WEBSTER CITY - The first dual-meet victory of the season couldn't have come at a better time for the Webster City boys' tennis team.
With just two days to think about the postseason, the Lynx received a dose of confidence yesterday at the WCHS courts by pasting South Hardin, 5-1. It gives head coach Matt Manson something to build on as he prepares his team for Thursday's Class 1A district tournament in Fort Dodge.
"I was impressed with our focus (and) getting our first win is important at getting our confidence up before district play," he said.
Derek Turner, Tom Wangkham and Christian Hippen relied on their experience to breeze to singles victories for the Lynx.
Turner, playing in the No. 2 slot, surrendered just one game in a 10-1 rout of Dalton Miller. Hippen turned in a matching score in his quick victory over Micah Dorow in the No. 4 bout.
Wangkham was the most dominant; he blanked Ethan Balvanz, 10-0, in the No. 3 slot.
Tuesday at WCHS Courts
Webster City 5, South Hardin 1
Blake Baker (SH) def. Jared Doolittle 10-8; Derek Turner (WC) def. Dalton Miller 10-1; Tom Wangkham (WC) def. Ethan Balvanz 10-0; Christian Hippen (WC) def. Micah Dorow 10-1.
Doolittle/Turner (WC) def. Baker/Miller 10-8; Dilan Griffin/Chris Pergunde (WC) def. Balvanz/Dorow 10-1.
Turner and Jared Doolittle teamed up to secure a hard-fought win in the No. 1 doubles match. They held off Blake Baker and Miller, 10-8.
Dilan Griffin and Chris Pergunde took the court for the Lynx in the second doubles match, and they barely had to break a sweat en route to a 10-1 win over Balvanz and Dorow.
Thursday's district tournament will get underway at 9:30 a.m.