HESSTON – The Abilene Cowboy Junior Varsity boys’ tennis team took fourth at the Hesston Invitational Saturday afternoon in Hesston.
Sophomore RJ Vopat finished 3-1 to take second place in number two singles for the Cowboys. Vopat defeated Eli Miller 6-5 (4) to win his opening round and then took care of Hesston’s Aaron Pope 6-2 in round two. Derby’s Jerry Whitener squeezed by Vopat in round four winning 6-5 (8). In the last round, Vopat defeated John Lee of Maize South.
Junior Josie Parks took the court in number one singles for Abilene on Saturday earning fourth place.
In doubles play, freshman Jacobi Robinson and Carson Hess went 2-2 to place third at number two doubles. The Abilene pair fell 6-1 in the opener to Baldaurf/Bartel of Hesston. Next they defeated a second group from Hesston 6-1. The Cowboy duo defeated Derby’s Flanders/Inthirath 6-4 in round four. Finally, the lost 6-0 to Maize South’s Twist/Herman.
Sophomores Jeremiah Bathurst and Marcus Fry finished fourth in number one doubles with a 6-0 win coming against Hesston in the second round.
Maize South took top honors with 12 points followed by Hesston Black at 11, Derby 9, Abilene 7 and Hesston Red with 1.