Flaherty reaches 2A state semis

IOWA CITY — Micah Flaherty secured himself a spot in the Class 2A state tennis semifinals with a pair of dominating performances here Tuesday.

While rain pushed the 1A event back a day, players were able to hit the courts here at the Hawkeye Tennis and Rec Center.

Flaherty, a two-time medalist for Fort Dodge, earned the No. 4 seed in the singles draw. The junior will take on top-seed and defending state champion Kaden Taylor from Waukee Northwest at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

“I took care of business (Tuesday) which gives me the opportunity to have two great matches and see how I matchup against the best in the state,” Flaherty said. “I am super excited to be here but the job isn’t done yet.”

In the other semifinal, No. 2 Quinn Monson from Waukee meets third-seed Anthony Schulte of Cedar Rapids Prairie. All four players left won their two matches in straight sets.

“Micah had a great day,” FDSH head coach Scott Messerly said. “He came out, took care of what he needed to take care of and looked like the player he has all year.

“I am happy for him and excited to see what he can do Wednesday.”

Flaherty, who placed seventh in singles last year and eighth as a freshman in doubles, topped senior Ryan Kirkpatrick of Muscatine to begin his day, 6-1, 6-0. He followed with a 6-2, 6-1 triumph over junior Abhay Anil from Iowa City High.

Taylor, Monson, Schulte and Flaherty were all district champions. Taylor, who has committed to the University of Denver, and Monson, who will play for Gustavus Adolphus College, are both seniors while Schulte is a junior.

During the regular season, Flaherty went a perfect 14-0 with Taylor winning all eight of his matches. Schulte was 18-1 and Monson 17-1.


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