Ball bounces Grundy Center’s way, Lynx boys fall

WEBSTER CITY – A bad break here and there, coupled with unforced errors at critical situations in matches turned a potential victory into a rather lopsided defeat for the Webster City boys’ tennis team yesterday at the WCHS courts.

Grundy Center pulled out four victories by one or two games and that was enough to give the Spartans the edge in a 7-2 win.

“We were in every match, but unfortunately we made mistakes to beat ourselves,” WCHS head coach Matt Manson said. “We have improved … but we need to play more consistently to overcome our mistakes.”

Andrew Straw and Blake Nelson gave WCHS (1-2) its lone doubles victory, as the Spartans jumped out to a 2-1 lead before singles play. The Lynx No. 2 team disposed of Ethan Hogle and Andrew Day 8-5.

It was more of the same once the pairs broke up; Grundy Center went 5-1 in singles and only WCHS No. 4 Dakon Bergquist stopped the Spartans from sweeping when he beat Dalton Haverkamp 8-5.

Grimshaw came close to success, but missed his chance in the tiebreaker (a 7-3 setback) in a 9-8 loss to Jarrett Stover.

“Overall I am very proud of the kids,” Manson said. “Tennis is a tough mental game and many people get frustrated and give up. There is no quit in these kids and the desire to get better will make them much better players by the end of the season.”