Olathe Northwest beats Indians in home tennis dual

By Grant Guggisberg

With a trip to Emporia on Friday for a rescheduled six-team tournament and a home dual Saturday at City Park, the Manhattan High boys’ tennis team stayed busy over the weekend.

The Indians, not playing at full strength all weekend, saw their run of first-place tournament finishes come to an end, finishing fourth at Emporia before dropping a dual to Olathe Northwest Saturday morning, 3-1.

“We had a good couple of days,” Manhattan head coach Joyce Allen said. “The postseason is close - we’ve got our league meet coming up on Monday and regionals on Saturday. It’s good to see this kind of talent.”

The No. 2 doubles pair of Matt Turnley and Ben Turnley scored Manhattan’s only official win on the day, beating Olathe Northwest’s Andrew Byule and David Boshua, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5). The No. 1 pairing of Jonathan Turnley and Bryce Easton lost 6-0, 6-1.

In singles, Kirkland Lambert lost to Taylor Ficky, 6-3, 7-5, while Bryan Armbrust, filling in for Camden Adams who is out with an ankle injury, lost to Thompson Tong, 6-1, 6-2.

While the official scoring included only two sets of singles and two sets of doubles in the dual, the meet also offered the chance for some of Manhattan’s other varsity players to see some talented opponents. Lakith Ranaweera beat Olathe Northwest’s David Boshua in the day’s final match for Manhattan’s only singles win, while Benaiah Gorman lost to Byule, 8-6.

On Friday, Manhattan finished in fourth place of six teams, once again playing without Adams at singles, while also taking a look at different options in doubles.

With just a singles and a doubles bracket, Lambert was the top finisher for the Indians, taking second place and losing to Salina Central’s Jack Weiner in the final round, 8-4. Matt Morgan played in the other singles slot, going 0-3.

In doubles, Carter Nelson and Armbrust paired up and finished 2-2 on the day to take seventh place, defeating a team from Emporia 8-4. The other pairing, Gorman and Ranaweera, took 10th place with a 2-2 day, falling in their final match 8-2.

With Monday’s Centennial League meet at Hayden on Monday, Allen knows her team will see some of the state’s top players in both singles and doubles.

“Hopefully we’re ready,” Allen said. “I’ve been pleased with the way the team has played lately, hopefully it carries over into next week.”

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