Quality wins propel the Liberal Redskins closer to Regional seeding opportunities.
The doubles team of Vince Nguyen and Duc Nguyen improved their position by upsetting a quality team from McPherson. The doubles team of Josh Hamilton and Hai Vo upset a team from Wichita East, and Antonio Rodriguez upset Emporia’s Nic Hrabik to improve their chances for a good seed going into Regionals next week. Liberal did not place as a team as Washburn Rural continues to dominate followed by McPherson, and Manhattan. Competing teams included Emporia, McPherson, Washburn Rural, Manhattan, Wichita East, and Liberal.
#1 Singles—Larcyn Carter went 0-3 on the day but fought hard and gained valuable experience. He lost to McPherson’s Mark Gayer 4-8, lost to Emporia’s Chris Reimer 1-8, then lost to Manhattan’s Dylan Johnson 2-8.
#2 Singles—Antonio Rodriguez went 1-2 on the day finishing 4th Place. He lost to McPherson’sMax Pyle 1-8, lost to Manhattan’s Jake Seaton 2-8, then upset Emporia’s Nic Hrabik 8-7 (7-4 tie breaker) to win 4th Place.
#1 Doubles—Duc Nguyen & Vince Nguyen began the day knocking off a McPherson team consisting of a State Champion, Nathan Wehrman, and a quality player in Tyler Singleton. In an exciting match of quality tennis, Liberal won 8-5. They defeated Emporia’s Zach Windsor & Saul Trujillo 8-1 to send them to the finals against Washburn Rural. Washburn’s 6A State Qualifying Team of Simon Beatty and Jake Long took top honors with an impressive 8-0 win. LHS’ team of Nguyen & Nguyen took 2nd Place Honors.
#2 Doubles—Hai Vo & Josh Hamilton went 1-2 on the day finishing 5th Place. They lost to McPherson’s Horton/Davidson 4-8, lost to Emporia’s Kitchens/Hanson 5-8, then defeated Wichita East’s Nola/Nguyen 8-3 to earn 5th Place.