MHS takes third at Salina Central

By Joel Jellison

After seeing her team in singles and doubles action on Wednesday, Manhattan High boys’ tennis coach Joyce Allen got to see how everyone would play exclusively in doubles action on Saturday at the Salina Central Doubles Classic.

The Indians won eight matches to finish third in a tournament dominated by Salina Central, which won all 20 of its matches. Maize South was second with 11, Topeka West was fourth, Hutchinson was fifth and Topeka High was sixth.

The No. 1 doubles team for Manhattan consisted of Matt and Ben Turnely, who got off to a slow start before finishing on a high note. The Turnley’s lost to Topeka 2-8, Maize South 1-8, West 1-8 and Salina 1-8 before beating Hutchinson 8-5.

“I had to see things, here’s another thing again that I just had to see people,” Allen said. “I wanted to see how the Turnley’s played. I know now that they can play well. When they finally got it together, they played really well.”

The No. 2 team of Bryce Easton and Bryan Armbrust went 4-1 and finished in second in their group, winning their first three matches 8-5 over Topeka, 8-1 against Maize South and 8-1 with Topeka West. The duo lost 6-8 against Salina before beating Hutchinson 8-0.

“They had a good day and they should have won that Central match, they looked good,” Allen said. “I needed to see Bryce and Bryan, and man, they were smooth as silk. They played well together.”

Camden Adams and Jacob Richards made up the No. 3 group, and they finished the day 2-3. The pair opened with an 8-4 win over Topeka, before dropping a match with Maize South 7-8 (4). They beat Topeka West 8-4, and then dropped their last two matches 2-8 to Salina Central and 6-8 to Hutchinson.

“They had two matches they were clearly in and they were really disappointed to lose that tiebreak,” Allen said.

The No. 4 team of Matt Morgan and LaKith Ranaweera finished 1-4. The two lost to Topeka High 4-8 and Maize South 0-8, before beating Topeka West 8-6. Morgan and Ranaweera lost to Salina Central 0-8 and Hutchinson 5-8 to finish their day.

The Indians are scheduled to play in a quad on Tuesday at Washburn Rural.

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