The North Polk boys’ tennis team traveled to Norwalk on Saturday to take part in the Saydel Invitation. Four teams — North Polk, Ballard, Saydel and Creston — competed in a series of dual meets, with each team playing a round-robin format, facing every other team one at a time. In their first meet, the Comets easily handled Saydel, winning all nine matches. In the second meet North Polk blanked Creston 9-0 as well. This set up the premier meet of the day between the North Polk Comets and the Ballard Bombers, who had also beaten each of the others by identical scores of 9-0 and 9-0. The meet was hard-fought, with Ballard winning 7-2.
Sophomore Isaac Larson went 5-0 on the day for the Comets, winning three singles matches and two doubles. Two of Larson’s games were the most heart-stopping of the day. In the first match, Larson partnered with Brennan Gering. The match was won by the Comets 9-8, with Larson and Gering taking the tiebreaker, 7-5. Larson’s singles match was a battle Ballard’s senior Chase Winterboer. The seesaw match went to 8-8 before Larson prevailed in the tiebreaker.
Junior Evan Moon was 3-0 for North Polk, playing at #1 singles versus three excellent players, including Saydel’s Zach Bobenhouse, Creston’s Walker Patterson and Ballard’s Caleb Hamerlinck. Ethan Knight and Gabe Laizure each finished the day with four victories and two losses. Carson Cupp came away with three wins and only one loss. Brenna Gering won three matches and lost two. Nick Bockenstad won two and lost two and Ben Ewing finished the day with two wins and one loss. All of the North Polk losses came at the hands of the very talented Ballard Bombers.
The Comets will welcome Saydel to Alleman for a dual meet on April 22 and host the North Polk Invitational on April 27.