Tiger tennis takes 7 of 9 at Nevada

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

NEVADA -- Fort Scott High School's tennis team won seven of nine matches in the old-school nine-match format dual held here Monday.

Fort Scott's varsity won five of the six singles matches and two of the three doubles matches. Nevada turned the tables in junior varsity competition, winning all four singles matches while Fort Scott won the lone doubles match.

"I thought our team competed really well," Fort Scott head coach Lynn Barr said. "Again, we didn't actually have our full varsity team there, but it was nice to see that we do have some depth on this year's team. We were successful and played well all the way up and down the lineup and this was a key because some of these young men were playing above where they would normally be playing in our lineup but they were still able to compete and be successful."

The part about not having the full varsity team present was because of Kansas' eight-day limit on competition. Many schools overschedule just in case of rainouts during the season.

In singles play, Nevada's Domonic Habjan won the No. 1 match over Charlie Sercer in a tie-breaker, 9-8 (14-12). But then Kyle Altic shut out Nevada's Jordan McCall in No. 2's to get the Tigers going. Kai Simmons-Mims defeated Nevada's Colton Hardy in the No. 3 match, 8-4. Dustin Willard defeated Josh Lowery 8-5 in the No. 4 match. Bryce Daly won the No. 5 match over Doug Decocq 8-2. And Kholton Dwyer wrapped up singles play with a 9-7 win over Andrew Arneson at No. 6.

"Overall I was very pleased with our singles play," Barr said. "All of them played well and some of them don't usually play singles too often, but it was good to see them step up and compete this way."

Doubles matches had similar results with Nevada winning No. 1's but Fort Scott winning the others. Habjan and Tyler Dobson gave Nevada its only win by beating Simmons-Mims and Willard by an 8-6 score.

Altic and Daly teamed up to take the No. 2 match over Hardy/Lowery 8-5. Sercer and Dwyer won the No. 3 match over McCall/Decocq 8-5.

"Our doubles play was pretty solid for this point in the season," Barr said. "It seems like it takes doubles a little longer to come together, but all three teams played some good sound doubles at times."

In junior varsity play, Leonardo Martins and Alex Ho teamed up to defeat Nevada's Aaron Jenkins/Auri Blanchard in doubles, 6-2. Martins lost both of his singles matches -- Dobson took a 6-5 win and Matt Stiles won by a 6-4 score. Ho also lost both singles matches. Silas Smith took a 6-3 victory and Jarrick Rankin won by a 6-2 count.

The Tiger JV squad played a make-up tournament Tuesday at Pittsburg and will play at Parsons April 12. The Fort Scott varsity will be in action Thursday at Independence.