Blue Jay tennis captain Isaac Mimong has secured the No. 2 seed heading into the state tournament in Grand Forks on Thursday, Oct. 10.
The senior competed against Bismarck Century's Mason Pitcher in the West Region singles championship match on Saturday in Bismarck, falling 6-2, 6-1. Mimong got past Bismarck Legacy's Sean Joyce 6-1, 6-0 in the conference semifinals.
"It was a tough match and he played really, really well," JHS head coach Bryan Edens said, in regard to the finals. "He wasn't able to win but he got that second seed going into state, so that's a really good accomplishment. Hat's off to him."
Mimong said a spot at the state tournament has been a goal all season. He reached the state singles tennis tournament last October but lost his first two matches.
Mimong has taken nine single matches at the No. 1 spot for the Jays this fall. He's also won four doubles matches this season.
"I think I played pretty well today," Mimong said. "There were some things that I could improve but I’m happy with how I played. I feel like I was hitting the ball well. I’d like to maybe improve on just being more consistent and being conscious of when to attack and when not to."
Mimong noted the one thing he is most excited about next week is finishing out his senior season with the rest of the Blue Jay tennis team at state.
Jamestown is scheduled to face Grand Forks Red River on Thursday at Choice Health and Fitness in Grand Forks. Red River is the No. 1-ranked team in the East at 15-0 overall and 9-0 in the EDC. The match time is to be determined.
"Hopefully (Mimong) will lead us through a few rounds as a team, and hopefully help himself in singles too," Edens said. "He's becoming more consistent. He's getting a lot of power, he's able to place shots and he's just able to stay calm in high-pressure situations which is going to serve him well coming up."
Jamestown's doubles team of Ryder Pringle and Gage Orr will also be appearing at the state doubles tourney next week. Pringle and Orr topped Minot's Zach Renaud and Adian Diehl 6-1, 7-6(2) in consolation play, but fell to Mandan's Ben Gartner and Colby Wolf 6-3, 6-1 in the consolation championship match.