Spirit Lake-Okoboji Team Tennis @ Carroll
The matches originally scheduled for Saturday May 18th were rescheduled for Monday May 20th in Carroll. Here are the results:
1A SUBSTATE FINAL - Spirit Lake-Okoboji defeated Denison 5-4 (winning this meet put Spirit Lake-Okoboji into the 1A Team State Tournament, their first appearance since 1999, and third overall in the program's history)
1. Drew Hickerson defeated Sean Moran 6-4,3-6,6-2 2. Nate Cornwall lost to Colin Reis 0-6,2-6 3. Ben Newman defeated Caleb Seuntjens 6-4,7-6(2) 4. Parker Zeman lost to Harrison Dahm 6-4,5-7,3-6 5. Drake Ditsworth defeated Chris Krajicek 7-5,3-6,7-6(2) 6. Cade Wagner defeated Austin Freese 6-3,6-2
1. Hickerson/Moran lost to Moran/Reis 2-6,1-6 2. Zeman/Ditsworth lost to Seuntjens/Krajicek 2-6,2-6 3. Newman/Wagner defeated Dahm/Freese 5-7,6-4,6-4
Later in the afternoon, Spirit Lake-Okoboji played in the first round of the 1A Team State Tournament against LeMars, who defeated Council Bluffs St. Alberts in the morning 5-3.
1A TEAM STATE TOURNAMENT, ROUND 1 - Spirit Lake-Okoboji lost to LeMars 3-5
1. Drew Hickerson lost to Zach Wingert 2-6,3-6 2. Nate Cornwall defeated Kaden Wingert 4-6,6-3,6-4 3. Ben Newman defeated Josh Pratt 6-1,7-5 4. Parker Zeman lost to Christian Owen 6-7(4),1-6 5. Drake Ditsworth lost to Matt Ahlers 0-6,2-6 6. Cade Wagner lost to Noah Wiltgen 3-6,4-6
1. Hickerson/Cornwall vs Z. Wingert/Pratt - DNF, 1 set all 2. Zeman/Ditsworth lost to K. Wingert/Ahlers 1-6,4-6 3. Newman/Wagner defeated Owen/Kutter Wright 2-6,7-5,6-4
Comments From SL-O Coach Dan Taylor:
It was incredible how all 4 teams at Carroll today were so evenly matched. Both meets in the morning were very tight. Our match with Denison came down to a win in the last remaining #3 doubles match, and LeMars came from behind at #2 doubles to make it past St. Alberts. Our guys played their hearts out in that first round against Denison. Denison hadn't lost all season, and their team is built similar to ours. Most of the matches were very tight, with four of them going the distance with a full 3rd set. Fortunately we were able to get 4 singles wins against them, so that we only had to get 1 doubles win. Their top 2 doubles teams are very solid, so Drake pulling out his 3rd set tiebreaker was crucial. Drew played a great match at #1, Ben was a warrior all day, going 4-0 while playing on an ankle he badly sprained last week in practice, and Cade also had a nice win at #6. It came down to Ben and Cade at #3 doubles, and they were able to pull out the last two sets to move us into the 1A team state tournament! This is the first appearance in the Team State Tournament since 1999, and only the 3rd appearance in the program's history (1996,1999). Our team state tournament first round meet against LeMars got off to a rocky start. Ben won at #3, but we lost the first set in the other 5 singles matches. And eventually we were down 4 matches to 1, going to 5, with only Nate and the doubles matches remaining, needing to win them all. We did make a run at it, as Nate won his singles, getting the remaining doubles matches on the court at least. We won at 3 doubles, getting the meet score to 3-4 instead of 1-4. In #1 doubles one of their players was cramping, and we won the first set, so the opportunity was there to sweep the doubles and come from behind. But we just couldn't pull out #2 doubles. Drake had a knee injury that significantly hampered his movement, but he and Parker did the best they could do, leaving it all out on the court. They were actually up in the 2nd set 4-1 until LeMars turned things around to pull out the match and advance to the final four in Des Moines. Making the Team State Tournament was a goal this team had all season long, and they accomplished it. And we were pretty close to going even further to the final four. That would have been fantastic - I remember well going as a player on this team myself in 1996. But we have to tip our hat to LeMars today - their singles play was just too good. Our guys gave it their absolute all; both Coach Profit and I are extremely proud of their effort, both today and all season long, and are so thankful to be a part of all they accomplished this season, as they not only made it to the team state tournament, but they were district champions, conference co-champions, and had four all-conference players at the conference tournament. One of the best years in the programs history - well done guys!!!