The Manhattan High boys’ tennis team opened the season on Tuesday, taking nine players to Topeka for a 12-team meet at Kossover in Topeka.
After a 3-hour rain delay that included hail in Topeka, the teams finally got underway.
Although MHS coach Chuck Kipp said it was a tough start to the day, Kenton Hallowell made the most of it by going 3-0 to win the No. 1 singles bracket.
Hallowell entered as the No. 1 seed and beat two players from Seaman and one from Mill Valley.
Jake Seaton entered the No. 1 singles bracket as the No. 2 seed and finished third after an 8-7 (7-5) loss to a player from Seaman.
Dustin Hayes took fifth place in the No. 2 singles bracket after going 3-1 on the day.
Kipp said they had a nice day singles-wise.
“We anticipated Kenton doing what he did as the No. 1 seed, I think the closest match he had was 8-5,” he said. “Jake played really well and just lost a really good matchup to a guy that lost to Kenton in the finals, and Dustin played very well for not playing last year.”
Riley Ratliff and JT Turnley teamed up in the No. 1 doubles field and finished eighth out of 16 teams. In No. 2 doubles, Sam Rozell and Adarsh Singh finished out in fourth place. Claib Harris and Sam Hong finished in fifth place in No. 3 doubles action.
Kipp said the doubles teams still have plenty of room for improvement, and plenty of time to improve as the season progresses.
“We’re still kind of looking at pairings,” he said. “Our No. 1 doubles didn’t play as well as I thought they would, but they knew they didn’t play as well as they should. It was just a day where they weren’t clicking well.”
The Indians will compete in a doubles only tournament on Saturday at Salina Central, and Kipp said it will offer the chance for the doubles pairs to improve.
“Saturday will be a good opportunity to see some other pairings in doubles too,” he said. “So we will mix it up and see what we can do at Salina Central.”