Facing tougher competition in the next-to-last regular season meet, the Greenbacks boys’ tennis team finished right in the middle of the pack.
Facing tougher competition in the next-to-last regular season meet, the Greenbacks boys’ tennis team finished right in the middle of the pack. Hosting the 8-team invitational, Pratt finished in 4th place with 25 points behind Central Plains (32), Chaparral (29), Kingman (26) but ahead of Colby (23), Larned (11), Pratt JV (10), and South Barber (0).
The doubles teams of Liam Kahmeyer & Chrisitan Kurz and Evan Fowler & David Parmar paced the Frogs going 3-1 for 2nd place. Both losses were to strong Central Plains teams in the finals.
Singles players Matt Loomis and Ethan Sharp had rockier roads to finish 5th with records of 2-2. In the finals, Loomis prevailed over Larned and Sharp got the better of teammate Hayden Skaggs.
With mixed feelings about the meet, coach Larry Kahmeyer said, “I was hoping to steal another match or two and finish in the top three as a team but Kingman edged us by one point to push us to 4th. Even though Liam and Christian lost to a very strong team, I was pleased they got to play up to that level of competition. Evan and David had a decent day, but maybe should’ve won that last one, too. Matt and Ethan played some tough matches and finished about where they were seeded.”
Short one team from a full eight entries, Kahmeyer threw his JV team into the mix to get them some varsity experience and the men held their own.
Freshman David Loomis jumped in at #1 singles and battled through some close losses securing a final win over South Barber for 7th. Fellow freshman Hayden Skaggs grabbed his first varsity win in pool play defeating South Barber, then fell to Sharp in crossover play to place 6th.
The JV doubles team of Cooper Crump & Jacob Schaefer saw some success earning 6th place with a 1-3 record. Partners Cole Fincham and Trevor Hassler lost a few tight matches to finish 7th, but gained some varsity experience and were able to play a tie-breaker.
Of the JV, Kahmeyer said, “I was pretty pleased with how the younger guys played. David Loomis almost won two matches and is gaining confidence with every outing. Cooper and Jacob almost knocked off a higher seed and Hayden grabbed his first varsity win. Cole and Trevor are fun to watch and just fell short of winning a tie-breaker.”
To close out the regular season, the Greenbacks head to Hesston on Monday for the Central Kansas League meet.