Ripon netters fall to Reedsburg 4-3

Lucas Peppler prepares to return a volley as No. 1 doubles teammate Chris Lyke guards the net during their match Tuesday against Reedsburg.

The season opener for the Ripon High School boys’ tennis team may not have gone exactly how the Tigers wanted Tuesday.

But new head coach Jenna Rengo was proud of the effort.

The Tigers were edged 4-3 by Reedsburg in a home match.

They picked up victories in three of the four singles positions as Jonas Klank won at No. 1 singles (7-5, 6-4), Bjorn Hauge prevailed at No. 3 singles (6-1, 6-2) and Austin Keenlance pulled out a win at No. 4 singles (7-6, 6-3).

“I did get a little nervous when five of the matches finished about the same time and only one was a win,” Rengo said. “But shortly after, Jonas beat his opponent and Austin ended up with a win at No. 4 singles. I was hoping [to win the match] because I know my athletes are [very talented], but I am very pleased to end so close.”

One performance that stood out to Rengo from the meet, despite it coming in a losing effort, was that of the No. 1 doubles team of Lucas Peppler and Chris Lyke.

It lost its match 1-6, 2-6.

“Lucas and Chris were the highlight of the match for me, as far as quality tennis goes,” she said. “Chris was being very aggressive at the net, and was going for all the volleys ... That is the style I want from my doubles players ...

Read the full story in the April 10, 2014 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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