The Decorah Boys tennis team kicked off the 2019 campaign in 34 degree weather at the Waterloo West Wahawk Invitational.
Final team scores were Cedar Falls 193, Waterloo Columbus 177, Decorah 109, and Waterloo West 93.
In singles competition each participant in the six flights of singles played 10 total games against the other three members of their flight. Each double pair competed in three flights, playing 12 total games against the other three teams in their flight. Finish position was determined by total games won in their respective flights.
Flight 1: Aidan Hunter took 2nd place.
Flight 2: Billy Lange took 3nd place.
Flight 3: Joe Holland took 4nd place.
Flight 4: Kaj SpencerBerg took 3nd place.
Flight 5: Rex Huinker took 4nd place (Default due to injury.)
Flight 6: Edwin Holyoake took 2nd place.
Flight 1: Aidan Hunter and Billy Lange took 3nd place.
Flight 2: Joe Holland and Kaj SpencerBerg took 4nd place.
Flight 3: Angel Pena and Will Schwarz took 3nd place.
"Cedar Falls was the best team at the meet. Aidan started off by destroying their #1 player by playing smart tennis. In the second round he met last year's District Champion from Columbus and didn't fare so well on the scoreboard, but overall Aidan played well in singles. Billy and Joe had trouble finding the center of their rackets against this competition. They showed flashes and improved through the day. Kaj stroked the ball well and had a great final round. Rex had rough luck and pulled a muscle in his back and had to retire. Angel got to step in and play exhibition for the final round and played well, defeating his opponent. Edwin actually beat each of his three opponents but not by a wide enough margin, hence ending up second. This was a good outing for his first serious foray into varsity competition," commented head coach Reg Laursen.
"Aidan and Billy played inspired doubles at times, but were not quite aggressive enough at other times. They tied the flight champions from Columbus. Even though Joe and Kaj took fourth they were one game out of second place. They ended playing their best at the end of the day. Will came along to support the team and because of Rex's injury got into the action and competed hard at three doubles. He and Angel tied each of their last two opponents," added Coach Laursen.
"Even though it was cold it was great for the guys to play a lot of games under competitive conditions. They all had flashes of greatness and now need to keep working toward greater consistency. Thanks to my volunteer coaches Matt Anderson and Brett Wilker for their great help and thanks to the Decorah crowd who braved the cold to support Decorah Tennis. Come support our home meet on Thursday," said Coach Laursen.