Trying to play tennis Saturday morning at the Veterans Memorial Tennis Center was like hitting a ping-pong ball in a wind tunnel.
Under gale-force conditions, the Washington boys breezed by Jefferson 5-0 in a preliminary substate team match and moved on to play again next Saturday.
The Warriors will play Linn-Mar in a substate semifinal next Saturday at Kennedy. The winner of that match will face the winner between Cedar Falls and Clinton on Saturday afternoon at Kennedy for the right to advance to the state team tournament.
Gusty winds on the hill-top courts Saturday blew the ball about like a badminton birdie. Serves sailed into the backcourt, high lobs flew away and drop shots bounced every which direction.