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The Pioneers’ Tennis Season Ends

🎾Congratulations to the Pioneer boys and girls for a great season!🎾
 
The Pioneer girls had a record high number of players this year while the Pioneer boys team qualified for sub-state.
 

We hear from the tennis coaches of each team who comment on the conclusion of the season:

 
pioneer girls tennis team“Maharishi Girls team not only won the first 12 games of the year, but had never dropped two matches in the same contest. This included 5-0 wins in the regional tournament, one against Notre Dame and one against Davis County.
 
It was an impressive season for a Pioneer squad that had only played two seasons over the previous four years. Maharishi didn’t have the numbers for a tennis team in 2018, and the 2020 season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
“I’m really proud of our girls’ improvement,” Eyre said.
“They’ve done such a great job,” Eyre said. “My hat is always going to be with these girls for sticking with it and inspiring others to do it.”
Eyre specifically mentioned the growth of his seniors. Out of the six varsity players, Fenton and Mohanraj were the only ones playing in their last season. Both were freshman on the 2019 team that brought girls tennis back to Maharishi.
 
tennis boys“Our team exceeded expectations this spring. The Pioneers went 8-2 and reached the final sixteen in the state tournament after finishing district runner-up behind 3 time defending state champions, Cedar Rapids Xavier.
 
The Pioneer’s top 2 players have only played for a year. Zak and Ruimin competed against some really skilled players and won their share of matches. I can’t think of another player in Iowa who developed as quickly as Zak and Ruimin. They worked really hard and their results are impressive. I expect big things from them next year.
 
The Pioneer’s only senior, Dominic DuPoux was 18-0 in dual meet competition before losing his final match against Boone. The team voted Dominic the MVP award for his consistency inmaharishi school tennis singles and doubles.
 
Jayanta Wegman, Polo Altynski-Ross, Chacho Rosler, and Mekhi Kahui all made significant strides and will form a strong nucleus for next year’s team.” -Coach Steve Briggs
A huge congratulations to all the teams, we look forward to seeing all that you accomplish in the world of tennis next year!

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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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Pioneers Boys Defeat Keokuk — 8-1

Tennis Coach Steve Briggs Reports

The Maharishi Pioneers boys tennis team won convincingly against Keokuk, extending their record to 6-0 for the season.maharishi school tennis

The only loss the Pioneers suffered was due to injury. Playing his first match at #1, Zak Askar injured his ankle at the end of the opening set, which he lost 7-5 to Spanish exchange student, Ivan Lopex. The Keokuk #1 is one of the best players in Southeast Iowa. The extent of Zak’s injury isn’t known, but we hope he’s back on court soon.
#1 doubles provided plenty of excitement. With Zak watching from the bleachers, Polo and Jayanta moved into #1 doubles slot where they faced Lopez and Worster. At 7-7, the Pioneer duo lifted their play to seal the win 9-7. Polo served a strong game at 7 all and came up with the shot of the match in the final game to help secure the win.
“As a coach I pay attention to how the boys handle pressure. Pressure is a fact of life in every sport and the boys are getting familiar with the challenging thoughts and emotions that surface in a close match,” explained Coach Briggs. “Conquering the nerves is a major step toward becoming a top level player.”

Congratulations to Polo Altynski-Ross for being selected as Pioneer Player of the Match. 

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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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