Ready for a dynamic season; seven netters with varsity experience back for Laursen
Thursday, April 03, 2014 9:05 AM
Experience should pay off for the Decorah boys tennis team this season.
Returning letter winners for the Vikings are, from left, kneeling - C.J. Cliff, T.J. Misseldine, Patrick Murphy. Back row - Gable Lonning, Brett LaRue, Ryan Hageman, Karl Sand, Caleb Ulring. Absent was Will Yahr. (Photo by Jennifer Bissell)
With seven athletes back with varsity experience, including substate play and two on the big stage at state, this could be the year Decorah gets back onto the courts for the state tournament.
Looking to lead the team to a strong season is Head Coach Reg Laursen, who in 14 years has compiled a 92-56 record.
A great run
Last year was full of fun for Laursen and the Vikes as they returned seven letter winners. Decorah put together a 6-4 dual record during 2013.
It all led up to tournament season for the Vikes. For the first time since 2007, Decorah won the district title, posting 28 points. That qualified them for the team substate. In the regional semifinal, Decorah fell to Dubuque Wahlert 5-2, ending the team season.
Individually, Decorah had three netters continue. Doubles pair Lucas Hunter and Gable Lonning went 3-0 at regionals to take first place, punching a spot at state. Ryan Hageman went 3-1 to finish second in singles play, also moving on. C.J. Cliff and T.J. Misseldine just missed earning a bid, going 3-1 to earn third.
Hunter and Lonning defeated Jake Arneson and Adam Wieser of Atlantic 6-0, 6-4 before dropping their last two matches at state.
Hageman started the tournament with a loss before defeating Pella’s Michael Schemm 6-2, 6-2. His season ended in the next round.
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