Tennis season ended one game to soon for Pratt High School's Caden Donnenwerth, but he gave it a good shot.
Caden Donnenwerth put up a good fight at state tennis last Friday, May 10. He went 2-2 at the tournament held at Walter Blake Tennis Complex.
Donnenwerth was the first senior that coach Tate Thompson has had all four years, and was also the first state qualifier in five years.
“Before the tournament started, I was very anxious. I was confident going in to my first match with a play to win mentality,” said Donnenwerth.
He won his first match against Tyler Brown, 6-0 and 6-1, but lost his next match to Evan Acuff, 6-2, 6-0. Donnenwerth went on to win his third match against Luke Lazarczyk to put him in the match one away from placing. Unfortunately, his season ended there after losing to Houston Weimer after being up 5-0 in a 9 game set.
“Caden exceeded the expectations of outsiders. He played some outstanding tennis along the way and was just short in a hard fought battle, leaving no doubt that he wanted to win and he was doing his best to make that happen,” said Thompson.
Thompson hopes that Donnenwerth qualifying for state is the push his other players need to work harder and qualify next year.
Although this was his last season, Caden is happy about how he and his team competed this year.
“It was probably the best season Pratt tennis has had in a long time. From the first tournament to the last our team really came together,” said Donnenwerth, “I couldn’t have asked for better teammates. My dad and coach Thompson helped me become more confident in myself and my shots, and it was great to go out on a good note. I have nothing but respect for my teammates, coaches, and opponents. It was a great season to go out on.”