The Pierre T.F. Riggs Governors tennis team started their busy weekend of action on Thursday, as they hosted the St. Thomas More Cavaliers and Lennox Orioles at the Griffin Park Tennis Courts in Pierre.

The Govs first matchup of the day was against the Cavaliers. On the singles part of the dual, the Govs got two wins. Sophomore Phil Adam defeated senior Cullen Hill 10-6, and eighth grader Luke Leingang defeated freshman Baxter Meyer 10-7. The Flight 3 Doubles team of sophomores Grant Judson and Spencer Davis defeated Meyer and seventh grader Sam Mortimer 10-5. Overall, the Govs lost the dual 6-3.

The Govs second dual of the day went better for them as they took on the Orioles, who were playing in their first triangular of the season due to weather. The Govs go singles wins from Jace Wernsmann, Matthew Hanson, Phil Adam, Grant Judson, and Luke Leingang. They also swept the doubles matches, as the Govs got their first dual win since April 10 by beating the Orioles, 8-1.

Govs coach Steve Steele said that he thought the team did a great job overall.

“We knew it would be a close match with STM,” Steele said. “We just came up a few points from swing two matches in that dual. Both Phil Adam and Luke Leingang had a great day. The team did a great job of getting over the morning dual fast and holding off a very young and talented Lennox squad. We had two very competitive duals today, with two more coming tomorrow.”

The two duals that Steele referred to will be against Brookings and Madison as the team will travel to Madison for a triangular. Action on Friday will start at 12:30 p.m. The Govs will conclude their busy weekend by hosting Sioux Falls Christian and Rapid City Christian at the Griffin Park Tennis Courts in Pierre on Saturday. Action for that dual will start at 11 a.m.

Full Results for the Pierre T.F. Riggs Governors Tennis Team at Pierre Triangular-May 3

Govs lost to St. Thomas More 6-3

S1: Nick Lust (STM) defeated Jace Wernsmann (P), 10-3

S2: Will Raymond (STM) defeated Ryan Warne (P), 10-2

S3: Jake Berzina (STM) defeated Matthew Hanson (P), 10-3

S4: Phil Adam (P) defeated Cullen Hill (STM), 10-6

S5: Sam Mortimer (STM) defeated Grant Judson (P), 10-7

S6: Luke Leingang (P) defeated Baxter Meyer (STM), 10-7

D1: Nick Lust and Cullen Hill (STM) defeated Jace Wernsmann and Matthew Hanson (P), 10-5

D2: Will Raymond and Jake Berzina (STM) defeated Phil Adam and Ryan Warne (STM), 10-1

D3: Grant Judson and Spencer Davis (P) defeated Sam Mortimer and Baxter Meyer (STM), 10-5

Govs defeated Lennox 8-1

S1: Jace Wernsmann (P) defeated Tyler Plank (L), 10-3

S2: Jax Plank (L) defeated Ryan Warne (P), 10-5

S3: Matthew Hanson (P) defeated Kaleb Lunstra (L), 10-3

S4: Phil Adam (P) defeated Will Daugherty (L), 10-5

S5: Grant Judson (P) defeated Joseph Zacher (L), 10-5

S6: Luke Leingang (P) defeated Layn Lunstra (L), 10-3

D1: Jace Wernsmann and Matthew Hanson (P) defeated Tyler Plank and Kaleb Lunstra (L), 11-10 (7-1)

D2: Phil Adam and Ryan Warne (P) defeated Jax Plank and Will Daugherty (L), 10-3

D3: Grant Judson and Spencer Davis (P) defeated Joseph Zacher and Layne Lunstra (L), 10-6


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