GODDARD — After an impressive season opener on Tuesday, the McPherson High School boys tennis team followed up with a dominant performance on Thursday in Goddard.
McPherson took first in three of the four divisions and took third in the other to win the invitational over five teams. The top-ranked Bullpups have now won their first two meets of the season with ease.
“I felt like we played well for another cold-weather tournament,” head coach Tyler Brown said. “We were very close to sweeping all divisions.”
The only drama for the Bullpups on the day came at No. 2 doubles with sophomores Rhett Edmonson and Jackson Schrader losing a championship-worthy match in pool play and taking care of business the rest of the way.
“Jackson and Rhett probably played the championship game in pool play, losing a close one 8-7 (7),” Brown said. “I was impressed with Jackson and Rhett because they started pretty slow in the match and battled back from a double break to get back on serve and even get a few match points but just couldn't convert. I applaud that kind of fight. They will be a tough team to beat once they learn to play with a higher energy level all the time instead just part of the time.”
No. 1 singles, No. 2 singles, and No. 1 doubles were anything but dramatic for the Bullpups.
In singles, Andrew Snell only dropped one game the entire day on his way to a championship at the two spot, while Jarrod Nowak only dropped three games in three matches to win at the No. 1 spot.
The No. 1 doubles team of Nolan Schrader and Kaden Stewart did not face any problems either, as their closest match was an 8-3 win in the championship.
Of course, performances like Thursday are nothing new for McPherson’s top four players.
“As for the other four guys, they only dropped nine games out of 81 games played; I’ll take those kind of percentages,” Brown said. “They are fun to watch.”
The Bullpups will have nearly a week to prepare for the John Markham Spring Classic on April 7 back in Goddard. The tournament hosts 16 of the best teams in Kansas from all classifications.