PRATT — Capping off one of its best seasons in recent history, the Parsons Vikings tennis team captured fifth place at the KSHSAA 4A State Tennis Tournament in Pratt over the weekend.
The Vikings scored 21 total points to finish in fifth. Hayden won the tournament with 39 points, followed by Wichita Trinity Academy’s 35. Buhler finished third with 30 points, followed by Bishop Miege with 25.
“Having four seniors, we wanted to place at the state tournament,” Parsons head coach Jane Posch said. “I wanted us to be in the top six. So for us to be No. 5, that’s right about where I thought we’d end up.”
Zach Spriggs, one of two singles competitors for the Vikings, finished in 10th place in the singles bracket.
Spriggs, a sophomore, won his first match, defeating Houston Weimar of Trinity 6-2, 6-4. He then lost to Evan Acuff of Bishop Miege, relegating Spriggs to the backside of the bracket.
There, Spriggs lost to Brayden Frederick of Chanute 9-5. He then defeated Sam Grice of Independence 9-2 to advance to the ninth place match, where he lost to Bracke Dick of Buhler 9-4.
“Zach had a really good match against Weimar,” Posch said. “He upset a kid, and that shows how much he’s improved over the course of the season. I was really proud with how he played throughout the tournament. He got better as the tournament went along.”
Carlos Collins, the other singles competitor for Parsons, won two matches but didn’t medal. Collins won his first match over Luke Lazarczyk of Bishop Miege 6-0, 6-0 before losingto Carson Mosier of Circle 6-0, 6-0.
On the backside of the bracket, Collins defeated Tyler Brown of Wellington 9-6 before losing to Logan Payne of Independence 9-1.
“There just wasn’t a spot for Carlos to medal,” Posch said. “But he won two good matches and knocked a couple of people out. It was a good showing for him.”
Parsons saw its best showing from the doubles pairing of Isaac Stringer and Trey Martinez, who finished in third place in the doubles bracket.
The two opened up with a 6-7 (5), 6-4 (8) win over Augusta in the second round. Martinez and Stringer then defeated Trinity 6-1, 6-4 to advance to the semifinals, where they lost to eventual state champion Buhler 6-2, 6-2.
In the third place match, Martinez and Stringer defeated Bishop Miege 6-0, 6-2.
“Trey and Isaac are so tough to play,” Posch said. “They play a different style. They use their strengths together. We lost to a Buhler team that ended up winning state. Those two guys played the way they play every day. They just rolled.”
Labette County’s Luke Falkenstein also competed in the singles bracket, going 1-2. Falkenstein lost his first match to Ronan Boyle of Hayden 6-0, 6-1 before defeating Hunter Bryant of Wellington 9-7 on the backside. Falkenstein’s trip to Pratt ended with a 9-3 loss to Frederick of Chanute.
Posch said after the tournament that the weekend showing represented a solid finish for a team that included four seniors.
“It’s hard when you lose so many seniors,” Posch said. “That’s hard to replace. But we did a lot this year. We won the league, took second at regionals and fifth at state. That was really rewarding.”