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The doubles team of Vince Nguyen and Duc Nguyen improved their position by upsetting a quality team from McPherson at the Emporia Tennis Invitational.
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.
No. 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.
No. 2 Singles — Antonio Rodriguez went 1-2 on the day finishing fourth. He lost to McPherson’s Max Pyle 1-8, lost to Manhattan’s Jake Seaton 2-8, then upset Emporia’s Nic Hrabik 8-7 (7-4 tie breaker).
No. 1 Doubles — Duc Nguyen and 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 and 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. The LHS team of Nguyen and Nguyen took second.
No. 2 Doubles — Hai Vo and Josh Hamilton went 1-2 on the day finishing fifth. 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.