MHS takes first at JC invite

By Joel Jellison

The Manhattan High boys’ tennis team had a successful day in its third meet in four days on Saturday, finishing tied for first with Lawrence Free State at the Junction City Invitational.

Both Manhattan and Free State finished the day with 14 team points to share the title.

The day was highlighted by a first-place finish by Dustin Hayes in No. 2 singles, as he went 5-0 and beat opponents from Free State, Junction City, Topeka High, Abilene and Salina South.

“Dustin had an impressive day,” MHS coach Chuck Kipp said. “One of his toughest matches he won in a tiebreaker and then from there he did really well. I don’t think he lost more than one or two of his games.

“It was good to see him perform like that because he is a junior and he will back next season.”

Kenton Hallowell took second place in No. 1 singles, losing his opening match to an opponent from Abilene. Hallowell finished the day with a 4-1 record.

Kipp said if Hallowell had played against the Abilene competitor at a different time, the match might have been different.

“He and Abilene’s player played in the first round, and that’s a tough draw,” he said. “I think he got better as the day went on and had they played later in the day I think it might have been different. It would have been better had he been able to warm up.”

The No. 1 doubles pair of Sam Hong and JT Turnley went 2-3 to finish fourth, while Claib Harris and Adarsh Singh were 3-2 in the No. 2 doubles to finish third.

Kipp said the team will not compete in its scheduled meet at Topeka High on Monday, at risk of having players reach their limit for tournaments played before the Centennial League tournament on April 30.

The team will resume play on Tuesday when MHS travels to Emporia, and won’t play again until the league meet.

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