The Maharishi School boys' tennis squad defeated Keokuk 8-1, improving their dual meet record to 3-0.
“Our teams always seem to play better when the music’s right,” said Pioneer coach, Steve Briggs. “After an hour in the SUV, it's easy to start out a bit sluggish, but team DJ, Devan Burke, played some Sergeant Pepper on the drive down. It seemed to do the trick because the guys started fast and played relaxed all afternoon.”
At #1 singles, Kai Vessey overwhelmed senior Reade Reiter, setting the pace for the Pioneers. The Pioneers went on to win all six singles matches in straight sets. With Vessey sitting out of doubles, two of the three doubles matches came down to third set tiebreakers. At #1 doubles, Daniel Zhu and Devan Burke lost the first set, but bounced back to win a close match, 2-6. 6-4, 10-8. “Daniel and Devan picked it up after the first set. They played a lot freer,” said Briggs. “Doubles is all about chemistry and making good decisions. Devan and Daniel trust each other out there."
“Kai’s been struggling with a sore shoulder and we weren’t sure if he would play today, but he dominated a solid opponent” said Briggs.
Kai Vessey is our "Pioneer Player of the Match.”
Saturday the Pioneers travel to Pella. “I’m counting on Devan getting the music right again,” said Briggs.
#1 Kai Vessey def Reade Reiter 6-1, 6-1
#2 Daniel Zhu def Dylon Hoewing 6-3, 6-2
#3 Devan Burke def Peyton Skender 6-0, 6-4
#4 Karthik Vempati def Gauge Stice 6-3, 6-4
#5 Kevin Fan def Michael Simpson 6-1, 6-2
#6 David Zhang def Cole Price 6-0, 6-2
#1 Zhu/Burke def Reiter/Skender 2-6, 6-4, 10-8
#2 Fan/Zhang lost to Hoewing/Stice 1-6, 6-2, 10-7
#3 Vempati/Wang def Simpson/Price 8-3