It was a chilly day on Tuesday when the Waukee boys’ and girls’ tennis teams played in their first meets of the season. The Valley boys’ team qualified for the state meet last season and defeated the Warriors 7-4 in this seasons opener in Waukee. The Tiger girls’ beat the Warriors 6-5 in a tightly contested meet at Valley.
At the boys’ meet, Alex Johnson, a Waukee freshman and the Warriors’ new No. 1 player defeated Anders Jensen 6-1 and 6-0. Mac Delsol, the Warriors’ top returner lost to Valley’s Yasha Litvak 7-5 and 6-1.
Waukee wins by Sandeep Yeturu (7-5, 6-3) and Austin Grossman (6-3, 6-2) had the Warriors and the Tigers tied 3-3 after the singles matches had concluded.
The Tigers won four out of five doubles matches to secure the 7-4 victory over the Warriors. Yeturu and Tyler Kruzan won the only doubles match (7-6, 6-1) for the Warriors.
“The team played some outstanding tennis against perennial power Valley in a meet that came down to the wire in several matches,” Waukee coach Jeff Vaage said. “It’s an early season match so we would look forward to seeing them in the postseason with more time to prepare.”
In West Des Moines, the Warrior girls were in a 4-2 hole after the singles matches had concluded. Waukee’s Reilly Jacobson defeated Kelsi Peterson 6-4 and 6-4 in singles while Rachel Lienemann defeated Valley’s Sarah Thompson 6-1 and 6-2.
The Warriors won the first three doubles matches to gain a 5-4 advantage but lost the No. 1 and No. 2 matches en route to losing the meet 6-5.
The Waukee boys are back in action on Saturday at an invitation in West Des Moines while the girls will return to action on April 10 against Indianola in Waukee.