The Maharishi School boys tennis team swept Burlington HS by a score of 9-0, keeping their perfect dual meet record in tact. “As a team, it was one of our better matches,” said Pioneer coach Steve Briggs. "We had 3 close matches and finished strong in each of them.”
The most entertaining match of the afternoon pitted Pioneer #1 Chandre Morales against Luis Warkentein, a hard hitting German foreign exchange student. Morales won a close tiebreaker to take the first set, then fell behind 3-0 in the second set before rallying with some superb net play to win the match 7-6, 6-3. Again and again, Chandre came up with spectacular volleys on key points. Warkentein, a fine player and a gifted athlete, is one of Burlington’s top soccer players. "Luis ripped a bunch of backhand passing shots only to see Chandre make acrobatic plays at net,” said Briggs. “Luis got a bit discouraged by Chandre’s clutch volleying."
After dropping the opening set, the Pioneers #2 team rallied to overtake the Grayhounds. Devan Burke and Daniel Zhu fought back to win the match in a deciding tiebreaker, 10-7.
Next up for the Pioneers is Iowa City West on Thursday.
Kai Vessey was the Pioneers most dominant player, earning Kai Pioneer Player of the Match.
#1 Chandre Morales def Luis Warkentein 7-6 (5), 6-3
#2 Kai Vessey def Zach Hull 6-0, 6-0
#3 Caleb Mulleneux def Adam Sheager 6-3, 6-1
#4 Daniel Zhu def Guy Thompson 6-1, 6-1
#5 Devan Burke def Kyle Miller 6-3, 6-0
#6 Karthik Venpati def LaShawn Wilson 6-1, 3-6, 10-7
#1 Vessey/Mulleneux def Thompson/Miller 6-2, 6-1
#2 Burke/Zhu def Hull/Sheager 4-6, 6-2, 10-7
#3 Morales/Venpati def Wilson/Mills 6-0, 6-0