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Archive for Wednesday, April 18, 2001

Firebirds take third in tennis

April 18, 2001

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— Free State High's No. 2 singles and No. 2 doubles tennis players boosted the Firebirds to a third-place finish Tuesday in the 23rd annual Leavenworth Invitational.

FSHS junior Rishi Surana defeated Topeka High's Howard Johns in the third-place match, and the Firebirds' duo of junior Drew Smith and sophomore Eyad Safadi was clipped by the Trojans' team in the championship.

St. Joseph (Mo.) Central won the eight-team tournament with 49 points, followed by Topeka (40) and Free State (36).

"This was a tremendous team effort," FSHS coach Jon Renberger said. "We took third in this tournament last year as well, but with a much more experienced team. There is much room for improvement, but we're heading in the right direction."

FSHS sophomore Alan Martinez went 2-1 to finish fifth at No. 1 singles, and sophomore Matt Schwabauer also was 2-1 to place third at No. 3 singles.

The Firebirds' top doubles duo of senior Spencer Hilt and sophomore Ben Cropp was 1-2 and finished fourth.

Results

Leavenworth Invitational

Tuesday at Leavenworth

Team results: St. Joseph (Mo.) Central 49, Topeka High 40, Free State 36, Topeka West and Olathe South 29, Topeka Washburn Rural 23, Shawnee Mission West and Leavenworth 22.

Free State results

No. 1 singles Alan Martinez (2-1, fifth): lost to Charlie Rose, TW, 3-6, 1-6; def. Andrew Duncan, LHS, 6-0, 6-0; def. Matt Mourning, SMW, 6-2, 6-0.

No. 2 singles Rishi Surana (2-1, third): def. Mike Young, LHS, 6-1, 6-0; lost to Anthony Melvins, OS, 6-0, 3-6 (4-7); def. Howard Johns, Topeka, 1-0, default.

No. 3 singles Matt Schwabauer (2-1, third): def. Wiles Bobo, WR, 6-1, 5-7 (7-3); lost to Shil Patel, St. Joe, 0-6, 1-6; def. Phil Carr, TW, 6-2, 6-4.

No. 1 doubles Spencer Hilt-Ben Cropp (1-2, fourth): def. David Mihe-Ricky Schilling, LHS, 7-6 (9-7), 6-3; lost to Bryan Kerling-Eric Hanson, OS, 6-7 (5-7), 3-6; lost to Joe Starfield-Spencer Holden, Topeka, 2-6, 1-6.

No. 2 doubles Drew Smith-Eyad Safadi (2-1, second): def. Brett Meredith-Brian Devine, OS, 6-4, 0-6 (7-5); def. Brett Loving-Phillip Korthanke, St. Joe, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4; lost to Sam Wisamen-David Durivan, 3-6, 1-6.

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