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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Bullpup netters advance to 4A Regional semis

  • Day one of the Class 4A Boys Tennis Regional at McPherson High School largely went as expected, with one notable exception.
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  • Day one of the Class 4A Boys Tennis Regional at McPherson High School largely went as expected, with one notable exception.
    MHS’s Kento Aizawa pulled off what will go down as the upset of the tournament in the second round Friday, as the seventh-seeded competitor knocked off the No. 2 seed in Circle’s Tony Treweeke.
    Not only did Aizawa win, he did so in convincing fashion, shutting down Treweeke 6-0, 6-3.
    “I was a little worried even trying to get Kento at seven on the board,” MHS coach Tyler Brown said. “For him to get seventh and to beat a 10-seed and the number two kid, that was fantastic. It really boosted the team scores.”
    Aizawa opened up the tournament with a straight-set win over Concordia’s Himal Bhakta 6-0, 6-1. Treweeke defeated Smoky Valley’s Nils Peterson in  his opening round match 6-0, 6-0.
    Aizawa will face Concordia’s Marcel Rimordt in the singles semifinals this morning beginning at 10 a.m. at the MHS Tennis Complex.
    Also advancing to the semifinals were both MHS doubles teams. Ryan and Peter Horton cruised into the final four without dropping a game, as they defeated both sets of opponents by scores of 6-0, 6-0.
    They will face Buhler’s No. 4 seeded team of Caywood and Goertzen in the semifinals.
    McPherson’s Dylan Stos and Luke Williams had a little bit tougher time reaching the semifinals in their half of the bracket, but still ultimately did not drop a set in their two matches.
    They defeated an Abilene duo 6-0, 6-0 in their first match. In the quarters, they defeated Buhler 6-3, 6-4.
    “Doubles, they were seeded one-two,” Brown said. “They took care of business like we’d hoped.”
    Stos and Williams’ semifinal opponents will be Smoky Valley’s Trapper Bellah and Will Bochte. The Viking duo won both of their Friday matches by scores of 6-3, 6-2.
    Smoky Valley’s Alec and Trey Schneider lost their first round match after a battle 6-2, 4-6, 10-8.
    Viking No.2 singles competitor Jon Dahlsten was also knocked out of the first round with a 6-4, 6-1 loss to Abilene’s Jacob Berven.
    McPherson, meanwhile, is one win away from having all six competitors reach next week’s state competition. Gallagher Martin-Chavez won his first round match against against Russell’s Hunter Stokes 6-0, 6-0. Martin-Chavez ran into trouble in the second round against Buhler’s Evan Schmidt, who won in straight sets 6-3, 6-1.
    Martin-Chavez is still alive, however, and will be competing for fifth place today and one of the last spots to the state tournament. He squares off against Bervan in the fifth place semis.
    Page 2 of 2 - “We like his chances,” Brown said. “We like the match up. That lower part going into fifth-sixth between Mitchell [Byers of Buhler] and Tony [Treweeke] could have easily been a semifinal itself. And that’s just to see, in the bottom part, who gets to go to state.”
    Brown knew coming into the competition the singles bracket, especially, was going to be tough for anyone to win.
    “We knew there’s about eight, nine singles players who, any given day, could go to state,” Brown said. “We’re glad of where we’re at after day one.”
    Play resumes at 10 a.m., with Brown estimating the championship matches to start tentatively at 1:30 p.m.
    Contact Chris Swick by email at cswick@mcphersonsentinel.com and follow him on Twitter @SwickSentinel.

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