All six players contribute in Lynx dual win
WEBSTER CITY – The Webster City boys’ tennis team said enough is enough Tuesday afternoon on its home courts.
After three consecutive dual-meet losses to kickoff its spring season, the Lynx ended the string of disappointments by downing North Polk, 6-3, in cold and windy conditions that added another layer of anxiety for everyone involved.
“It was nice to get that win,” WCHS head coach Bruce Johnston said after his squad won four of six singles matches and two of the three doubles bouts.
All six WCHS players were successful in either singles or doubles, and two went unbeaten.
Johnston pointed to sophomore Kolton Gemmel as the linchpin to success. He needed less than 20 minutes to dismantle the Comets’ Brice Tegtmeier, 10-0, in the No. 4 singles match, and later joined forces with Bryan Johnston in the No. 3 doubles match for a 10-5 victory. Gemmel and Johnston trailed Quentin Smith and Ben Lehman 5-4 before rallying to win the final six games.
“Kolton did a nice job with things and kind of led the charge,” Bruce Johnston said. “He definitely showed his competitive spirit … he was instrumental in the win.”
Bryan Johnston won in the No. 6 singles slot as well, 10-7. Blake Nelson (10-4) and Ben Grimshaw (10-8) were also triumphant at the Nos. 3 and 4 spots in the lineup.
Ryan Godfredsen and Dakon Bergquist rebounded from singles setbacks to pick up a big 11-9 win in the No. 1 doubles contest, and it clinched the team victory.
WCHS (1-3) will look to duplicate Tuesday’s efforts this afternoon when it hosts Iowa Falls-Alden at 4:30 p.m.