The Liberal Redskins held their own with some of the better tennis teams in the state at the Valley Center Invitational Tennis Tournament on April 25th. As a team, Liberal placed 5th, but both doubles teams lost close matches to first-place winners. Competing teams included 1st Place Maize, 2nd Place McPherson, 3rd Place Valley Center, and 4th Place Wichita Northwest with Augusta, Conway Springs, Emporia, Douglas, and ElDorado.
#1 Singles--Rogelio Alvarez went 2-1 finishing 5th Place. Alvarez got off to a very slow start, but finished strong with an impressive win over Douglas. He lost a tough match to Wichita NW's Joey Wakim 6-8, He defeated Emporia's Saul Trujillo 8-7 (8-6 in a tie-breaker), then defeated Douglas' Daylen Zaldivar 8-4 to take 5th place.
#1 Doubles--Landon Harp/Aaron Schaffer went 2-1 finishing 3rd Place. This team helped their Regional seeding position by defeating a top-ranked doubles team from Mcpherson on their way to a 3rd Place medal. They defeated a very good team from Wichita NW (Haralson/Metzger) 8-6, They lost a tough match against the 1st Place team from Maize (Rreiswig/Simms) 6-8. Then, they finished strong with an impressive tie-breaker win over a high-ranking team of Singleton/Horton from McPherson 8-7 (7-5) to win a 3rd Place medal.
#2 Singles--Hai Vo. Hai recieved his first taste of Eastern Kansas competition today with solid effort and determination. Hai went 2-2 on the day taking 9th Place. He defeated Eldorado's Adam Duval 8-3, lost to Valley Center's Tyler Dort 1-8, lost to Augusta's Nick Steffles 6-8, then defeated Emporia's Hayden Hanson 8-2.
#2 Doubles--Duc Nguyen/Vince Nguyen went 2-1 finishing 3rd Place. All eyes were focused on the talent of this team as regional coaches took notes for future competition. The Nguyening Team defeated McPherson's Allmon/Lindholm 8-3 before losing a match against Wichita NW's Loganbill/Awtrey 4-8. This team bounced back with a decisive victory over Conway Spring's Mercer/Ast 8-4 to earn 3rd Place medals.