Boys tennis places first at Washburn Rural Quad

Hannah Heger, Features Editor

Despite many setbacks, the boys tennis team has been making up for lost time.

The team went to their first meet at the Washburn Rural Invitational on March 26 where they got to bring more than the top six players.

“You’re allowed to bring as many players as you want. Typically [you can] only take six players to a meet, your top two singles players and your top two doubles teams,” head coach Brandon Starkey said. “But [for this meet] you can take as many as you want. So there’s not really… team standings. But overall everybody [medaled and] everybody played really well.”

After this event, the team went to the Washburn Rural Quad on last Tuesday and competed against Washburn Rural, Topeka High and Topela West.

Out of the two singles players, sophomore Daniel Harkin went 3-0 and junior Robert Zhang went 2-1.

“It was a very encouraging start to our season,” Harkin said. “Everybody played well, and we are already looking ahead to a top three team finish at state.”

Then two doubles teams played equally as well. Junior Jerin Urgrin and his partner senior Jack Easton went 3-0 in the number one double spot.

“My partner [and I] felt confident going in that we would win all of our matches if we played our game, and we played well and won all of our matches,” Urgrin said.

Along with Urgrin and Easton, the second doubles team played well also. Sophomore Luke Craft and his partner freshman Kelton Poolewent 2-1 and their only loss was to Washburn Rural in the tiebreaker.

In the end the team won the meet and plan to improve for their next meet.

“Well, we just got to work on the basics, our serves were not very good on Tuesday,” Starkey said. “We struggled a little bit hitting cross court shots so we’ve got to work on not setting up the opponents of the net, getting the ball further back and just really improving our serve so we’re going to work on that at practice.”

The team’s next meet will be against Junction City High, Highland Park and Marysville, here at   City Park today at 3 p.m.