The tennis team had another great week with the girls getting their first sweep in four years, over Davenport, and the boys following it up with a league sweep over Freeman. The girl’s team took advantage of the youth of the Gorillas by winning 40 games and losing only one and doing it quickly. There wasn’t much of a challenge in any of the matches and they were actually pretty boring. However, that certainly wasn’t the case on the boy’s end of the court.
#1 singles, Ben Johnstone, played Max Mielke in a well-fought match that was similar to playing a backboard. It came down to a tiebreaker in the first set and Johnstone lost 3-7. But the loss didn’t deter him, as he said to the coach while getting a drink of water, “We’re playing three sets? Right?” Which obviously meant he could play two more sets and still expected the win. “I love his attitude,” said Coach Smith, “Who wouldn’t love to hear a player who has played so hard, lost a set and still has full faith in himself to win the next two.” Unfortunately, Johnstone lost the next set 3-6 and was finished for the day.
#2 singles, Brady Dainty had a tough match against an experienced Jared Regan who is a bigger guy that gets to a lot of shots that you think you have already won, which was frustrating for Dainty.
#3, Luke Timm was on his game with consistency and had an easy 6-1, 6-1 victory.
In doubles, the Gorillas were a bit weak, so the coaches agreed to let the two singles players play again against Collin Kirk-Patterson and Mason Miller, so they would have a challenge. It was also a great match. The Cougar duo ended up with the loss but really didn’t give it their all because the match didn’t count in the win/loss column. They got riled up a bit and never turned their game back to the positive.
#2 doubles, Sam Cobb and Tommy Norman had a 6-0, 6-0 trouncing where they were seen “knighting” each other after a couple great plays.
At Freeman, the team played like their life depended on it, by winning nine matches and losing only one. The boy’s singles players were all on top of their games.
Johnstone made about 85% of his first serves, which kicked so far off the court that he got ace after ace for a 6-0, 6-0 trouncing.
Dainty frustrated his opponent to no end with his great down the line and deep shots for a 6-0, 6-0 win. “Daint played his best match of the year, so far. He had a lot of great rallies, but managed to win so many points. I love this kind of a surprise out of my player”, remarked Smith.
Timm had superior shot selection and took control of the match after the first few games for a 6-3, 6-1 victory.
In doubles, Kirk-Patterson fought against himself for the first match and a half while Miller struggled to keep the team alive. Finally a smile came across K.P.’s face and you could tell his whole attitude and confidence level had changed . From there on it was easy sailing for the duo that struggled early but ended up with the 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 win.
Cobb and Norman got the easy 6-0, 6-0 win against the rookie Scotties.
In girls’ action, Tenika Smith had a tough match against Andie Olson who hits hard groundstrokes and lost.
Ryann Richmond hit the ball the hardest she has hit all season and played with confidence, which her opponent lacked, and fought for the 6-2, 6-3 win.
Naomi Miller dominated in her 6-1, 6-0 victory against a beginner.
Becky Kenney used great serves and Bethany Kofmehl was aggressive in their 6-2, 6-1 win to players they had lost to once the previous year on a bad day. After a few games they learned that a past match doesn’t affect the outcome of this one, and won with authority.
Tia Justice and Kayleigh Hansen were up and down in their match but burned a few allies and placed their serves for a 5-7, 6-2, 6-2 win.
By Geno Ludwig, The Independent Staff
In This Photo: Dustin Olson hits one over the fence for a home run. Mickey Olson photo