Special to the Leader & Times
The Liberal boys’ tennis team finished the regular season in perfect form, winning all four events at the Colby Varsity Tennis Tournament Saturday. Liberal took top team honors with 44 points followed by Hays with 36. Competing teams included Colby, Hays, Russell, Scott City, Ulysses, and Wakeeney. In all four events, Liberal received the top seed in bracket play.
No. 1 Singles — Duc Nguyen went 2-0 winning the gold medal for first place. He defeated Carl Minnix from Scott City 8-4. Then in the final match, he defeated Taylor Ermoian from Hays 8-4 to win the gold.
No. 2 Singles — Vince Nguyen went 2-0 in an impressive win that featured 25 aces and a gold medal finish. He defeated Billy Selley from Colby 8-0 in his first match. In the finals, Vince defeated Ben Glassman from Hays 8-0 to win first.
No. 1 Doubles — Tony Rodriguez and Josh Hamilton went 2-0 on the day finishing in first place. They defeated Russell’s team of Berens/Boden 8-1. Then in a tough match for top honors, they defeated Hays’ McClung/McClung 8-6 to win the gold medals.
No. 2 Doubles — Ozzy Villarreal and Joseph Cotto, playing together for the first time as a doubles team, went 2-0 on the day finishing in first place. They defeated Russell’s team of Nuss/Baldwin 8-1. Then in the finals with Hays, they defeated the team of Wilkens/Brown 8-2 to win the gold medals.
This was a warm up tournament for the Wetsern Athletic Conference tournament Monday in Dodge City. Liberal began defending their three-time conference title at 10 a.m. today. Regional play begins Friday at Salina Central.