DES MOINES — Creston/O-M won seven of 11 matches and ended up with 13 points in second place at the Saydel Invitational tennis tournament held Saturday at Waveland courts near Roosevelt High School.
Panther coach Kevin Cooper said his team fell short of its goal for the day. But an upset loss by the No. 1 doubles team in the finals, and illness taking down Garret Taylor in the middle of the tourney made it difficult to keep pace with champion Ballard, which finished with 20 points.
Garret Taylor won his first singles match, but had to forfeit the second one because of illness.
The Panther senior duo of Colby Taylor and Bryce McIlravy was unable to defend the doubles title in the tournament, falling to Ballard’s Cordell Lettow and Taylor Bridgewater in the finals, 10-4. Earlier, Taylor and McIlravy breezed with 10-1 and 10-3 victories.
“Today did not end the way Colby and Bryce wanted it to,” Cooper said. “They won the tournament last year and came in today obviously wanting to win it again. They struggled with consistency on both their serving and volleys.”
The other doubles team of Jacob Caviness and Ryan Cook rebounded successfully from a first-round loss to Lettow and Bridgewater.
“Today was a good day for Jacob and Ryan.” Cooper said. “It was their first varsity tournament. They lost early on to the eventual champions, but came back and played well in winning three straight matches.”
Adam Bochart, seeded fifth, took third place by splitting two matches and advancing past Garret Taylor after Taylor withdrew.
“It was a really good day for Adam,” Cooper said. “In the first round he beat the No. 4 seed pretty easily (10-4). In his second match he played real well and had his chances to win against the No. 1 seed, Ryan Vincent of Ballard, who ended up winning the tournament.
“It was a really unfortunate situation for Garret today,” Cooper added. “He became ill between his first and second matches. He started his second match, but was unable to complete it. He’ll have another chance to play these same kids at districts coming up in a few weeks.”
Team scoring — 1. Ballard 20; 2. Creston/O-M 13; 3. North Polk 12; 4. Saydel 8; 5. Chariton 2.
Garret Taylor (Cr) def. Brett Hull (B), 10-4; Greiner (NP) def. Taylor by default.
Adam Bochart (Cr) def. Kris Bower (NP), 10-4; Ryan Vincent (B) def. Bochart (Cr), 10-7; Bochart by default over Taylor for third place.
Colby Taylor-Bryce McIlravy (Cr) def. Landon Manfull-Nathan Carlin (B), 10-1; Taylor-McIlravy (Cr) def. Michael Rinnathe-Landon Schussler (NP), 10-3; Cordell Lettow-Taylor Bridgewater (B) def. Taylor-McIlravy (Cr), 10-4, for championship.
Cordell Lettow-Taylor Bridgewater (B) def. Jacob Caviness-Ryan Cook (Cr), 10-2; Caviness-Cook (Cr) def. Hunter Storm-Quin Storm (Ch), 10-3; Caviness-Cook (Cr) def. Chase Fletcher-Ryan Jones (Ch), 10-4; Caviness-Cook (Cr) def. Brandon Anderson-Zack Medoza (NP), 8-6.