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Altic, Daly going to State tennis tourney

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Fort Scott High School seniors Kyle Altic (left) and Bryce Daly will play doubles at the Class 4A State Tennis Tournament in Topeka this weekend.
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Fort Scott High School seniors Kyle Altic and Bryce Daly will be playing at the Kansas Class 4A State Tennis Tournament this weekend, representing the Tigers in doubles play.

Last season, Altic was a first-time qualifier paired with a returning State participant, Colton Grillott. This year, Altic is the one with State experience while this will be Daly's first trip.

Daly was asked if he was asking Altic about what it was like when he went to last season's State tourney in Lindsborg.

"Not really, but I should," Daly said.

"Go up there and relax and you'll do fine," Altic said later.

Altic and Grillott finished seventh last season, beating two doubles teams that will be back this year along the way.

"It feels great being able to go again," Altic said. "I want to do better. I feel like there's some unfinished business from last time."

The Tiger duo qualified for State by reaching the fifth-place match at the Chanute Regional last weekend. They earned a better seed by winning that match over Independence's Lane Schicke and Aidan Goodrich. But it was a victory over Pittsburg's Micah Hashman and Jake Creech that put them into the State Tournament.

"When we were still out on the court, right after we beat Pittsburg, I kind of leaned over to Kyle and said, 'I think I'm about to cry right now,'" Daly said.

Altic missed Fort Scott's first five tournaments of the season while recovering from a knee injury suffered while driving in for a layup during the semifinal game of the Class 4A State Basketball Tournament in early March. When he came back, he said, the knee felt good.

"It was real tough,' Altic said of the wait before he came back. "I was ready to go back. I was hoping I would be back sooner than I was. It felt normal, actually like nothing happened."

Daly played some singles, going 6-5, and played a couple of doubles matches with other partners. They were first paired together at the Labette County Tournament on April 10 -- Altic's first appearance of the season -- and won the No. 1 doubles pool with a 3-0 record.

"Everything seemed to pick back up where we left off our freshman year," Daly said. "Everything seemed to go back to how it was and we were playing good coming out of the gates."

Since then, the pair have also finished second at Chanute and fifth at the Southeast Kansas League Tournament. Their record stands at 10-4.

At State, most of the opponents they're likely to face have played about twice as many matches together. But that doesn't seem to be deterring them from setting their goals high.

"I'd like to beat (his and Grillott's) place from last year," Altic said

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