Storm Lake's Jesse Munger's memorable season ended in the consolation round at the State Tennis Tournament in Waterloo Friday, but not without a battle.
Munger drew James Vandenberg, the #4 seed in the state and first-round upset victim, who had been undefeated in the regular season and will be the University of Iowa's prize freshman quarterback recruit in the fall. Munger won the first set 4-6, and Vandenberg took the second and third 6-4, 6-3 in a see-saw slugfest.
"It was a great match to see - two good all-around athletes going toe to toe," said Storm Lake Coach Ron Netten.
Munger had also had a rough first-round draw, losing to undefeated district champ Jeff Williams Jr. of Clarina 6-1 6-0. Rain forced the play indoors where the surface was much faster than Munger had played during the season.
"Jesse's senior season was one to be admired for his leadership and grit," Netten said.
Last year in his first experience playing competitive tennis, Munger started out just trying to break into the Storm Lake lineup, and a year later, he was playing against some of Iowa's best at individual State.
The senior plans to attend Morningside College. "His best tennis is yet to come," Netten suggested.