GODDARD — McPherson High boys tennis coach Tyler Brown changed his lineup on Thursday, but the end result was the same — another championship in the Goddard Invitational.
The Bullpups won three of four divisions as they scored 21 points, outdistancing the 17 scored by Goddard Eisenhower. The rest of the teams were well back — Goddard (9), Maize (9), Derby (5) and Wichita Northwest (3).
Brown auditioned two new doubles teams as Nolan Schrader and Kaden Stewart won the No. 1 division with a 3-0 record, while Andrew Snell and Kento Aizawa were 3-0 to roll to the No. 2 title.
Jarrod Nowak won his second straight singles title at No. 1 by going 3-0, while Hadley Hageman was third at No. 2 singles by winning two of his three matches.
“The team played very well today considering the cold and wind and even a little bit of rain was in the forecast,” Brown said. “It was good to see that we could try a new lineup and still pull out a team win. We were doubles strong today and it showed in their play. Both our doubles team were in cruise control, with each of them not having a match closer than 8-4. Both doubles teams imposed their aggressive style of play on their opponent by crushing winners around and at their opponents for majority of their matches.”
Brown also was pleased with his singles players.
“Hadley Hageman did an outstanding job going 2-1 and pulling out a great win against a solid Maize player in a tiebreaker 8-7 (3) for third,” he said. “And our freshman standout Jarrod Nowak was pushed for the first time this year against a talented Ian Farris, 8-6. Jarrod displayed his all-around game to pull this win out. He executed drop shots, lobs and enforced his will upon Ian to get the "W" in the finals.”