MHS tennis takes 5th at league meet

By Grant Guggisberg

With the weather finally cooperating as the tennis season starts to wind down, the Manhattan High boys’ team traveled to Emporia for the Centennial League meet on Monday.

The Indians mustered a fifth-place finish in the league, getting a fourth-place finish from its top doubles pair in JT Turnley and Kirkland Lambert and a seventh-place finish from top singles player Jake Seaton.

Washburn Rural, just days removed from its first loss in the Topeka city meet in the last 21 years, bounced back at the Centennial meet, edging Hayden for its 18th consecutive league title with 81 team points. Hayden took second with 67, while Seaman finished in third with 65. Topeka West (61) finished in fourth just ahead of Manhattan (54).

With no distinction between No. 1s and No. 2s, it ended up being an all-Hayden singles final and an all-Rural doubles final. Turnley and Lambert won their pool to make it to the championship bracket before losing two in bracket play to take fourth.

In singles, Seaton ended up going 3-1 in pool play to land in the 5-8 bracket. He lost his first match in bracket play before winning his final match to take seventh.

Dustin Hayes was the other singles player for the Indians, taking 14th after a 1-3 record in pool play placed him in the 13-16 bracket. He won his first match in bracket play and lost his second.

The other doubles pair of Matt and Ben Turnley also took 14th, going 2-2 in their pool but landing in the 13-16 bracket because of tiebreakers based on number of games won. The pair went 1-1 in bracket play.

With the league meet in the books, Manhattan now has the rest of the week to prepare for regional play in Wichita on Friday. State is the following weekend in Topeka.

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