MHS netters already have qualified entire team for state

By Steve Sell
May 06, 2016

McPherson High’s boys tennis team needed only the first day of the Class 4A Regional Tournament to qualify its entire team for state.

All of the Bullpup entrants breezed to two victories each here today as they qualified for two singles semifinal spots and two doubles semifinal spots.

“We played well, we took care of business with everybody in the semifinals,” MHS coach Tyler Brown said. 

Brown said losing to Collegiate in the league meet Monday may have refocused his team as each player wasted little time getting on and off the court in lightning-fast fashion.

“We played well, but tomorrow is going to be the true test,” Brown said. “I think we have the toughest regional. The four teams that I thought would be the best were today.”

The tournament resumes at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Top-seed Jarrod Nowak of the Bullpups won both of his singles matches 6-0, 6-0 and will play teammate Andrew Snell in the semifinals. Snell is the No. 4 seed and won his first match 6-0, 6-0 before winning 6-3, 6-3 in the quarterfinals.

Nowak is a freshman while Snell was fourth in the state last year as a freshman.

Abilene’s two singles entries, Jacob Bervan and Ryan LaCombe, will meet in the other semifinal.

In doubles, MHS’ Nolan Schrader and Kento Aizawa lost just one game total in two matches to roar into the semifinals as the No. 1 seed. The Bullpup team of Kaden Stewart and Hadley Hageman won 6-0, 6-0 in the first match, 6-4, 6-2 in the second match.

The sophomore Schrader and senior Aizawa play the Buhler team of Hank Goertzen and Hunter Wiehl in the semifinals. The sophomore Stewart and junior Hageman take on Smoky Valley’s Trapper Bellah and Nick Reinert, who were fifth in the state last year, in the other semi.