Maroons handle Bobcats, 10-1

Marshalltown’s momentum no match for No. 8 Dowling boys

T-R PHOTO BY THORN COMPTON • Marshalltown junior Luke McKibben makes a running backhand slash at the ball during his singles match in the Bobcats’ loss to CIML Iowa Conference foe Dowling Catholic on Tuesday.

The Marshalltown boys tennis team hosted Dowling Catholic on Tuesday in the second of three matches at home in the next four days.

After beating Grinnell on Monday, 9-2, the Bobcats were bringing some momentum into the showdown with the Class 2A No. 8 Maroons, but Dowling had too much for MHS to handle as it walked away with a 10-1 road victory.

Marshalltown head coach James Christensen said his guys played well on Tuesday, the Maroons (7-3, 4-0) were just better.

“Dowling played well tonight and seemed to have one more shot than we did in some clutch situations,” Christensen said.

The lone win of the day for the Bobcats (6-5, 2-3) came at No. 3 singles, where junior Luke Smith was locked in a battle with Eddie Bening. Smith won the first set 6-4 but dropped the second 6-1, setting up a third-set super tiebreakers. Smith kept his calm, however, and outplayed Bening in the third set, winning 10-6 and securing the match victory.


“Luke Smith played a very smart match, alternating between aggression and passivity, which really disrupted his opponents’ game,” Christensen said.

The only other set win came in the doubles matches, where Jack Gruening and Jacob Smith for the Bobcats took on Logan Cox and Donovan Chleborad for the Maroons at No. 2 doubles.

Gruening and Jacob fell down in the first set, 6-4, but came back and won the second, 6-3. They couldn’t maintain that momentum into the third set, dropping the tiebreaker 10-4.

Christensen said this loss may sting, but it’s not always bad losing to such a tough opponent.

“Losses can be learning experiences and we’ll certainly take some pointers form today and apply them going into districts,” he said.


MHS just has two matches left on the schedule before the district tournaments, and both are at home. Next up, the Bobcats host Des Moines Lincoln on Thursday, starting at 4 p.m., then they wrap the season hosting Des Moines East on Monday.

Dowling Catholic 10, Marshalltown 1

At Marshalltown


David Lu (DC) def. Luke McKibben, 6-1, 6-1

Jack Drey (DC) def. Jack Gruening, 6-3, 6-1

Luke Smith (MHS) def. Eddie Bening, 6-4, 1-6, (10-6)

Donovan Chleborad (DC) def. Jacob Smith, 6-0, 6-0

Michael Fraizer (DC) def. Joe Kennedy, 6-1, 6-1

Evan Schultheis (DC) def. Kadin Skala, 6-1, 6-3


Drey and Bening (DC) def. McKibben and L. Smith, 6-4, 6-2

Logan Cox and Chleborad (DC) def. J. Smith and Gruening, 4-6, 6-3, (10-4)

Faizer and Schultheis (DC) def. Skala and Jacob Eberle, 6-0, 6-0

Jack McGonegle and Bradley Meyer (DC) def. Kennedy and Reed Fricke, 6-4, 6-2

Ben Kinkor and Colin Triplett (DC) def. David Wahl and David Brintnall, 6-3, 7-5


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