CEDAR RAPIDS — Pleasant Valley’s doubles team of Nathan Barlow and Luke Brunsvold finished third in the Iowa Class 2A state tennis tournament Saturday and they had to defeat a very familiar opponent to do it.
Barlow and Brunsvold topped PV’s other doubles team of Mazen Alsheikha and Gavin Pangan 6-2, 6-3 in the third-place match on the final day of the tournament at the Veterans Memorial Tennis Center. Barlow and Brunsvold beat their teammates earlier this month in the doubles final at the district meet.
The Spartans also got a seventh-place finish in singles from Jake Dolphin, who split a pair of matches Saturday. Dolphin beat Johnston's Nicholas Launderville in his final match, 6-2, 6-3.
Barlow and Brunsvold suffered a 7-6, 6-2 loss to No. 1-seeded Quinn Monson and Kaden Taylor of Waukee in one of the semifinal matches in the morning while Alsheikha and Pangan dropped a 6-0, 6-1 tilt to the Iowa City West duo of Mukundan Katurirangan and Luka Chackalackal.
Monson and Taylor ended up defeating Katurirangan and Chackalackal 6-3, 6-3 for the championship.