Lynx boys put on a clinic in opening win

WEBSTER CITY – A strong doubles showing to open the meet gave the Webster City boys’ tennis team the confidence it needed to dominate once the dual moved to singles in gusty conditions yesterday at the WCHS courts.

The Lynx won two of the three doubles bouts and then put the hammer down in singles with five victories in six battles to cruise by Hampton-Dumont, 7-2, on the opening afternoon of the season.

“All of the singles played well … it was a good first meet to play other competition,” WCHS head coach Matt Manson said. “Both teams were very well matched for the beginning of the year. All of the matches were close and I was proud of how our team won the close matches.”

The doubles teams of Blake Nelson and Avery Hopp, and Ryan Godfredsen and Dakon Bergquist notched wins to put WCHS in front. Nelson and Hopp overcame a sluggish start and two-game deficit to cruise to an 8-3 victory. Godfredsen and Bergquist built an early lead and then hung on late for an 8-6 win.

Godfredsen, Hopp, Bergquist, Colin Hippen and Bryan Johnston all won their singles matches. Nelson suffered a 9-8 setback in the No. 1 match to Spencer Clark, as Clark took control of the tiebreak to win 7-3.

WCHS will travel to Clear Lake on Monday.