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PrattTribune - Pratt, KS
  • Frogs 'net' 3rds

  • With two varsity meets in two days, there weren’t many constants for the Greenback boys’ tennis team, but one thing was always present: Wind.
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  • With two varsity meets in two days, there weren’t many constants for the Greenback boys’ tennis team, but one thing was always present: Wind.
    “Friday at Kingman was windy enough,” reflected coach Larry Kahmeyer, “but Saturday at Garden was perhaps the strongest sustained wind I remember the guys having to endure. Playing tennis is taxing enough, but throw in a 35 mph wind and 90 degree temperatures and it can be exhausting. Even so, we had a couple of good meets.”
    Kahmeyer used the Kingman quad as a make-up meet for some varsity players and to give some of his younger players a shot at the varsity level. Matt Loomis place 3rd at #1 singles defeating South Barber 8-2 and losing to Kingman 2-8 and Circle 0-8.
    Freshman David Loomis, also placing 3rd, saw his first varsity action at #2 singles and played some solid tennis to defeat South Barber 8-0 while dropping matches to Kingman 0-8 and Circle 5-8.
    Evan Fowler paired up with Ethan Sharp and earned a 3rd place in #1 doubles, besting South Barber 8-0 but coming up short to Kingman 3-8 and Circle 3-8.
    Cooper Crump and Jacob Schaefer had Pratt’s best finish at 2nd in #2 doubles with a record of 2-1 after defeating South Barber 8-1 and Kingman 8-3 and losing to Circle 4-8.
    “We played a different squad at Kingman, but there were some positives,” said Kahmeyer. “Cooper and Jacob had a good day and David was in striking distance of 2-1 in his first varsity action. Matt continues to get more consistent and Evan and Ethan got some court time together.”
    Saturday’s action at Garden City saw a return to the regular line-up with the exception of Fowler who was at state music. The stronger squad battled its way to a 3rd place finish out of eight schools.
    Seeded 1st, the #1 doubles team of Liam Kahmeyer and Christian Kurz continued a relentless march through the competition, easily claiming the championship by dispatching Colby 8-0, Garden City 8-1, and Dodge City 8-2.
    David Parmar had a fantastic day at #2 singles to pocket bronze starting with a pasting of Liberal 8-1. After losing to Garden City 1-8, Parmar ran out the backside bracket to claw his way back to 3rd defeating Great Bend 8-7 (4) and Wichita East 8-3.
    Matt Loomis, again in the #1 singles saddle, claimed 4th after losing a heart-wrenching tiebreaker to Wichita East 7-8 (9), but rallied to beat Colby 8-1 and Dodge City 8-3. In the match for 3rd, Loomis had to face his first round opponent again and this time fell 2-8.
    Cooper Crump paired with Ethan Sharp and the new duo dropped a close 7-8 (2) first round match to Garden City, then fell to Liberal 3-8, but ended with an 8-2 beating of Hays.
    Page 2 of 2 - Despite the wind, we had a really good day,” commented Kahmeyer. “It wasn’t so much a lack of competition for Christian and Liam as Hays and Dodge had strong teams there – it was just that they were playing that well. Serves, groundstrokes, volleys…it was all just clicking. I was also thrilled with David’s performance at singles. I left his match when he was down 4-7 only to be told he’d come back to win the tiebreaker. That was huge for us as a team. Matt had a strong day and continues to improve his consistency and Cooper and Ethan won two critical points for us.”
    The Greenbacks host an invitational on Thursday at 10 a.m., then travel to Hesston for the Sterling-hosted CKL tournament on May 5.
     
     
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