Bobcat boys dump Newton with ease

The Marshalltown boys tennis team had some fun in its home opener on Tuesday evening, beating former conference rival Newton, 10-1, at the MHS Courts.

The Bobcats went 5-1 in singles action and then swept all five doubles matches in straight sets.

No. 1 Kalei Platt won his first match of the season with ease, taking down Ben Van Dalen 6-0, 6-0.

Austin Sowers won his No. 3 singles match 6-0, 6-3 over Alex Cron and Andrew Walker, Ryley Faircloth and Eric Weinberg also won their matches in straight sets.

Platt and Kade Vopava needed a tiebreaker to win their doubles match over Van Dalen and Jon Vitek in straight sets, while Sowers and Faircloth teamed up to win 6-2, 6-3 at No. 2 doubles against Cron and Brian Jones.

Tony Smith and Joey Smith swept their No. 4 doubles match 6-0, 6-0 and Vincent Zavala-Livengood and Beau Ragland also won easily, 6-0, 6-1, at No. 5 doubles.

The MHS boys will next host West Des Moines Valley at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Newton girls take care of MHS

NEWTON – Marshalltown girls tennis coach Dennis Paul thought the season opener against Newton would be a good litmus test for his Bobcats.

Unfortunately for Marshalltown, the test was too difficult to pass as the Cardinals won all but one match on the night during their 10-1 win.

Jenna Jaeckel won the only match of the night for the Bobcats at No. 6 singles. She took care of Sierra Griffith 7-6, 6-1.

Of Newton’s 10 wins, eight of them came in straight sets. Ashley Festy took her opponent – Holly Vander Pol – to three sets and the doubles team of Brenda Livengood and Kaelin Lents also lost in three sets.

The Marshalltown junior varsity ended up in a 5-all tie with the Cardinals.

Next up for the Bobcat girls is a trip to Pella Christian on Monday.