In the best weather of the season, the Greenback boys’ tennis team headed for Chaparral on Tuesday and came home with a hard-fought 2nd place finish out of six teams.

In the best weather of the season, the Greenback boys’ tennis team headed for Chaparral on Tuesday and came home with a hard-fought 2nd place finish out of six teams. Chaparral took top honors with 18 points, followed by Pratt and Conway Springs (16), Haven (9), Douglass (2), and South Barber (0). Pratt got the nod for 2nd place over Conway Springs by winning two of three head-to-head matches.

Pleased with the results, coach Larry Kahmeyer said, “I was proud of the guys today. We had a 1st, 2nd, and two 3rd place finishes and were in the running for 1st as a team and I don’t know that we could’ve changed anything on the court to alter the final standings. I saw some very positive growth out of the guys today.”

Pratt’s best finish came off the strings of the #1 doubles team of Liam Kahmeyer and Christian Kurz. Winning two very easy pool matches over South Barber 8-0 and Chaparral 8-1, the duo faced a stronger Conway Springs team in the championship crossover match. In dominating fashion, Kahmeyer and Kurz jumped out to a 6-0 lead, gave up one game, then picked up two more to win 8-1.

“The 8-1 score over Conway is a bit deceptive as the games were much closer. What pleases me about Christian and Liam is they might drop behind 15-40 in a game but never give up. They battle for every point. The match could’ve easily been 8-3 or 8-5, but they just don’t roll over when they’re down and can steal a lot of games back. And that has a demoralizing effect on their opponents,” said Kahmeyer.

The #2 doubles team of Evan Fowler and David Parmar almost matched their teammates by reaching the finals. In pool play, the pair seized an 8-4 victory over a Chaparral duo filling in for South Barber, then beat another solid Chaparral team 8-5 . Facing Conway in the championship, the Pratt men were bested 8-1 to pocket the 2nd place medals.

In assessing their play, Kahmeyer said, “Evan and David, typically, started a little slowly and fell behind 2-4 in their first match, but pulled it together to run off six straight games. They are learning to adjust when things aren’t working and that’s what good teams do. Admittedly, they were a bit out-gunned in the final match, but still had a great day to take 2nd.”

In singles action, Matt Loomis had his best outing of the season going 2-1 to place 3rd at #1 singles. Loomis beat South Barber 8-1, then fell to Chaparral 1-8. In the 3rd team matchup against Conway, Loomis took a 5-2, then 6-3 lead only to see the match evened at 6-all. Digging deep for resolve, Loomis fell behind in the following two games, but gutted out the points to claim the 8-6 win.

Matching Loomis’ finish, #2 singles entry Ethan Sharp had a strong day with a 2-1 finish for 3rd. After defeating South Barber 8-0, Sharp dropped a match to Chaparral 1-8. Playing for 3rd, Sharp fell behind a game, then figured out his opponent to cruise to a 8-3 win over Douglass.

“I was very pleased with our singles players today,” said Kahmeyer. “Matt can struggle to close out matches when he has a lead and he took a huge step today by finding the resolve to win the last two games of the finals. Without his win, Pratt drops to 3rd and he doesn’t medal, so it was a big win for him and us. Ethan continues to impress me with his quick development. He’s matured into a varsity player in half a season and fights for everything he can get against his opponents. As his shot production and consistency continue to improve, he’ll be dangerous.”

The Greenbacks finish the week at Kingman on Friday, then make the journey on Saturday to play at the Garden City Invite.