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Archive for Thursday, April 8, 1999

FREE STATE TENNIS QUAD

April 8, 1999

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Baldwin's Blake Glover is flying solo this year.

After riding shotgun with his brother, Chad, while capturing the 4A state doubles championship the past two years, Glover has stepped into the No. 1 singles spot for the Bulldogs.

Still, without his best partner in the passenger seat, Glover cruised to 8-0 victories in all three matches at the Free State quadrangular on Wednesday.

"I felt pretty well in sync today," Glover said. "I'm better at doubles, but I played singles all summer. I just have to adjust to better people at the singles level."

Glover said he knows the road to a singles championship isn't going to be as smooth as Wednesday's performance, but hopes to stay focused against some tough competition.

"There's some kids that are going to give me some matches that's for sure," Glover said. "I'm definitely gonna have to fight for every win."

Glover's three wins helped Baldwin go 1-1-1 at the quad. The Bulldogs beat Topeka Highland Park, lost to Blue Valley and tied Free State.

Host Free State went undefeated in doubles and 3-3 in singles. The Firebirds went 2-0-1 for their first quad victories in the school's short history. FSHS topped Blue Valley and Highland Park.

"This was by far the strongest we've ever played at a meet," Free State coach Jon Renberger said. "We played a lot smarter than last week and had some tough wins early on that really set the tone."

The doubles teams of Matt Axcell and Sam Borge at No. 1 and Austin Paley and Matt Pepple at No. 2 each picked up three wins.

Renberger said the Firebirds are pretty deep in doubles and that there should be some competition for the top two spots throughout the year.

Free State's Erick Axcell, making his first appearance of the year at No. 1 singles after missing the opener with a back injury, picked up wins over Matt Keys of Blue Valley, 9-8 (7-3) and Chris Fisher of Topeka Highland Park, 8-1. Axcell lost his third match to Glover, 8-0.

The Firebirds host another home quad on April 13 against Topeka Seaman, Winfield and Shawnee Mission Miege.

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