WEBSTER CITY - A slow start in the singles matches sapped the Webster City boys' tennis team of its confidence against North Polk on a sunny afternoon yesterday at the WCHS courts.
The Comets jumped ahead in all six of the bouts in the first few games and only had one match in jeopardy on their way to a 9-0 sweep of the Lynx.
"We are struggling at the moment without being able to practice and playing some tough competition," WCHS head coach Matt Manson said. "Consistency and confidence will come with time, but our boys continue to push through adversity to gain their confidence back."
DFJ photo by Troy Banning
Webster City No. 4 singles player Dilan Griffin goes low to hit a backhand return during last night’s meet against North Polk at the WCHS courts.
Blake Nelson, the Lynx No. 3 singles player, had the best chance of picking up a victory. He fell behind Zack Mendoza early, but mounted a late rally to force a tiebreaker in the 10-game pro set. Mendoza was able to pull the momentum back to his side of the court through for an 11-10 win (7-3 in tiebreaker).
"(Nelson) fought his way back," Manson said. "He lost on a couple of tough points."
Andrew Straw - the Lynx No. 5 singles player - was the only other player to win more than three games. He fell to Alec White 10-6.
NORTH POLK 9, WEBSTER CITY 0
At WCHS Courts
Michael Rimanthe (NP) def. Chris Pergande 10-2; Kris Bauer (NP) def. Christian Hippen 10-3; Zack Mendoza (NP) def. Blake Nelson 11-10 (7-3); Nathan Griener (NP) def. Dilan Griffin 10-1; Alec White (NP) def. Andrew Straw 10-6; Brandon Anderson (NP) def. Avery Hopp 10-3.
Rimanthe/Griener (NP) def. Pergande/Griffin 10-4; Mendoza/White (NP) def. Hippen/Nelson 10-3; Garett Hoage/John Washington (NP) def. Straw/Hopp 10-4.
North Polk controlled the three doubles matches as well.
WCHS will try to rebound on Thursday when it hosts Iowa Falls-Alden. The Lynx will be at home again on Friday against statewide power Fort Dodge St. Edmond and its three-time Class 1A state singles runner-up Aaron Chalstrom.