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Manhattan goes 11-1 to dominate home tennis quad

By Grant Guggisberg

Any time you can win 11 matches in a quadrangular tennis meet, it’s a good day.

Hosting Marysville, Highland Park and Junction City at City Park on Tuesday afternoon, the Manhattan High boys’ tennis team did just that, going 11-1 on the day while putting together several dominant performances to win the meet with ease.

The Indians got 3-0 performances from Camden Adams at No. 1 singles, Bryan Armbrust at No. 2 singles and the doubles pairing of Jonathan Turnley and Carter Nelson at No. 1 doubles. Justin Gittles and Jake Carlson finished 2-1 on the day at No. 2 doubles.

Manhattan head coach Joyce Allen said the results were encouraging, especially considering she is still sorting out who will play at which positions for the majority of the season.

Kirkland Lambert, who didn’t play Tuesday, is a lock at No. 1 singles, but the No. 2 singles position is still unsettled with several players showing promise. Allen said she’s also still trying to determine who will best complement the play of Turnley in doubles.

“I’m hopeful practice will help me answer some questions before next Thursday,” Allen said. “We have nine days before our next match to figure some things out.”

For the singles players, the toughest test of the day came from Marysville.

At the No. 1 position, Adams beat Tanner Wright 8-4, while Armbrust at No. 2 singles defeated Jacob Drey, 8-3.

“I was happy to see Camden and Bryan at singles,” Allen said. “Both really did a nice job. I saw what I wanted to see. The competition wasn’t real challenging, but I got to see those two boys.”

In doubles, the tough matches came against Junction City. Turnley and Nelson won 8-3, while dropping their only games of the day to the Blue Jays, while Gittles and Carlson lost 8-3 in a tough match.

“Justin and Jake were doing OK, but for some reason, they just had a few problems serving and keeping the ball in play in the match against Junction City,” Allen said. “And I’m sure they would have loved to play them again. So they felt like they beat themselves in that match. But Junction rose to the occasion and they played well — I don’t want to take anything away from them.”

Manhattan has a long layoff before traveling to Salina South for a meet at 3 p.m. on April 24.

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