MHS tennis takes 2nd at Rural

By Grant Guggisberg

The Manhattan High boys’ tennis team traveled to Topeka for a quadrangular meet at Washburn Rural on Tuesday, taking second place as a team.

The Junior Blues finished on top with eight points, with the Indians taking second with seven points. Topeka High had finished with five, with Topeka West rounding out the team scoring with four points.

At No. 1 singles, senior Jake Seaton finished the day 2-1, beating both Rural and Topeka High, but falling to Austin Davids of Topeka West. Davids took ninth in singles last year at the Class 5A state tennis meet and will attend Emporia State next year for tennis.

“(Seaton’s) only loss came against a very talented Topeka West player,” Manhattan High head coach Chuck Kipp said. “This was Jake’s first 2013 outing and was an opportunity to play a quality opponent in a competitive environment.”

In No. 2 singles, senior Dustin Hayes finished the day 3-0 to win his division.

“Dustin played with confidence and will be a factor in league and regional play,” Kipp said.

In doubles, the No. 1 pairing of Kirkland Lambert and Jonathan Turnley finished the day 1-2, beating Topeka High but falling to Rural and Topeka West.

“The two played well and are improving,” Kipp said. “They will contend for an opportunity to play at the state tournament if they continue to develop their games.”

In No. 2 doubles, Carter Nelson and Tyler Belin finished 1-2, beating Topeka High and losing to Topeka West and Rural.

“The two played well and will also improve over the course of the season,” Kipp said of Belin and Nelson.

Kipp said he is still trying to figure out which varsity combinations will work the best going forward.

“This was an excellent opportunity for the team to see Centennial League competition,” he said. “Manhattan has a deeper group of varsity players this year. The difficulty is to find the combinations that will provide the highest level of success.”

Manhattan takes the rest of the week off before hosting a quadrangular on Tuesday with Junction City, Highland Park and Marysville at 3 p.m.

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