The Union Knights boys tennis team hit a rough patch this week, dropping three straight matches to bring their record to 3-5 overall.
Before their recent struggles, it appeared as if the team was turning a corner. The boys won their match on Monday, April 23, at South Tama High School. Using good weather to their advantage, the boys racked up a shutout victory by winning all nine matches played.
In first and second singles, Robert Leipold and Rick Bauer both won their matches by a score of 10-1. Casey Tecklenburg won his third singles matchup against Britton Waldo by a score of 10-3. After Cole Pippert put away Junior Anaya 10-1, Chris Ribble and Joel Wauters won their fifth and sixth singles matches by forfeit.
The team fared even better in doubles, dropping just one game in the two matches they played. Leipold and Bauer competed out of the first doubles slot and shut down the competition 10-1. Pippert and Tecklenburg won their second doubles match 10-0. Wauters and Ribble won by forfeit.
MVP of the meet was Cole Pippert, who lost only one game in his singles and doulbes matches combined.
The meet was the last bright spot for the Knights, who followed up that impressive performance with a 0-9 team defeat at the hands of Waverly Shell Rock. Between them, the Knights won only six games in singles play, with the opposition racking up 60 games. Chris Ribble was the only Knight to record three victories in singles action.
In doubles play, Leipold and Bauer were the only tandem to record three victories in the match. Leipold was named meet MVP.
Following the drubbing at the hands of Waverly, the boys were back at it on April 26th against Northern University High. Despite the two-day layoff and the chance to regroup, the team was again shut out by a score of 9-0.
Austin Pauling won three games in the first set of his singles match, but like four of the other six singles players, he dropped the second set without posting a single victory. Pauling was named MVP of the meet for his performance. Joel Wauters was the only Knight to win a game in his second set.
As the calendar changed over, the new month brought more misery for the Knights as they fell 9-0 to Oelwein. Rick Bauer was named the meet's MVP after posting three victories out of the second singles slot. The third doubles tandem of Cole Pippert and Chris Ribble did manage to win five games in their set.
The final regular season meet for the boys was on Tuesday, May 8. The Knights will participate in district action on Thursday, May 10. Check back with the Dysart Reporter for updates as the season winds down.