Budding Tulips/Tennis Talent Converge at the Pella Invite 4/23

Tennis Coach Steve Briggs Reports

A morning shower followed by daylong gale force winds didn’t dampen the spirits of the teams that traveled from as far away as Waterloo and Boone to compete in   Pella, a town of predominantly Dutch heritage famous for its Tulip Time Festival and functioning 130 foot tall windmill. Traditional Dutch bakeries line the town square, but that’s a story for another time.
OK, maybe we should talk about Jaarzma Bakery for a minute. On weekends, lines form outside the bakery founded in 1898 by a Dutch immigrant who introduced the sweet taste of Holland to rural Iowa residents. The shop rarely runs short of Cinnamon Crispies, Puff Pillows, Goat Legs, and everyone’s favorite almond paste filled Dutch Letters.

Back to tennis: The host school shared the winner’s trophy at the 15th annual Pella Invite with Grinnell HS. Boone finished 3rd followed by the Pioneers (4th), Waterloo Columbus (5th), Oskaloosa (6th), and Pella II (7th).

“The competition was a level higher than we’re accustomed to,” noted Pioneer coach Steve Briggs. “The tournament included 2021 state finalists — Pella and Boone.”pioneer tennis boys
Despite the stiff competition, Zak Askar led the way for the Pioneers with a win over Pella’s top singles entry. Zak finished the day in 7th place with three quality wins in five matches.
“Zak was exhausted after playing almost non-stop for six hours, but he played all day with a smile on his face,” said Briggs. “Zakpioneer tennis boys was a super ambassador for our school yesterday. Fans were so impressed with his friendly disposition that one coach offered advice how best to play Zak’s opponents. The father of one of Zak’s opponents was so taken by his size and agility that the man offered to introduce Zak to an area college football coach.”
In the doubles tournament, the Pioneers performed equally well. The junior duo of Jayanta Wegman/Polo Altynski-Ross finished 6th and Dominic DuPoux/Mekhi Kahui outlasted Waterloo Columbus for 7th place.
Zak Askar is the Pioneer Player of the Match for a second time this spring.
The Pioneers put their 5-0 record on the line against Keokuk at the Punj Center today and visit Mt Pleasant later in the week.

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Pioneer Boys Tennis Match on 4/21

Coach Steve Briggs Match Report

After several weeks of cold, wind, and rain, the Pioneers made the most of favorable weather, scoring a hard fought victory over FHS.

“We came out on top, but we were 2 points from losing,” acknowledged Steve Briggs. “Zak was a point from losing at #2 and Dominic/Mekhi were a point from losing at #3 doubles. But that’s why we emphasize mental strength. The margin of victory can be slim.”

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Jayanta Wegman

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Dominic DuPoux

Jayanta Wegman dominated his singles match and played a strong 2nd set in doubles to secure the winning point for the Pioneers. Dominic DuPoux played an equally strong singles match and anchored #3 doubles, repeatedly coming up with clutch volleys when it counted.

Pioneer Players of the Match: Jay and Dominic.
The Pioneers travel to Pella on Saturday.

 Singles Results

Po.MatchupSet 1Set 2Set 3Result
1 Garrett Flanagan vs.  Ruimin Luo6-46-4winner-team-logo 2-0
2 Jace Hannes vs.  Zak Askar3-66-113-11winner-team-logo 2-1
3 Brendan Marcellus vs.  Polo Altynski-Ross6-46-2winner-team-logo 2-0
4 Dil Hurlin vs.  Jayanta Wegman6-16-1winner-team-logo 2-0
5 Aidan Flanagan vs.  Dominic Dupoux6-06-1winner-team-logo 2-0
6 Jack Unger vs.  Mekhi Kahiu6-14-610-3winner-team-logo 2-1

 Doubles Results

Po.MatchupSet 1Set 2Set 3Result
1 Garrett Flanagan/Jace Hannes vs.  Zak Askar/Ruimin Luo7-66-42-0
2 Dil Hurlin/Brendan Marcellus vs.  Polo Altynski-Ross/Jayanta Wegman7-56-1winner-team-logo 2-0
3 Jack Unger/Aidan Flanagan vs.  Mekhi Kahiu/Dominic Dupoux6-1 (4-6)12-10winner-team-logo 1-1
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