Allen pleased with Indians’ start at Rural

By Joel Jellison

So far, so good for the Manhattan High boys’ tennis team.

Though it was an unscored team invitational, Indians’ coach Joyce Allen was pleased with her team’s showing at Washburn Rural to open the season Tuesday.

Camden Adams went 3-1 on the day to finish fifth, beating teammate Carter Nelson (2-2), who took sixth.

“I was beyond pleased,” Allen said. “Carter won his first match and lost his second in a tiebreak, so he had to play the fifth seed. He had a great day and Camden lost his second round to the overall winner, and only lost that 8-4.”

Beniah Gorman was 2-2 at No. 2 singles to finish 14th.

The No. 1 doubles pair of LaKeith Raneweera and Matthew Morgan took ninth after going 3-1.

The No. 2 doubles team of Justin Gittles and Jake Carlson was seeded 11th, but finished fifth after going 3-1.

Allen said Gittles and Carlson were tired going into the medal match, but playing for a medal gave them that extra push.

“The doubles — I was so proud of those guys,” she said. “They did such a good job. Both of them played well and I probably could have stuck that other doubles team in the No. 1 doubles group.”

The Indians will be back in competition in a doubles tournament on Saturday at the Salina Central Invitational.

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