WEBSTER CITY - Already battling nerves in their season opener, the six members of the Webster City boys' varsity tennis team had another surprise battle on their hands yesterday afternoon at the WCHS courts.
Wind, wind and more wind.
With gusts whipping around between 30 and 40 miles per hour, the Lynx were unable to get their bearings in a lopsided 9-0 loss to Clear Lake.
DFJ photo by Troy Banning
WCHS No. 6 singles player Kenton Johnson goes to the backhand to return a serve against Clear Lake last night. He dropped his singles match, 10-7.
The Lions fared better fighting the teeth of the wind and they steadied themselves in a slew of games that reached deuce to send WCHS back to the drawing boards.
"Being our first meet, I was impressed with how well the team battled and played most matches competitively," WCHS head coach Matt Manson said. "Hopefully the Iowa weather will cooperate a bit more in our future matches."
Jared Doolittle, the Lynx No. 1 singles player, dropped a 10-7 decision to Jerry Kockler. Kenton Johnson lost by an identical score against Alex Blum in the No. 6 slot.
Clear Lake 9, Webster City 0
Jerry Kockler (CL) def. Jared Doolittle 10-7.
Paul Raner (CL) def. Derek Turner 10-6.
JJ Theobald (CL) def. Tom Wangkham 10-8.
Luke Schiller (CL) def. Dilan Griffin 10-1.
Austin Anderson (CL) def. Christian Hippen 10-0.
Alex Blum (CL) def. Kenton Johnson 10-7.
Kockler/Raner (CL) def. Doolittle/Turner 10-5.
Schiller/Anderson (CL) def. Wangkham/Griffin 10-5.
Theobald/Adam Davis (CL0 def. Hippen/Johnson 10-4.
Tom Wangkham took eight games off JJ Theobald in the No. 3 match, and Derek Turner was a 10-6 victim against Paul Raner.
"Jared, Derek, Tom and Kenton all battled their opponents down to the wire," Manson said. "Looking back at last year's matches with Clear Lake, we are showing signs of improvement at all positions."
The doubles teams of Doolittle and Turner, and Wangkham and Dilan Griffin lost 10-5.
WCHS will try again on Thursday when it hosts Grundy Center at 4:30 p.m.