Girls struggle in pair of meets, boys top Spirit Lake but lose to rival Spencer
The Storm Lake boys defended their hometown courts at Buena Vista University Monday night with a 7-2 win over Spirit Lake-Okoboji.
Senior all-conference player Jesse Munger was edged 10-6 in a #1 singles battle with Scott Maudlin of SLP, but the balance of the Tornadoes swept through their matches with wins by Erick Stephas, Taylor Anderson, Jeremy Boese, Will Hansen and Cory Nelsen.
Boese was a perfect 6-0 on the season in singles, with Stephas, Anderson and Nelsen each with only one loss.
Spirit Lake-Okoboji claimed the #1 doubles match in a good 10-8 fight, Storm Lake won the second in an 11-9 struggle, and the third easily 10-0.
The next day, Storm Lake hosted the powerful Spencer team that had edged the Tornadoes out in the conference meet last weekend.
Consistent Spencer play, combined with some unforced errors, gave Spencer a 7-2 win.
Senior Cory Nelsen was the only singles winner for Storm Lake, 10-2 in the #6 slot. Nelsen combined with Will Hansen to win #3 doubles 10-7.
At 5-2, coach Ron Netten still likes where his team sits headed into post-season action.
"This team gives no one breaks," he said. "When another team makes a run, our experience finds a way to meet it. Hopefully we can come away from the Spencer meet learning from this and be ready to go to work."
Spencer pretty much wraps up the Lakes Conference dual championship, as they remain undefeated. Storm Lake has a meet left with Spirit Lake on May 6 and then moves into Districts May 10.
The Storm Lake boys JV won 9-0 over Spirit Lake-Okoboji and lost a battle 5-4 to Spencer, to stand at 4 and 3. Andy Storm, Keaton Murphy, Vista Souvandy, Jesse Kavan, Richy Khamsouk and Carson Anderson all won singles matches in the first meet; Kavan, Khamsouk and Anderson in the second.
* The Storm Lake girls came in fourth in the Lakes Conference Tennis Meet April 26, behind Spirit Lake, Spencer and LeMars.
In #1 singles round-robin play, Abby Smith finished fourth for the Tornadoes, and sister Kelly Smith placed second in #2 singles.
The #1 doubles team of Morgan Rauch and Dah Khamphavonga was fifth, and the #2 doubles team of Amanda Hembrecht and Amanda Kavan was sixth. Game scoring was not available.
Spirit Lake rained on the Storm Lake girls' parade on Monday night, with an 8-1 match score at Spirit Lake.
Tornado senior Abby Smith had the only singles win for SLHS, with an impressive 10-1 match at #2 singles. Spirit Lake won the rest of the matches easily, sweeping through the doubls 10-2, 10-2 and 10-1.
On Tuesday, the girls were in Spencer for a dual match, where the Tigers won 8-1, although Storm Lake's Abby Smith put up a good fight in a 10-8 singles match, and Linda Her stretched her match to 11-9. Storm Lake's lone win came in the #2 doubles, where Morgan Rauch and Dah Khamphavongsa won in a tie breaker. The JV was defeated 9-0.
Storm Lake is now 1-6 on the season.