Spirit Lake Okoboji Tennis Wins Against Storm Lake

Wed 5-7-2014

I was really happy with the way the girls handled the wind. I thought Rebecca Owens played well tonight and is really starting to make more adjustments as she plays.
Also our doubles play keeps getting better. Our number one team of Olivia and Natalie do a great job of extending points and waiting for their opportunity to put balls away. I thought that Mallory Luers looked good in doubles tonight. Something that I've noticed that's different from last year is our ability to put our opponents away when we have a lead. We just let to many teams back in matches last year, but with a years experience we seem to be better at closing out matches.
-Coach Bob O'Hara

Boys Varsity: SL-O defeated Storm Lake 5-4

1. Michael O'Brien d. Ross Dewerff 5-7, 6-4, (10-3)
2. Ryley Smith d. Caleb Hinners 6-1,6-0
3. Hunter Andreason lost to Jake Luedtke 6-7(4), 5-7
4. Will Fuelberth lost to Brett Dewerff 6-3,4-6, (0-10)
5. Jason Thorn lost to Danny Souksay 2-6,2-6
6. Tully Reed lost to Tanner Hoops 7-5,2-6, (6-10)

1. O'Brien/Smith d. Dewerff/Dewerff 6-2,6-3
2. Andreason/Reed d. Luedtke/Souksay 7-6(5), 6-7(4), (10-6)
3. Fuelberth/Thorn d. Hinners/Hoops 6-3,6-2

JV: SL-O lost to Storm Lake 4-5

#1 Nick Goodenow d. Jacob Stevenson 9-8 (8-6)
#2 Calvin Fisher lost to Justin Nera 7-9
#3 Dan Chapman d. Jack Sengnalivong 8-4
#4 Cody Johnson d. Adam Somphanthabansouk 8-6
#5 Kyle Kueper lost to Micheal Redenbaugh 7-9
#6 Matthew Fuelberth lost to Raymond Khothisen 4-8

#1 Fisher/Chapman d. Stevenson/Nera 8-6
#2 Goodenow/Johnson lost to Seng.&Somp. 6-8
#3 Kueper/Dylan Lende lost to Redenbaugh/Khothisen(5&6)4-8

Both the varsity and JV matches were really about as close as they could be. They both came down to just a couple points here or there. In the varsity singles, Michael and Ryley played terrific matches, while we struggled a little more at the bottom of the lineup. We seemed a little slow in our footwork and reflexes at times, and that could have been related to playing long matches back-to-back days. We didn't get wins in 3-6 singles, but the bright side is that even though those guys didn't play their best, we were still extremely close to winning in 3 of those 4 matches, as Hunter lost in 2 close sets, and both Will and Tully split sets and lost in deciding tiebreaks. So after the singles we knew what we needed to do - sweep the doubles. I actually did like our chances of doing so - we have played great doubles throughout the season, and the guys really stepped up tonight and got the job done. We had very comfortable wins at #1 & #3, while #2 doubles was literally jdecided by just a point or two here or there. Hunter and Tully did a great job pulling through for a couple of reasons. One is that it was their first time playing together, so they did a great job getting used to each other as they went. And secondly, the match was so long we were really running out of daylight, to the point that the spectators couldn't even see the ball anymore. The deciding tiebreak really came down to just getting serves in, because even seeing for a return was near impossible. I'm proud of how the guys came from behind and pulled out a win, even when they weren't all playing their best. That gets the team record up to 4-2, and after working on a few things in practice tomorrow, I'm excited to see if they can lift their game and turn the tables on a LeMars team that beat us the first time we played.
-Coach Dan Taylor