Above, the Le Mars Neighborhood boys tennis crew stands with their state qualifying banner after successful a detailed 5-4 battle towards Denison-Schleswig within the substate spherical on Saturday. It’s the eleventh state event look at school historical past for the Bulldogs and their fifth within the final six seasons of competitors. Members of the crew embrace: (From left) Coach Tracy Wingert, Coach Greer Milledge, Coach Alex Struck, Jaxon Baumgartner, Ryan Brown, Kaden Wingert, Matt Ahlers, Michael Meis, Kade Calhoun, Kutter Wright.
DENISON The Le Mars boys tennis crew completed one thing theyve been fairly good at doing over the previous couple of years and that’s make the state event. Following a hard-fought 5-4 win over Denison-Schleswig on Saturday, the Bulldogs captured one other state qualifying banner, their eleventh total and the fifth within the final six seasons of competitors.
Saturday was fairly the day of tennis, Le Mars Head Coach Alex Struck stated after a protracted day which included not solely the substate however first spherical of state.
It was a fierce battle within the substate spherical as each groups captured three singles wins and it got here right down to the doubles matches to determine a winner, presumably not a shock contemplating how shut the groups have been within the rankings with the Monarchs No. 8 in 1A and the Bulldogs No. 10.
In singles, Colin Reis gained the No. 1 singles match for the Monarchs by a 6-2, 6-3 rating over Kaden Wingert.
Le Mars took the following two singles matches in carefully contested units. The No. 2 match was a 6-4, 7-5 win for Matt Ahlers over Harrison Dahm.
Matt Ahlers performed his finest match of the season choosing up a win at quantity two singles over a superb Denison opponent, Struck stated. Matt confirmed large progress since our match towards Storm Lake final Saturday. He did some reflecting on his sport, recognized areas to zone in on, after which put in plenty of time and laborious work during the last week. He stepped up for our crew.
At No. 3, Michael Meis dropped the primary set 6-2, however got here again to win the second 7-5. Within the decisive third, he completed off Adalfo Vargas by a 6-0 rating.
Michael Meis additionally performed his finest match of the season towards Denison on the varsity three place, coming again down a set and down 1-4 within the second set, Struck stated. He flipped a swap and located one other degree to his sport and psychological fortitude. He gained 12 of the ultimate 13 video games. As a sophomore, that is his first season enjoying varsity tennis because of the canceled season final yr, and right now, he confirmed poise and maturity that not many sophomores possess.
The Monarchs evened issues up with their No. 4 as Carson Seuntjens gained two of the three units over Jaxon Baumgartner, all three of which ended with 6-2 scores.
Le Mars received the win at No. 5 as Ryan Brown had one of many best matches of the day, topping Isaac Leinen 6-0, 6-2.
Le Mars had an opportunity at a 4-2 benefit coming into doubles with Kutter Wright going up with a 6-0 win within the first over Braden Curnyn, however the Monarch fought again to take the second 6-3 and finally gained the third by the identical rating.
Kutter Wright performed our varsity six spot right now for the primary time all yr, Struck stated. He suffered a troublesome three-set loss. Im extremely happy with how he performed after the whole lot he has been by way of this yr. He had a critical damage within the winter months enjoying hockey, and he wasnt certain hed be capable of play in any respect this yr. He confronted some setbacks in his restoration course of, however saved battling by way of all of it with a optimistic mindset to finally put himself on this place.
Le Mars had their backs towards the wall after Reis and Dahm gained a 6-0, 6-3, doubles match over Ahlers and Meis, however Le Mars wasnt completed fairly but. Wingert and Kade Calhoun picked up a 6-4, 6-1 win over Vargas and Seuntjens whereas Baumgartner and Brown completed off the victory by taking down Leinen and Wyatt Johnson 6-3, 6-1.
Kaden Wingert and Kade Calhoun picked up an enormous win at quantity two doubles 6-4, 6-1. Wingert responded in an effective way after a troublesome singles loss, Struck stated. Jaxon Baumgartner and Ryan Brown took care of enterprise at three doubles successful 6-3, 6-1. This was the final match going towards Denison, groups tied 4-4, so all eyes have been on these two. I wouldnt have wished it every other manner – they’re at all times calm, cool, and picked up. Theyve been a pairing that I can rely on each meet in doubles.
After a brief relaxation, the crew started their state event by dealing with rival Spencer, the one crew to beat them in an everyday season meet in what was a 6-3 last.
The Tigers had crushed Kuemper Catholic earlier within the day of their substate match by a 5-2 rating.
The state quarterfinal match performed out equally to the substate battle for the Bulldogs with every crew incomes three singles wins. Nevertheless, the No. 7 rated Tigers prevailed by a 5-4 rating by successful two of the three doubles matches.
The Bulldogs took the highest three singles matches, however dropped the underside three. Incomes the primary win was Wingert at No. 1 by a 6-1, 6-0 rating over Charlie Steele. Ahlers claimed the No. 2 spot with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Sam Feldmann whereas Michael Meis gained by equivalent scores over Jackson Dewitt.
Kaden Wingert picked up his seventeenth singles win of the yr and Ahlers and Meis each continued to play their finest tennis of the yr, choosing up wins in singles, Struck stated. Each Ahlers and Meis misplaced to Spencer the primary time round. Im so happy with these two and the way they carried out.
Two of the three losses went to a 3rd set. At No. 4, Baumgartner dropped the primary set 6-1, however fought again for a 7-5 win within the second. His opponent, Landon Ellis, received the decisive third set by a 6-2 rating.
Brown gained the primary set 6-3 over his opponent Riley DeWitt earlier than dropping one by the identical rating. DeWitt pulled away for a 6-1 win within the third.
They each had among the longest rallies Id seen all yr, Struck stated. Jaxon was down 2-3 within the second set on serve when he began having critical cramping. He fought by way of the cramping the remainder of the match. Brown finishes the yr 11-2 in singles whereas Jaxon finishes the yr 10-3 in singles.
Wright dropped his match 6-0, 6-1 to Owen Kierscht at No. 6.
All the doubles matches have been tight.
Le Mars received their solely win at No. 3 as Baumgartner and Brown gained 6-2 and 7-6 with a 7-3 tiebreaker.
At No. 1, Ahlers and Meis performed Steele and Feldmann with all sides incomes a 7-5 win. Within the third set, the Spencer duo outlasted their opponent in a marathon of a match, successful the third set 7-6 with an 8-6 tiebreaker.
Wingert and Calhoun gained the primary set of their doubles match 6-2 earlier than dropping the following two by matching 6-4 scores to DeWitt and Ellis.
My coronary heart breaks for our guys, as they gave it the whole lot that they had right now, Struck stated. A loss like this stings. The Spencer twin was virtually 5 hours lengthy, in muggy, sizzling climate, and after enjoying a protracted twin towards Denison within the morning. Getting this near being one of many last 4 groups enjoying tennis is a testomony to the work this crew put in beginning on March 16. Whereas we fell simply wanting our last 4 purpose, I couldnt be any extra happy with the blokes on this program.
Le Mars finishes their season at 12-2 with each losses coming to Spencer who advances to the state semifinal spherical.
Whereas Wingert, Baumgartner, Brown and Wright graduate, the long run nonetheless seems brilliant for the Bulldogs as they are going to nonetheless return some varsity expertise and can name upon a JV group which went undefeated this spring to finish subsequent yrs roster.