The Valley boys’ tennis team remained unbeaten with a 7-4 victory over Ankeny Centennial on Thursday at the Prairie Ridge courts. The Tigers won four of the five doubles matches after the two teams split the six singles contests.
“We knew we needed at least three wins in singles, which we got from Will Blevins, Sam Marold and Ryan Lofgren,” said Centennial coach Tami Lewton. “That was a huge win for Ryan and a really good match.”
However, Valley then dominated the doubles matches. The Tigers improved to 2-0 in the CIML Central Conference and 6-0 overall, while Centennial’s records dropped to 1-1 and 2-1.
The Jaguars’ lone victory in doubles came at the No. 5 spot, where Joel and Andrew Unick teamed up for a 6-3, 7-5 triumph.
“We thought we could win three of the doubles matches, but they were just too tough and we did not play our best doubles,” Lewton said. “While it was not the win we had hoped for, the meet was closer against (Valley) than it has ever been.”
Here are the match-by-match results:
Valley 7, Centennial 4
Singles–Blevins (AC) beat Schwob, 6-1, 6-1; Marold (AC) beat Galles, 6-0, 6-0; Lofgren (AC) beat Sura, 1-6, 6-3, 1-0 (9); Elmore (V) beat Densmore, 6-4, 7-6; Myneni (V) beat Cole, 6-4, 7-6; Thang (V) beat Tressel, 6-1, 6-3.
Doubles–Galles/Myneni (V) beat Marold/Lofgren, 6-2, 6-4; Schwob/Sura (V) beat Blevins/Cole, 6-3, 7-6; Elmore/Jensen (V) beat Densmore/Peterson, 6-4, 6-4; Carter/Oakley (V) beat Tressel/Carlson, 6-3, 6-3; J. Unick/A. Unick (AC) beat (names unavailable), 6-3, 7-5.