No. 1 Bullpup netters are No. 2 at Collegiate

By Steve Sell
April 24, 2016
Kendall Shaw-File

WICHITA — The Top 4 ranked boys tennis teams in Class 4A were nearly the Top 4 finishers on Saturday in the prestigious Wichita Collegiate Invitational.

Host Collegiate won the tournament with 157 points, while McPherson High — the No. 1-ranked team just ahead of Collegiate in the 4A poll — took second place with 155. The Bullpups had not lost a tournament this season.

After Maize busted up the 4A stranglehold by taking third place with 109, 4A powers Independence (104) and Topeka Hayden (101) were fourth and fifth, respectively.

There were 20 teams in all, including another 4A powerhouse Miege as well as Hesston, the top team in Class 3-2-1A as the Swathers scored 44 points.

“It was fun to play in such a big tournament with so many good teams and individuals,” MHS coach Tyler Brown said. “Collegiate is very good and deserved the team win. It will be exciting to take them on again at league and at state hopefully. The boys played with passion and grit all day long.  Losing to Collegiate by so few of points I think will give us a higher sense of focus and to take nothing for granted.”

The Bullpups had no finalists, but their consistency kept them in the title hunt. The top MHS finish came in doubles, where Kento Aizawa and Nolan Schrader went 3-1 for third. Kaden Stewart and Hadley Hageman were 3-2 for seventh. 

In singles, Jarrod Nowak (4-1) and Andrew Snell (3-2) were fifth and sixth, respectively, in singles. Nowak’s loss came to old rival Zack Schroeder of Independence, whom he had defeated twice earlier in close matches.

Next MHS action is Tuesday at Hesston.