MHS boys take 2nd at Valley Invite

Kevin Strand and Nic Price

WEST DES MOINES — The Marshalltown boys’ tennis team got as much as you can ask out of a season-opening tournament.

The Bobcats opened the long-awaited spring season with an 11-0 sweep of Des Moines East before getting a true measure of their starting point, falling 8-3 to host West Des Moines Valley on Saturday.

Marshalltown scored second place in the four-team tournament while placing a pair of players on the all-tournament squad in junior Kevin Strand and senior Nic Price. Strand won both of his matches at No. 1 singles while Davis was 2-for-2 at No. 3 singles.

The Bobcats blanked Des Moines East in their opener, scoring all straight-set victories while never surrendering more than two games in a set.

MHS sophomore Jason Strand notched one of three singles shutouts for the Bobcats, beating East’s Andrew Lein by a 6-0, 6-0 score. Ethan Benscoter stifled Allen Hom at No. 4 and Nile Christensen got the same sweep at No. 6 over Anthony Chouangmala.

Four of Marshalltown’s five doubles wins over the Scarlets were shutouts.

Kevin Strand knocked off Valley’s top singles player Cam Johnson in straight sets, winning 6-4, 6-4, while Price needed a tiebreaker to put down Vyas Amalker at No. 3 singles, 4-6, 6-2, (11-9).

The Bobcats’ only doubles win against the Tigers came from senior Drake Stalzer and junior Colin Schmit in the No. 5 spot, as they outlasted Luke Berg and Eli Stahl 2-6, 6-3, (10-6).

Marshalltown heads back out for its first home meet at the school’s new tennis complex, hosting Southeast Polk on Tuesday.


At West Des Moines

Marshalltown 11, DM East 0


Kevin Strand (MHS) def. William Chhim, 6-1, 6-0

Jason Strand (MHS) def. Andrew Lein, 6-0, 6-0

Nic Price (MHS) def. Jaden Luong, 6-1, 6-0

Ethan Benscoter (MHS) def. Allen Hom, 6-0, 6-0

Drake Davis (MHS) def. Isaiah Fisher, 6-1, 6-0

Nile Christensen (MHS) def. Anthony Chouangmala, 6-0, 6-0


Strand and Strand (MHS) def. Chhim and Lein, 6-1, 6-1

Price and Davis (MHS) def. Luong and Chouangmala, 6-0, 6-0

Benscoter and Christensen (MHS) def. Hom and Fisher, 6-0, 6-0

Justin Melde and Gavin Jablonski (MHS) def. Clayton Berglund and Thomas Yang, 6-0, 6-0

Drake Stalzer and Austin Christen (MHS) def. Kyle Merfeld and Samuel Wagner, 6-0, 6-0

Valley 8, Marshalltown 3


K. Strand (MHS) def. Cam Johnson, 6-4, 6-4

Ishan Chawla (V) def. J. Strand, 1-6, 6-4, (10-8)

Price (MHS) def. Vyas Amalker, 4-6, 6-2, (11-9)

Rafe Axne (V) def. Benscoter, 6-4, 6-3

Beck Sissel (V) def. Davis, 6-0, 6-0

Hank Lucas (V) def. Christensen, 6-0, 6-0


Amalker and Axne (V) def. Strand and Strand, 6-4, 4-6, (10-8)

C. Johnson and Sissel (V) def. Price and Davis, 6-0, 7-5

Chawla and Tyson Trimble (V) def. Benscoter and Christensen, 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (7-2)

Lucas and Gavin Johnson (V) def. Jablonski and Melde, 6-3, 6-3

Stalzer and Colin Schmidt (MHS) def. Luke Berg and Eli Stahl, 2-6, 6-3, (10-6)


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