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Maharishi School Boys Tennis Place Third At Pella Invitational

Broad swaths of yellow, red, and purple tulip blossoms decorated Pella’s town square, and tourists lined the sidewalk, waiting to purchase pastries at popular Dutch bakeries. A few blocks away at Caldwell Park, eight teams competed in the Pella Invitational, an annual event hosted by the Dutchmen.

“It’s been a tough week for illness, but better now then in three weeks,” said Coach Briggs, “I got a message this morning that one of top players couldn’t play, so we were short-handed. Still, we had an outside chance to win the event. As it turned out, we tied for 3rd as a team and Chandre breezed through the singles draw losing just 5 games in 4 matches. The boys played a total of 12 matches today and won 10. The two matches we lost were tight (9-7 & 8-6).

Team Results
Boone 1st
Pella 2nd
Maharishi School 3rd
Grinnell 3rd
Albia 5th
Oskaloosa 6th
South Tama County 7th
Pella II 8th

Chandre Morales was our Pioneer Player of the Match.

Chandre Morales def. Caden Burkamper (Boone) 8-1
Chandre def. Isaiah Martin 8-1
Chandre def Jonah Benning-Short (Grinnell) 8-1
Chandre def Drew Troe (Boone) 8-2

Vessey/Venpati def Pella I 8-1
Vessey/Venpati def Boone 8-6
Vessey/Venpati def Albia I 8-1
Vessey/Venpati lost to Pella II 8-6

Zhu/Burke def Oskaloosa 8-1
Zhu/Burke def Pella 8-0
Zhu/Burke def Albia II 8-4
Zhu/Burke lost to Albia I 9-7

Kai Vessey and Karthik Venpati finished 5th place overall in doubles
Devan Burke and Daniel Zhu finished 7th place overall in doubles

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