United Group Insurance

Thursday Tennis


April 29th, 2011 by Jim Field

Boys — Red Oak 8 Atlantic 1 at Red Oak

#1 Pete Walker 10 (R) over Mitch Leiferman 11 (A) 6-0, 6-1
#2 Derek Tjepkes 12 (A) over Matt Goracke 12 (R) 6-7(1), 6-3, 1-0 (5)
#3 Craig White 11 (R) over Blake Meneely 10 (A) 6-0, 6-1
#4 Jordan Nelson 9 (R) over Tyler Fischer 10 (A) 6-1, 6-1
#5 Dakota White 12 (R) over Noah Welter 10 (A) 6-3, 6-1
#6 Austin Streicher 9 (R) over Matt Cook 11 (A) 1-6, 6-3, 1-0 (4)

#1 Walker/Nelson (R) over Leiferman/Tjepkes (A) 6-7(6), 6-3, 1-0 (2)
#2 White/White (R) over Fischer/Welter (A) 6-3, 6-2
#3 Goracke/Dixon Nelson (R) over Cook/Branden Ballinger 11 (A) 6-2, 6-2

Boys JV winners — Singles Austin Conrad, Cody Ihnen, Jake Arneson, Rob Nichols; Doubles — Arneson/Nichols

Girls — Red Oak 8 Atlantic 1 at Atlantic

#1 Emily Pierson 12 (R) over Liz Metheny 12 (A) 6-1, 6-2
#2 Rachel Pierson 12 (R) over Shelby Svoboda 12 (A) 6-0, 6-1
#3 Brittany Walker 12 (R) over Carli Thornton 12 (A) 6-3, 6-2
#4 Morgan Allen 12 (A) over Paige Vannausdle 9 (R) 7-5, 6-4
#5 Zoey Baker 10 (R) over Sarah Schreiner 12 (A) 6-4, 2-6, 1-0 (11)
#6 Rosa Brunner 12 (R) over Tierney Kamies 12 (A) 6-1, 6-1

#1 R. Pierson/Walker (R) over Metheny/Svoboda (A) 6-1, 6-2
#2 E. Pierson/Brunner (R) over Thornton/Allen 6-1, 6-0
#3 Vannausdle/Baker (R) over Schreiner/Kamies 8-4

Girls JV winners — Singles Tori Dolch; Doubles — Dolch/Leah Tjepkes, Erika Lees/Hope Bowker, Sasha Barber/Alex Cole

Coach Shawn Petersen’s Comments —

Boys — Red Oak returns a very seasoned team that was very close last year to making a late run — I knew we’d have our hands full; Pete Walker at #1 is probably the #2 guy in the conference, and he showed why in 2 wins; Derek got a great win at #2 — Matt and Derek have been stalwarts in the conference for years now so not surprising they played so evenly; We kind of got buzzsawed at 3, 4, and 5; Matt Cook at #6 was up a set and in control, before getting too conservative and losing the lead and the match — we need him to play when ahead just like he did at the start and he’ll close those matches; Mitch and Derek had a set lead at #1 doubles before letting it get away — that was probably the most disappointing match of the night, b/c our top 2 guys should win a match vs their 1 and 4 — they’ll rebound, though.

Girls — Red Oak is who we thought they were — awfully strong at the top with pretty good depth at the bottom of their lineup — no real weak spots for them.  I thought Liz played outstanding all day, at one point having a break lead in the second and serving 30-0, but Emily caught fire and proved too much; Carli played a very smart match and had her chances against a tough Walker, who played very well — good match by both girls.  Morgan played very steady and smart — got her serves in and held serve I believe the entire match — good win for Morgan.  Sarah had match point on her racket but couldn’t close the deal — played hard and competed well against Zoey — I was proud of her efforts in singles.  At #6 Tierney ran into a girl from the Czech Republic, who was really on fire and never let Tierney establish any traction.  Girls got some tough duals coming up next week with trips to Shen and Harlan, so hopefully this dual will serve them well next week.