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Pioneers Advance to State Tennis Finals for 11 Consecutive Year

"At this stage of the season, if you lose you go home," explained Pioneer coach Steve Briggs. "Our guys aren't ready to put their rackets on the shelf. We have our sights set on something bigger," he said after the boys team racked up wins at the sub-state tournament last Saturday, May 23.

The Pioneers rolled through the morning match 5-0 against Camanche, then waited for nearly four hours while Pella battled Davenport Assumption in a 5-4 win that was decided by the final doubles match.

In the afternoon matchup at the Punj Courts, Maharishi School efficiently dispatched perennial rival, Pella, avenging their lone defeat in the process.

"It's never easy against Pella, and in many ways I feel for those guys because they're a senior squad. This was their last and best shot at the state finals," said Briggs. "We expected it to be close, but when I looked over the score sheet, it hit me that we didn't surrender a set in positions 1 through 5 all day. I'm proud of our boys. Win or lose, they play with a lot of heart."

Double winners for the Pioneers were Sam Stickels, Chandre Morales, Kai Vessey, David Wadsworth, and Daniel Zhu.

Next up for the Pioneers is the state individual tournament in Waterloo. Representing Maharishi School will be defending state champ Sam Stickels and the doubles team of Chandre Morales and Kai Vessey. 

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