LINDSBORG —The Concordia High School tennis team finished seventh in the Ron Dahlsten Tennis Classic hosted by Smoky Valley High School on Tuesday.
Hesston won the tournament with 50 points. Abilene finished second with 47 and Pratt was third with 37.
Concordia scored seven points in the meet.
“It was a tough day for us today against some very strong competition. We did have a couple of nice wins on the day, and it was a great learning experience for all of us,” Concordia coach Steven Mitchell said, “I was a little disappointed at times with our effort and concentration. Some of the guys showed some frustration at not being able to compete with the top teams. We need to make sure we embrace these challenges as an opportunity to get better.”
Isaac Sprague placed 11th in singles for Concordia. He lost 8-0 to Matthew Barlow, Abilene; won by default over Daniel Hollings, Wichita Collegiate; and fell 8-3 to Harry Faber, Hillsboro.
“Isaac went up against the number one seed and eventual champion in Barlow of Abilene. He was never able to get into that match, but it was a good learning experience. After getting a win by injury default, Isaac lost a hard-fought match to Faber of Hillsboro. I was impressed how Isaac finished that match, after being down 5-0. He kept fighting hard and went 3-3 in the last six games of the match,” Mitchell said.
Joel Timme lost his first two matches, and then won two to finish 13th in singles. He lost 8-1 to Jonathan Schotte, Pratt, and 8-5 to David Kitzinger, Hesston, and then beat Jeff Pritchard, Hillsboro 8-4 and Zachary Baldauf, Hesston, 6-5 (7-0).
“Joel got off to a slow start today and really struggled finding the range on his ground strokes. He served well all day, and played better the last couple of matches. He was able to get a couple of wins on the back side of the bracket,” Mitchell said.”
Romy Rohovit and Tristin Morgan placed eighth in doubles for the Panthers. They opened with an 8-7 (7-5) win over Wichita Collegiate, and then lost 8-0 to Abilene, 8-1 to Pratt and 8-3 in their final match.
“Romy and Tristin got a solid win over a Wichita Collegiate team in the first round putting them into the front side of the bracket. In their second match they were beaten by eventual champions in Anderson and Kijowski of Abilene. That match took a lot out of them, and they really didn’t get back into a top level of play in their final two matches,” Mitchell said.
Andrew Sheely and Logan Whitney finished 13th in doubles for Concordia. They lost 8-7 (7-1) to Wichita Collegiate and 8-4 to Pratt and then beat Smoky Valley 6-2 and a second Smoky Valley team, 6-3.
“Andrew and Logan had a solid day today. They lost their first match in a tiebreaker in what was a very competitive match against a good team in Wichita Collegiate. Their second-round loss was again a very competitive match, but after being at 4-4 they let the match get away from them. They finished the day very strong, beating a couple of teams from Smoky Valley,” Mitchell said.