Ballard loses to Red Oak in 1A substate final to finish 7-1
WATERLOO – Ballard’s Ryan Vincent ended an excellent career with an 0-2 day at the Class 1A boys’ state singles and doubles tournament at Byrne’s Park Tennis Center in Waterloo Friday.
Vincent opened up against top-seeded Aaron Chalstrom of Fort Dodge St. Edmond. Vincent ended up losing in straight sets – 6-0 and 6-0 – to the eventual state individual champion.
In the consolation round, Vincent was swept by Alexander Punj from Fairfield. Vincent suffered a 6-0 setback in the first set and then he fought hard in the second before losing by a 6-3 score.
Vincent ended his career with a 34-20 singles record and a 35-19 doubles mark. He was a two-time state qualifier after making it in doubles play with Peter Rietgraf last season.
NORWALK – The Ballard boys’ tennis team ended the season with a 5-2 loss to Red Oak in the first round of Class 1A substate play May 18 in Norwalk.
The Bombers went 2-4 in singles play and then lost the No. 2 doubles match to end the meet before the Nos. 1 and 3 doubles matches were completed. The lost was Ballard’s only one of the season as the Bombers finished with a 7-1 record.
Joe Kruger and Brett Hull picked up the two Bomber victories. Kruger won the No. 5 singles match over Red Oak’s Tanner Johnson and Hull got by Hayden Berry in the No. 6 match.
Kruger won his first set over Johnson by a 6-2 score, and then came back from a 6-4 loss in the second to win the tiebreaker by a 6-4 margin. Hull swept Berry by scores of 6-2 and 6-3.
Taylor Bridgewater and Cody Fausch came close to victories in the Nos. 3 and 4 singles matches.
Bridgewater rallied from a 6-2 loss in his opening set with Red Oak’s Geoff Sellers in the No. 3 match. Bridgewater took the second set in a 7-6 battle, winning the tiebreaker by a 7-4 score, but he dropped the third set by a 6-4 margin.
Fausch bounced back from a 6-3 loss in his opening set versus Red Oak’s Austin Streicher in the No. 4 match. Fausch picked up a decisive 6-1 win in the second set, but he lost the third in a 7-5 battle.
Ryan Vincent and Fausch ended up on the losing end of the lone doubles match. They fell to Jordan Nelson and Johnson in two 6-4 sets.
Red Oak 5, Ballard 2
Singles: 1. Pete Walker (RO) defeated Ryan Vincent (B); 6-0, 6-0. 2. Jordan Nelson (RO) defeated Kordell Lettow (B); 6-2, 6-3. 3. Geoff Sellers (RO) defeated Taylor Bridgewater (B); 6-2, 6-7, 6-4. 4. Austin Streicher (RO) defeated Cody Fausch (B); 6-3, 1-6, 7-5. 5. Joe Kruger (B) defeated Tanner Johnson (RO); 6-2, 4-6, 6-4. 6. Brett Hull (B) defeated Hayden Berry (RO); 6-2, 6-3.
Doubles: 2. Nelson and Johnson (RO) defeated Vincent and Fausch (B); 6-4, 6-4.