The top-ranked McPherson High School boys tennis team opened the season Tuesday in dominating fashion, running away from the competition behind four top-three finishes.
The Bullpups tallied 66 points, 30 more points than second-place Newton. In total, eight teams participated, including the McPherson junior varsity team, which finished fifth at a varsity meet filled with 4A, 5A, and 6A schools.
“Overall, it was a good start to the year,” head coach Tyler Brown said, “and it is always nice to win your home opener.”
In singles, Jarrod Nowak and Andrew Snell cruised into the finals before Nowak defeated Snell, 8-6, for first place. Nowak, a junior, dropped just one game en route to the finals, while Snell, a senior, only lost two games before facing Nowak.
Doubles was just as kind to the Bullpups, as the defending state champion team of seniors Nolan Schrader and Kaden Stewart made it look easy on their way to a 4-0 day. Schrader and Stewart won their matches by scores of 8-0, 8-0, 8-1, and 8-2 in the championship.
The sophomore duo of Jackson Schrader and Rhett Edmonson made quite an impression in their debut on the varsity roster, going 3-1 for third place. After a loss in the semifinals, Schrader and Edmonson rebounded to defeat a state-qualifying doubles team from Hays, 8-3, in the third-place match.
McPherson had three of the top five doubles teams on Tuesday, as Brennan Gipson and Conner Glazner finished fifth for the McPherson White team. Cooper Courtney and Logan Hardgrave took eighth place to further solidify McPherson’s depth in doubles.
McPherson White also received points in singles from Zach Wash (10th) and Aaron Carlson (13th).
The Bullpups are back in action on Thursday when they travel to Goddard. Derby, Goddard Eisenhower, Maize, Wichita Northwest, and Goddard will all be in attendance.