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).
Maharishi School 3rd
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