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Pioneers Fourth at Weekend Tournament

From The Fairfield Ledger -- By Michael Leach, Ledger

CEDAR RAPIDS — The Maharishi School boys’ tennis team went toe-to-toe with some of the best teams in the state Saturday at the Dave Meyer Warrior Invitational in Cedar Rapids.

The Pioneers finished fourth in the six-team field made up of much larger schools. Anchored by a runner-up finish from seniors Sam Arsanjani and Thomas Weiss in No. 1 doubles, Maharishi School tallied 114 points.

Iowa City West, which was the team champion at last year’s Warrior Invite, scored 188 points to run away with the title again. Cedar Rapids Kennedy and Cedar Rapids Washington were second and third, respectively, with 127 points each.

Arsanjani and Weiss, normally MSAE’s Nos. 1 and 2 in singles play, lost their opening No. 1 doubles match before winning their next three. The duo was edged 7-5 by Cedar Rapids Washington’s Adam Dellos and Kyle Appel in the deciding tiebreaker. The Pioneer pair won their three matches by scores of 10-1, 10-1 and 8-3 and scored 38 points.

Raphael Gelfand, a junior, and sophomore Surya Sawhney played No. 2 doubles for MSAE and won three of five matches while scoring 29 points. The duo posted victories over doubles teams from Decorah, Davenport Central and Cedar Rapids Kennedy.

Pioneer freshman Sam Stickels stepped into No. 1 singles and won three more matches to gather 26 points. After dropping his first two matches, Stickels was victorious in his last three, including a huge 6-5 win against Cedar Rapids Washington’s Blake Oetting in the third round.

Competing in the No. 2 singles field, sophomore Solaris Nite finished fifth with one win, a 10-1 match over David Polaschek of Davenport Central. Nite accumulated 21 points on the day.

The Pioneers aren’t done with the best in Class 2A yet. They travel to Iowa City to take on Iowa City West in dual action Thursday. West finished second in the Class 2A team tournament in 2011 and its entire lineup has returned.

“We know West is loaded. We look forward to playing them — it’s an excellent opportunity to improve,” said Pioneer head coach Lawrence Eyre.

Team Standings

1. Iowa City West 188, 2. Cedar Rapids Kennedy 127, 3. Cedar Rapids Washington 127, 4. Maharishi School 114, 5. Decorah 69, 6. Davenport Central 35

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