Manhattan High boys’ tennis coach Chuck Kipp is still figuring out which of his varsity players will make the best doubles teams.
Saturday’s doubles-only tournament in Salina provided him the chance to see several different combinations in action.
The Indians sent four doubles pairs to compete at the Salina Central Doubles Invitational over the weekend, taking third in the team standings ahead of Topeka West, Topeka High and Maize South.
Finishing the day with a 4-1 record, the pair of Jonathan Turnley and Kirkland Lambert finished second in the top division. Their only loss came to Salina Central’s top team, which finished third last year at state.
Dustin Hayes and Adarsh Singh finished in third place in their division with a 2-3 record, with Claib Harris and Matt Turnley also finishing the day at 2-3. Harris and Turnley lost their final match on a tiebreaker to Salina Central after battling back from a 5-2 deficit.
Bryan Armbrust and Ben Turnley took third in their division with a 3-2 record.
Kipp said he was pleased with the results Saturday.
“This was a very good outing for Manhattan,” he said. “For each of these doubles combinations, this was the first competition together and they played very well. We have a solid group of players and the future looks bright for the team.”
The varsity travels to Topeka for a quad at Washburn Rural on Tuesday.