MHS tennis finishes third

By Grant Guggisberg

Last week’s trip to the Topeka High Invitational gave the Manhattan High boys’ tennis team a good chance to see some of the competition they’ll face in the coming weeks.

Between today’s Centennial League tennis meet and the weekend trip to regionals, Manhattan will see plenty more of the group they faced in Topeka last Wednesday.

The nine-team tournament featured league foes Topeka High, Topeka West, Washburn Rural and Junction City, in addition to Garden City, Derby, Maize, Lawrence Free State and Wichita East. Manhattan finished in third place as a team.

“This tournament was an excellent opportunity to see players from both the Centennial League and regionals,” Manhattan coach Chuck Kipp said. “MHS will compete against most of these teams in order to qualify for state.”

Originally scheduled for Monday, the tournament got better weather on Wednesday.

At No. 1 singles, Jake Seaton finished 4-1 on the day to take second. Dustin Hayes at No. 2 singles finished 3-2 and finished fifth.

In doubles, the No. 1 pairing of JT Turnley and Kirkland Lambert finished the tournament with a 4-1 record, falling only to Washburn Rural. They finished third overall. In No. 2 doubles, Ben and Matt Turnley also finished 3-2 to take fifth place.

“Manhattan played very well and finished behind Washburn Rural and Maize,” Kipp said.

Traveling today to Emporia for the league meet, the Indians will have their hands full. At the Topeka city meet last week, Hayden, Rural and Seaman all finished at the top of the standings. Rural has two high-quality doubles teams to deal with, while Hayden’s top singles players are both good.

The meet in Emporia was scheduled to start at 8:30 this morning.

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