The senior duo of Ben Davidson and Max Pyle continued their streak of first place finishes Saturday, as they knocked off the defending Class 4A state champions to claim the doubles crown of the Wichita Collegiate Invitational.
Despite the showing by Davidson and Pyle, the Bullpups finished third as a team.
“We were very flat as a team,” MHS coach Doug Gayer said. “We are looking for wins against quality opponents when maybe we are not the favorites. When you get that kind of win, it builds belief in your game.”
Davidson and Pyle went 4-0, including the 8-5 finals win over Independence’s Gavin Webster and Tyler Posch. This is the second time the duos have met, with the Bullpups taking both encounters.
Peter and Ryan Horton went 3-2 for a sixth place finish in the doubles bracket. In singles play, Connor Shafer went 2-3 for a 15th place finish, with teammate Dylan Stos right behind at 16th with a 1-4 record.
The Pups finished with 105 team points. Collegiate took first with 130, followed by Hesston at 125.
“Collegiate is the best team in 4A,” Gayer said. “Hesston beat us in both singles and doubles. They have a great shot of finishing in the top three at state.”
MHS was to have been on the court at 10 a.m. this morning in the Hesston invitational. There was no word at presstime if the weather had caused any delays.