The Manhattan High School Indian tennis team traveled to Abilene Monday afternoon for a warm up event for this weekend’s regional tournaments around the state.
The event was originally scheduled as a triangular with Abilene, Marysville and Manhattan, but Marysville backed out of the event to remain at home and practice for regionals that begin on Friday.
The event was a varsity event and Abilene went with its varsity players but Manhattan sent a majority of its junior varsity team to get final work in for the 2014 season.
Abilene won all 10 matches in the dual and won the dual 10-0 over Manhattan.
“With regionals coming up on Friday and after winning the league title this past Friday, it is nice to have relaxed matches today and just come out and play some singles and doubles and enjoy the game against kids we haven’t seen,” Abilene coach Mike Jantz said of Monday’s dual. “We are still trying to figure out who we are going to play in different spots. So I get a chance to see some combination in doubles to decide which way we go in regionals.”
The Cowboys, who will play in the Class 4A McPherson regional Friday and Saturday, won all 10 matches by a combined 80-18 score. Abilene’s No. 1 doubles team of Gabe Johnson and Jacob Berven shut out the Manhattan No. 1 doubles team of Tony Lui and Owen Li 8-0.
The No. 1 doubles match was the only shut out of the dual while Johnson won his No. 1 singles match against Lui 8-1, Berven won his No. 2 singles match against Li 8-1 and Abilene’s Reggie Koop won the No. 4 singles match 8-1 over Manhattan’s Gavin Larios.
“I think we are going to find out on Friday and Saturday when we go to regionals how good we are because our regional is loaded with some good teams,” Jantz said of the strength and ability of Abilene’s team. “This team is a good team, they have won a league title, they have won four tournaments this year. They have done some nice things. We are young and still youthful, so we are still learning and trying to get better as tennis players and teammates. I think they are good but they still have a lot of potential yet and a lot of room for growth.”