NHS tennis bests Harrisonville in district match

Friday, May 12, 2017

The Nevada Tigers tennis team was in action Monday at the Class 1 District 12 team tournament, with its opening round match held at the Nevada tennis courts.

The Tigers easily dispatched visiting Harrisonville, 5-1, as the first squad to five wins was the winner.

“Players showed up to play tonight,” said an elated Clay Wheeler, Nevada’s head tennis coach.

Nevada kicked things off with a pair of doubles victories, as its No. 2 tandem Jace Lanham and Colson fisher knocked off Micah Dillingham and Jake Holden, 8-5. Meanwhile, Nevada’s No. 3 duo, Tanner Gotschall and Gabe Barnes doubled up Brayden Neal and Gage Eberle, 8-4.

Nevada’s No. 1 doubles team, Sheel Patel and Caleb Theis were edged by Matteo Schaller and Heston Poyner 9-8 (7-2 tiebreaker).

In singles-play, the Tigers adjusted to the new best two out of three format, as Lanham derailed Holden in three sets 7-6 (9-7), 6-3. Barnes was also victorious, clobbering Neal 6-0, 6-0 en route to his 10th victory of the season.

Nevada’s final singles victory was picked up by Fisher, who bounced Eberle in straight sets, 6-1, 7-5.

Semifinals

After Monday’s triumph, Nevada advanced to the semifinals to face the top-seeded Bolivar Liberators, Tuesday in Bolivar. Nevada was unable to net a singles or doubles win, falling to Bolivar 5-0.

In doubles matches, Patel and Lanham fell to Corey Spindler and Kaden Katzer 8-1. Lanham and Fisher were defeated by Will van Hoornbeek and Brandon Emmert, 8-1. And Gotschall and Barnes were downed by Chris Holt and Braden Rothdiener, 8-2.

In singles matches, Lanham was blanked by van Hoornbeek 6-0, 6-0, while Theis was tripped up by Holt, 6-1, 6-2.

Up next

The Class 1 District 12 individual district tournament, beginning today.

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