HELD AT LOVE

Comets overpower Lynx in quick season opener

Webster City No. 1 singles player Alex Hooker attempts to return a hot serve during his singles match against North Polk’s Evan Moon during yesterday’s meet at the WCHS courts. The Comets handed the Lynx an 8-0 loss. DFJ photo/Troy Banning

WEBSTER CITY — Evan Moon has all the shots and they were all on display yesterday afternoon at the WCHS courts.

The hard serve. The wicked forehand. The slice backhand. The lunging overhead. North Polk’s lanky lefty put on a show and all Webster City’s Alex Hooker could do was smile and clap with his racket at the array of shots at Moon’s disposal.

Moon was the catalyst for what turned into a North Polk showcase, as the Comets controlled play from the opening serve and never allowed Webster City to sniff success in the Lynx opening meet of the season.

North Polk (1-2) won five of the seven contested matches by shutout and dropped just three games in all en route to an 8-0 victory. Due to a lack of players, WCHS (0-1) was forced to forfeit the No. 6 singles match.

“The kids played hard the whole way through, (but) it was an eye opener for me to see the level of skill to expect,” WCHS first-year head coach Michael Ross said.

Webster City’s Jon Dixson lunges at a running forehand during his singles match against North Polk yesterday at the WCHS courts. DFJ photo/Troy Banning

Just a sophomore, Moon placed eighth at the Class 1A state singles tournament during his rookie campaign a season ago. He ran his season record to 3-0 with an 8-0 victory over Hooker and has dropped just four of 34 games so far this spring.

Moon’s teammates matched his dominance, as the five singles matches moved quickly in the Comets’ favor. Aidan Sullivan, who played in the No. 4 spot, was the only WCHS player to pick up a game in an 8-1 loss to Colby Cupp.

“North Polk had some great players, yet the competition isn’t going to get any easier,” Ross said. “I know we are excited to put this behind us and move forward to our matches next week.”

In doubles, the Lynx team of Sullivan and Jon Dixson claimed two games off of the Comets’ Jared Long and Brad Chiles.

Neither team put a No. 3 doubles team on the court.

Webster City No. 3 singles player Tyler Geopfert is unable to reach the ball with a backhand before it crashes into the court during singles play against North Polk yesterday at the WCHS courts. DFJ photo/Troy Banning

WCHS will travel to Clear Lake to take on the Lions on Monday.

North Polk 8, Webster City 0

Thursday at WCHS Courts

Singles

Evan Moon (NP) def. Alex Hooker 8-0; Jack Veber (NP) def. Jon Dixson 8-0; Alex Pancheuko (NP) def. Tyler Geopfert 8-0; Colby Cupp (NP) def. Aidan Sullivan 8-1; Brennan Gering (NP) def. Daniel Spicher 8-0; Ethan Night (NP) forfeit.

Doubles

Veber/Cupp (NP) def. Hooker/Geopfert 8-0; Jared Long/Brad Chiles (NP) def. Dixson/Sullivan 8-2.

DFJ photo/Troy Banning

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