McPherson Bullpups picked up their second tournament title in three days, winning the Maize Invitational on Monday.
MAIZE — Led by a dominating performance from their No. 2 Singles player Jarrod Nowak, the McPherson Bullpups picked up their second tournament title in three days, winning the Maize Invitational on Monday. The Pups scored 28 points to win going away, as their closest competitors were Bishop Carroll, who finished second with 22 points, and Maize, who finished third with 21; both are 5A powerhouses in Kansas high school tennis.
“We had an outstanding day again,” McPherson Head Coach Tyler Brown said. “This was the first time we were able to play without the wind blowing 20-plus miles per hour.”
Nowak went 3-0 to win the number 2 singles, while the doubles team of Patrick Munsey and Hadley Hageman also went 3-0 to capture the top spot in number 2 doubles. Nolan Schrader and Kaden Stewart dropped one match, going 2-1 to capture second place at the number 1 doubles and Andrew Snell took second in the number 1 singles going 2-1 on the day as well.
Overall Brown seemed very excited about his team performance.
"Andrew had a terrific day he just ran into Steven from Bishop Carroll which is the 5A state champ from last year,” Brown said. “Nolan and Kaden played well in the semifinals to beat a very good Bishop Carroll team that I imagine will be a contender at the 5A state tournament.”
They didn't pull it out in the finals though, as they lost to a very good Wichita Collegiate team.
As for Nowak and the Hagemen/Munsey team Brown beamed.
"Jarrod was flawless not losing a game all day. He won every match 8-0. Our number two doubles was able to beat Maize's team in the final for a second time this year. Although last time we played them we had lost so it was nice to get them again. They are a solid team as well.”
The Bullpups Coach hopes this tournament win has prepared his team for this Saturday's trip to Wichita, where they play in the Tournament of Champions hosted by Wichita Collegiate.
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