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Weber to state, MP stays alive

Panthers take third at district tournament, Weber finishes second in singles
May 10, 2018
Photo by: Andy Krutsinger Ethan Weber (left) returns a ball during the district championship match on Thursday evening after qualifying for state with a semifinal victory.

By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News

 

FAIRFIELD — The Mt. Pleasant boys’ tennis team continued to make waves on Thursday in Fairfield.

The Panthers had quite the day at the district tournament at Maharishi School. Ethan Weber punched his ticket to the state singles tournament later this month, and the Panthers stayed alive as a team by finishing third.

Mt. Pleasant used a great day in singles to score 13 points overall, which put them three points ahead of Fairfield for third place. They earned the right to play second-place Ft. Madison (15 points) in a preliminary substate match on Friday, May 11. Maharishi automatically qualified for substate play with a first-place performance, scoring 28 points.

Both the singles and doubles tournaments send two state qualifiers forward, but each player can only play in one tournament. Weber competed in the singles tournament and went in as the No. 1 seed.

Weber dominated all three matches. He began the day with a sweep of Davis County’s Luke Snyder, taking him down 6-1 and 6-0. Weber bounced Fairfield’s Noel Peterson 6-3 and 6-2 in the second round, which matched him up with C.J. DuPuis of Notre Dame-West Burlington with the state berth on the line.

“I wasn’t really nervous,” said Weber about playing with state on the line. “I was just prepared to work in the semifinals.”

Weber dominated his semifinal match with DuPuis, dropping the No. 4 seed 6-0 and 6-3 to move on to th finals and punch his ticket to state.

Corbin Broeker was one match away from state on the other side of the bracket. Broeker came in as the third seed and made his way into the semifinals.

Broeker had to work in his first round match, grinding out a 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 win over Noah Zmolek of Davis County. Broeker took out Fairfield’s Will Sheppard 6-1 and 6-0 in the quarterfinals, pitting him against second-seeded Daniel Zhu of Maharishi in the semifinals.

Zhu knocked out Broeker in the smifinals, sweeping him 6-0 and 6-0, which bumped Broeker to the third-place match.

Weber and Zhu traded punches for two sets in the championship match. Weber fell 6-4 and 6-4 to finish second in the district, but says he enjoyed the feeling of playing against another state qualifier.

“I love facing a challenge,” Weber said. “It’s so much fun having the ball come back over the net over and over again.”

Broeker picked up a 6-3 win over DuPuis in the third-place match. That result officially made Broeker the first alternate in case either Weber and Zhu can’t represent the district at state.

Mt. Pleasant also picked up some points in the doubles tournament. The team of Jaxon Hoyle and Jack Schimmelpfennig picked up a first-round win, knocking off the Davis County team of Matthew Liles and Kade Tharp, beating them 6-1 and 6-1. Hoyle and Schimmelpfennig were knocked out in the next round, losing 6-4 and 6-0 against Maharishi’s Karthik Vempati and David Zhang.

Donny Arledge and Elijah Plooster were also entered into the doubles tournament. That Panther doubles team dropped their first round match 6-0 and 6-0 against the team of Danti Cingeri and A.J. Greiner.

The Panthers will continue their journey as a team on Friday, May 11 in Ft. Madison. That preliminary substate match will begin at 3:30 p.m., with the winner advancing on to play in a substate on Saturday, May 19.

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