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Pioneers Win Triple Crown District Championship

Maharishi School boys' tennis team wins Triple Crown District Championship!  Maharishi School is a private day and boarding college preparatory school in Fairfield, Iowa.  We are an ideal boarding school location for families in the Quad Cities and the Midwest, but also have students from around the world!The Maharishi Pioneer tennis team pulled rabbit after rabbit out of the hat until they pulled the championship trophy out, capturing the most unlikely Triple Crown District Championship in school history.

“Pella had the higher seeds, the favorable draws, and the deeper team,” said Coach Briggs, “A month ago, Pella literally doubled our point total in their invitational. But you can’t quantify heart, will, and togetherness. At one point it looked like everyone was playing for second place. I thought we were playing the Pella Invitational, not district.”

The only predictable result was #1 seed, Kai Vessey’s demolition job as he cruised to the singles title without losing a game. "That’s 48 consecutive games won. I tease Kai that he’s ruthless, but I love it that he strives to play perfect matches,” said Briggs.  Maharishi School boys' tennis team wins Triple Crown District Championship!  Maharishi School is a private day and boarding college preparatory school in Fairfield, Iowa.  We are an ideal boarding school location for families in the Quad Cities and the Midwest, but also have students from around the world!

The doubles went equally well for Pioneer duo, Daniel Zhu and Devan Burke. “I felt our guys deserved the #1 seed, but the coaches had other ideas, and so we used a tough draw as motivation. Daniel and Devan played smart, gutsy, all out tennis for almost six hours today. That’s not so easy to do. They avenged an earlier loss to Albia and soundly defeated Pella (6-2, 6-3) and Knoxville (6-4, 7-5).”

The Pioneers unsung hero was Karthik Vempati, whose contribution earned him “Pioneer Player of the Match.” Karthik double-booked his day with district tennis in the morning and a trip to the national rocketry competition in Washington, DC in the afternoon. In the longest match of the tournament (over three hours), Karthik won a 6-3, 6-7, 7-5 thriller after being behind 5-0 in the 3rd set. 30 minutes later, he was on his way to the airport.

Karthik’s match earned two critical points for the Pioneers, which turned out to be the team's final margin of victory, Halfway through the tournament Pella’s point total was 20 versus the Pioneer's 12. "I thought we were completely out of the picture. No one expected Pella to lose all four of their semi-final matches.

Singles:

Kai Vessey (Maharishi) defeated Bryce Vinyard (IDavis County) 6-0, 6-0 1st place
Ani Tangallapalli (Pella) def Jordan Roozeboom (Pella) 6-4, 6-2 3rd place

Doubles:

Burke/Zhu (Mahiarishi) def Diaz/Jordan (Albia) 6-2, 6-3 1st place
Lauritsen/Reed (Pella) def Van Maanen/Leidigh (Pella) 6-0, 6-1 3rd place

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