CEDAR RAPIDS — The quest for another championship caliber season began over the weekend for the Fairfield Maharishi boys tennis team.
Facing a tough field and tough elements at the Cedar Rapids Washington “Warrior Challenge,” the Pioneers battled their way to a second-place at Veterans Memorial Tennis Center in Cedar Rapids, scoring 113 points in the tournament. Washington won their home tournament with 129 points.
With winds gusting up to 30 miles an hour, MSAE head boys tennis coach Steve Briggs talked about just how tough it was to play tennis on Saturday.
“Baseball caps were being swept off the players’ heads,” Briggs said. “Routine shots required total focus.”
Sam Stickels, a third-place finisher in state singles play last year, finished a strong second against a field that included some of the largest high schools in the state. Stickels first day this season on the court included a narrow come-from-behind win over Jackson Hoyt, Cedar Rapids Washington’s top player.
Maharishi’s No. 2 doubles team, Girindra Selleck and Chandre Morales, dominated their flight to capture the other first place medal for the Pioneers. The Pioneers No. 1 doubles duo, Surya Sahwney and Solaris Nite, finished second behind Cedar Rapids Washington.
In the No. 2 singles flight, Dave Fleshman captured third place, winning his final match after being a point away from losing.
PREP BOYS TENNIS
Cedar Rapids Washington Warrior Challenge
Team Totals: 1. Cedar Rapids Washington 129, 2. Fairfield Maharishi 113, 3. Decorah 78, 4. Cedar Rapids Jefferson 74, 5. Davenport Central 44.