SALINA — The McPherson High boys tennis team rested some of its regulars during the Salina South Invitational on Thursday, taking fourth place in what was a closely contested tournament.
Nolan Schrader led the Bullpups by taking second place at singles with a 3-1 record and Kaden Stewart was fifth, also going 3-1. They normally make up McPherson's top-notch No. 1 doubles team, but coach Tyler Brown rested singles standouts Andrew Snell and Jarrod Nowak since the Bullpups compete Saturday in the Wichita Collegiate Tournament of Champions.
Jackson Schrader and Rhett Edmonson were eighth in doubles with a 1-3 record, while Thomas Smith and Trey Hett were 16th, going 0-4.
Andover won the team title with 46 points, with Manhattan second with 44. Valley Center (41) and MHS (40) rounded out the upper half.
“This was a lineup we haven't gone with this year,” Brown said. “Nolan and Kaden played singles for the first time and did well. They just happen to run into Richardson (from Andover) on a really good day. Both doubles teams need to have more confidence in their ability and I think that would increase their wins. They lost matches that were extremely close. We only won one doubles match all day. Somehow they just need the mindset that no matter how good they think a team or player is, they need to convince themselves they belong on the court as well. If there was one thing we need to get better at it's confidence and knowing no matter what I am going to find a way to win. This meet was very close with the Top 4 teams and with the group that competed today I felt like we could of won this tournament. We have the physical attributes we just need to be stronger mentally.”