Tennis goes undefeated in home meet

John Ostermann, Online Editor-in-Chief

With Manhattan staring down their one and only home tennis meet, they knew it would be one that they had to take advantage of.

Tuesday brought the second half of back-to-back meets due to a cancellation earlier in the season.

This allowed the team to showcase its depth. Sophomore Robert Zhang was temporarily promoted to being the No. 1 singles player for Manhattan. This matched Zhang up with the top player of each of the teams. He handled the pressure easily, swiftly finishing off Highland Park’s top player 8-1. He then did the same against Marysville, winning 8-1. Zhang closed his impressive performance off by clobbering Junction City in an 8-0 match.

Freshman Jon Grove was called up to compete in the No. 2 singles. Like Zhang, he handled his business and won all three matches to claim the gold medal.

The usual No. 2 doubles team of Ugrin and junior Carson Gido competed in the No. 1 doubles matches. The duo competed in the only close match of the day, battling with Junction City before closing out the match and winning 8-5. With the victory over Junction City, they joined Zhang and Grove with undefeated slates.

The No. 2 doubles slot was then filled by junior Michael Turnley and senior Jean Malbranque. The followed suit and swept the three teams at the meet, closing out the undefeated home meet. The duo placed third in the Washburn Rural Invite earlier in the season with a record of 2-1 but they came out ready to improve on their earlier performance.

“[The Washburn Invite] was the first game with Michael [Turnley],” Malbranque said. “It was like a preparation game, the Washburn team was better than us and it was difficult because it was our first game.”

The team will have a much-needed break before returning to action on April 19 at the Salina South Invitational.