Just like on Friday, the first day of state tennis, the Garden City High School duo Daniel Darter and Will Keller began Saturday with a tiebreaker loss.
That denied them a chance to better their 2018 finish of eighth at state, but the duo were still able to rebound and win their next two matches to capture ninth.
The finish ends the seniors’ high school tennis careers after three state tournament appearances. They went 24-9 this season.
Darter and Keller lost to Olathe West’s Lucas Dryer and Carter Lichtsinn in a 9-8 tiebreaker (6-4), to open Day 2. But then the duo beat Manhattan’s Jack Easton and Jeren Ugrin, 9-6, to play Blue Valley West’s Evan Stout and Brandon Sherman.
Finally, Darter and Keller’s tiebreaker misfortune ended, winning 9-8 (5-3) in the tiebreaker to seal ninth place.
Scott City’s William Cupp went 1-2 Saturday to finish 10th in the Class 3-2-1A state tournament at Prairie Village. After going 3-1 on Friday to reach Saturday, Cupp lost the Day 2 opener, 9-1, to Hesston’s Logan Gamble. He then rebounded to beat Bishop Seabury Academy’s Grayson Rader, 9-4, to face Charlie Dunne of Wichita Collegiate in the ninth-place match.
But Dunne won that, 9-2.
Cupp, a junior, ended the season at 29-9.