The young Abilene High School varsity tennis team gave their new head coach Michael Willey a season opening win Thursday by capturing the Abilene Quad at the high school courts.

Willey sent out an all-junior lineup in the first meet of the season. These six have had limited varsity tennis competition as their sophomore season was cancelled due to COVIS-19.

Kolten Coup took the court at number one singles and won all three of his matches to claim first place in singles. Coup defeated Clay Center’s Brock Ferguson 8-3 in the opener before battling Marysville’s Blake Spicer 8-7 (7-5) in his second match. Finally, Coup shut down Manhattan’s Aidan McGlynn 8-1 to win the meet.

Cayden West drew the number two singles spot in the first meet and he went 3-0 to also earn gold. West defeated Clay Center’s Jared Littrell 8-1 to begin the day. Next, he put down Marysville’s Asher Wassom 8-6 before beating Manhattan’s Beckham Hough 8-2 for the win.

In doubles, Eli Prater and Nick Holmes trotted out as the Cowboys number ones on Thursday. The Abilene pair opened with an 8-3 win over Clay Center’s Brody Kramer and Brody Rosenow. Next up, the Cowboys fell to Marysville’s Bryar O’Neil and Simeon Wasson 8-4 and then dropped the third round 8-4 to Manhattan’s Alex Lee and Strider Medaris. Marysville took the number one doubles title.

Abilene’s number twos, Isaac Barbieri and Josie Parks won three matches to claim the title. Barbieri/Parks defeated Clay Center’s Taige Pfizenmaier and Brooks Craig 8-5 in the opener. Next they won 8-7 (7-3) over Marysville’s Ross Latta and Titus Wassom. In the third round, the Cowboys shut out Manhattan’s Anderson Arnold and Julius Neumann 8-0 to claim gold for Abilene.

The Cowboys finished with 24 points followed by Marysville at 21, Manhattan 10 and Clay Center 5.

The varsity travels to Smoky Valley on Tuesday.

Contact Ron Preston at sports@abilene-rc.com.

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