Tennis Match Report by Coach Steve Briggs
It took nearly 5 hours to get it done, but the Pioneers prevailed against a tenacious Mt Pleasant squad to determine who would advance to the state tennis tournament.
Polo Altynski-Ross and Mekhi Kahui clinched the deciding match at #3 doubles. The singles matches were split evenly with 3 points apiece. Maharishi School earned points at #2, 5, and 6.
Freshman Ruimin Luo has been winning big matches lately. On the heels of a 3rd place district finish, Ruimin scored first for the Pioneers with a straight set win at #2. Dominic DuPoux followed with another straight set win to tie the match at 2-2.
“Chacho Roesler’s win was huge,” said Coach Briggs. “Chacho lost to Tim just 10 days ago in the closest match of the season and today’s match was a xerox of their earlier encounter. This time Chacho came out on top.”
The Pioneer doubles teams were stronger than Mt Pleasant and a sweep of the doubles looked likely. Zak and Jay were winning 5-2 in the final set when the outcome of the match was decided.
The Pioneers move on to the Sweet Sixteen against Boone, who is ranked #6 in the most recent Iowa coaches poll. The meet will be played in South Tama County Wednesday, May 18.
“Multiple heroes today,” commented Coach Briggs. “No way I can choose a player of the match although Chacho, Dominic, and Ruimin deserve recognition for their ‘locked in’ postseason play. The coaches are proud of every guy on the team. Win or lose, everyone fought for their teammates as did Mt Pleasant.”
Maharishi def Mt Pleasant. 5-3
#1 Zak Askar lost Owen Vansickel 1-6, 6-1, 6-4
#2 Ruimin Luo. Def Jake Ensminger. 7-5, 6-4
#3 Jay Wegman lost Levi Graber 6-4, 6-4
#4. Polo Altynski-Ross lost. Linc Hendrickson. 3-6. 6-3, 7-6 (5)
#5. Dominic DuPoux. def Elliot Cook 6-2, 6-3
#6 Chacho Roesler def Tim Cam 3-6, 6-2, 6-4
#1 Dominic/Ruimin def Owen/Jake 6-4, 7-6 (7-5)
#2 Zak/Jay leading Levi/Linc 6-2, 4-6, 5-2
#3 Polo/Mekhi def Elliot/Tim 3-6, 6-2, 6-3
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