Thursday, December 22, 2016

Wet start doesn’t dampen Hawkeye tennis as varsity wins own tourney

No. 3 singles winner Justin Overhiser smashes a forehand in his match.

When a 10-minute rain shower dumped enough water on the Hamilton courts Saturday morning to make them unusable for the Hawkeyes’ weekend tournament, No. 4 doubles player Grant Wolfram stepped forward with a good idea.

Normally, players use squeegees to push water off the court.  However, Wolfram had additional help in mind.

His family owns Wolfram Lawn Service, so within minutes, Grant and the rest of the team went to work using not just squeegees, but also leaf blowers to help dry off the courts.  The rain delayed the tournament start by more than an hour.

Despite the extra effort the Hawkeyes had to put into preparation, they still came out on top with all eight flights advancing to the finals.

Playing eight-game pro sets, Hamilton’s doubles teams swept all four flights, while three out of four singles players also won their final matches for the Hawkeyes.

Winning their matches in singles were No. 1 Justin Folkert 8-6, No. 2 Sean Thompson 8-3, and No. 3 Justin Overhiser 8-3.

Greenville’s Marius Elbs took the No. 4 singles flight with an 8-3 win over Justin Genther.

In doubles, No. 1 team of Nate Tubergen and Ben Pikart won 8-3, the No. 2 team of Andrew Prins and Brent Taratuta won 8-1, No. 3 Eric Selle and John Garvelink won 8-2, and No. 4 Grant Wolfram and Blake DeWitt won 8-0.

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