It was two days late, but the Manhattan High boys’ tennis team finally opened its season on Thursday at the Washburn Rural tennis invitational.
Inclement weather postponed the tournament from its originally scheduled day of Tuesday. Despite the delay, the Indians got off to a solid start in the large meet that featured 10 schools.
Junior Adarsh Singh and freshman Bryan Armbrust were the singles players for Manhattan High, while Claib Harris and Sam Hong made up one pair of doubles, with Tyler Belin and Carter Nelson rounding out the group.
Both Singh and Armbrust finished the day with a 2-2 mark. Singh finished 13th in his bracket, while Armbrust ended his day in sixth place.
In doubles play, Harris and Hong finished 2-2 on the day for an 11th-place finish in the first bracket, while Belin and Nelson upset a top-seeded duo from Rural to finish in fourth place with a 2-2 record.
Overall, coach Chuck Kipp was pleased with the results.
“This was an excellent opportunity to get some new players varsity tennis experience,” he said. “All in all, the players played fairly well. The first tournament usually reveals areas that need to be a focus for improvement and this was no exception. We have a fine group of players with fundamentally good skills, but there are some aspects of the game that will be addressed in practice such as serving and overheads.”