NP wins Comet Invite in boys’ tennis

Joe RandlemanStaff Writer

KNOXVILLE — The North Polk boys’ tennis team came up short in a dual with Knoxville Friday as the Comets suffered a 7-2 loss to the Panthers at Knoxville.

North Polk picked up one victory apiece in singles and doubles play. All-state performer Nathan Greiner had a hand in both victories.

In the No. 1 singles match Greiner swept Knoxville’s A.J. Jackson by scores of 7-5 and 6-3. In the No. 1 doubles match, Colby Cupp teamed with Greiner to down Blake McClug and Braden DeLong with a pair of 6-0 shutouts.

Cupp also suffered a close loss in the No. 3 singles match. He rebounded from a 6-2 opening-set loss to take the next set by a 6-2 score, but then lost an exciting 13-11 decision in the super-tiebreaker.

Knoxville 7, North Polk 2

Singles: 1. Nathan Greiner (NP) defeated A.J. Jackson (K); 7-5, 6-3. 2. Blake McClug (K) defeated Dustin Murray (NP); 6-1, 6-2. 3. Braden DeLong (K) defeated Colby Cupp (NP); 6-2, 2-6, 13-11. 4. Ben Wallace (K) defeated Grant Hauger (NP); 6-2, 6-0. 5. Cam Lison (K) defeated David Brudtkuhl (NP), 6-0, 6-0. 6. Tyler Wells (K) defeated Brant Russell (NP); 6-1, 6-4.

Doubles: 1. Greiner and Cupp (NP) defeated McClug and DeLong (K); 6-0, 6-0. 2. Wallace and Liston (K) defeated Murray and Hauger (NP); 6-1, 6-0. 3. Wells and Roberts (K) defeated Brice Tegmeier and Brudtkuhl (NP); 6-1, 6-1.

URBANDALE — North Polk won the North Polk Invitational at Walker-Johnson Park in Urbandale Saturday.

The Comets scored 135 points to beat out Des Moines North (99) for the team title. Des Moines East came in third with a score of 75.

North Polk’s Nathan Greiner won the singles tournament. Greiner blanked East’s Jerry Jones and North’s Binh Doan and Caleb Ostermann by 8-0 scores and he also picked up an 8-1 win over East’s Joey Rangel.

Jack Veber took fourth in singles play for North Polk. He edged Rangel by an 8-5 score, lost to Doan by an 8-4 margin and Ostermann in a 9-8 battle, then ousted Jones by an 8-4 decision.

In doubles play North Polk’s team of Garrett Houge and Colby Cupp took first.

Houge and Cupp whipped a team from Des Moines North by an 8-3 score and then defeated a team from East by the same margin. In their final two matches, Houge and Cupp knocked off another team from East by an 8-5 margin and beat a second North squad by an 8-3 decision.

Dustin Murray and Ben Lehman finished fourth in doubles competition for North Polk. Murray and Lehman defeated one team from East and another from North, and they also lost to separate teams from North and East to finish 2-2.