JUNCTION CITY – The Abilene tennis team is getting used to playing in the cold and the wind. Such was the case Saturday when the Cowboys won the Junction City Invitational Tournament in a windy Junction City.
“We had a great team effort in winning the Junction City Invitational Tournament,” Coach Garry Stredney said.
“The weather was awful, as it has been all season, but we adjusted well in the wind,” Stredney said.
Matthew Barlow went undefeated in the No. 1 singles matches and ran his season record to 23-0.
Barlow defeated Dustin Hayes of Manhattan in round one 8-2. In round two, Barlow won over Josh Brandmehl from Salina South 8-0.
Stephen Anderson of Lawrence Free State was Barlow’s next opponent falling 8-0.
In the fourth round, Barlow defeated the host team’s Sean Skinner 8-0 before finishing off his gold medal match against Kris Snyder of Topeka High 8-4.
Sophomore Gabe Johnson won the No.2 singles medal for the Cowboys by winning his five matches.
“Gabe won five big matches for us and is playing his best tennis right now,” Stredney said.
Johnson defeated Dustin Hayes of Manhattan in round one 8-3. In round two Johnson shut out Jackson Schneider of Lawrence Free State 8-0.
Round three saw Johnson win over Junction City’s No.2 singles player 8-1.
Johnson finished off the day by defeating Moss Gonzales from Topeka 8-2 and JD Warren of Salina South 8-0.
Abilene’s No. 1 doubles team Kaynan Anderson and Connor Kijowski defeated their opponents by scores of 8-0, 8-1, 8-0, 8-2 and 8-0 to win the tournament.
“Kaynan and Connor were not really challenged at the No.1 doubles. They are a very good doubles team,” coach Stredney commented.
Reggie Koop and Tyler Schiffner, Abilene’s No. 2 doubles team, went 3-2 to finish third place in the tournament.
“Reggie and Tyler let a couple of matches get away from them but played well overall,” said Stredney.
“Again, this was a very good team effort by everyone to win this tournament,” Stredney concluded.
Team scores: Abilene 18, Manhattan 13, Topeka High 11, Junction City 9, Lawrence Free State 8 and Salina South 0.
Next up for the Cowboy varsity is the rescheduled Concordia Quadrangular Tourney, Monday and then on to the North Central Kansas League Tournament at Chapman on the 27th.