Buffs' tennis ends 3-day road trek
By BRETT MARSHALL
Playing in their third tournament in as many days on Saturday, and being without No. 2 singles player Sebastian Kyaw, the Garden City Buffaloes boys tennis team had a roller-coaster day on the courts at the McPherson Invitational.
The Buffs finished seventh in the eight-team field despite No. 1 singles player Brian Clarke, and the doubles teams of Evan Riggs and Denton Keller going 2-2 while Brevin Irvin and Dozie Ekweariri going 1-3.
Kyaw had to miss the final of a three-day swing through central Kansas due to a family commitment.
"The guys did a great job of playing three tournaments in three days," GCHS coach Rod Robinson said. "I could tell they were wearing down at the end of the day. We might have done a little better if not for the wear and tear of so much tennis in such a short time, and we would have placed higher if we would have had Sebastian's points.
Clarke, as well as Riggs and Keller, placed sixth in their respective divisions, winning one match, losing a match, winning another and then dropping their final match of the day.
Clarke defeated Collin Queal of Hutchinson (8-1), lost to Conner Schafer of McPherson (8-4), downed Daniel Hullings of Wichita Collegiate (8-4) and lost to Miles Medaris of Maize (8-3).
Riggs and Keller opened play with an 8-1 win over Christian Raftopoulos and Jared Spencer of Maize before being blanked 8-0 by Salina Central's Justin Bengston and Ethan Garlow. They bounced back with an 8-5 win over Rhett Posey and Conner Seitz of Arkansas City before losing 8-0 to Sonny Frank and Conner Devlin of Wichita Collegiate.
Irvin and Ekweariri lost their opening match to Ben Davidson and Max Pile of McPherson (8-0) and then lost against Jordan Burlie and Daric Sanders of Maize (8-1) before beating Conner McCamant and Kyle Parks of Hutchinson (8-4). They lost their final match to Hutchinson's Cody Teichmann and Elijah Raigoza (8-5).
The Buffs will host their own GCHS Invitational on Saturday, with matches starting at 9 a.m. at the GCHS courts.