MAIZE — McPherson High’s boys tennis team displayed its considerable depth on Monday to take its second tournament title in three days.
The Bullpups, who won their own tournament on Saturday, won two divisions and took second place in two others to defeat a strong field in the Maize Invitational.
MHS scored 28 points to outlast 5A powers Bishop Carroll (22) and Maize (21).
“We had an outstanding day again,” MHS coach Tyler Brown said. “This was the first tournament we were able to play without the wind blowing 20-plus miles per hour.”
The Bullpups’ Jarrod Nowak was 3-0 to win No. 2 singles, while Patrick Munsey and Hadley Hageman were 3-0 for first at No. 2 doubles. Andrew Snell was 2-1 to take second at No. 1 singles, while Nolan Schrader and Kaden Stewart were 2-1 for second at No. 1 doubles.
“Andrew had a terrific day, he just ran into (Rodney) Steven from Bishop Carroll, which is the 5A state champ from last year,” Brown said. “Nolan and Kaden played well in the semifinals to beat a very good Bishop Carroll team that I imagine will be a contender at the 5A state tournament. They didn't pull it out in the final, but lost to a very good Wichita Collegiate team. I could see that being worthy of a preview of a state final of 4A. Jarrod was flawless not losing a game all day. He won every match 8-0. Our No. 2 dubs was able to beat Maize's team in the final for a second time this year. Although last time we played them we had lost, so it was nice to get them again. They are a solid team as well.”
The Bullpups play Saturday in the prestigious Wichita Collegiate Tournament of Champions. The top three teams in Class 4A will be there with MHS, Collegiate and Independence.