PITTSBURG — The Parsons Vikings boys tennis team continues to be one of the most dominant squads in the area after winning its third straight meet at the Pittsburg Round Robin Tournament on Tuesday.
The Vikings notched 14 points as a team to take first in the tourney. Pittsburg’s varsity group took second place with 12 points. Chanute was third with eight, followed by Iola with five then Pittsburg JV with one.
“We keep looking for what we want to do at the end of the season,” Parsons head coach Jane Posch said. “We’re meeting all of our goals right now. We want to keep working hard and keep meeting those goals.”
Zach Spriggs competed in the No. 1 doubles division for Parsons, going 3-1 on the day. His lone loss came to Devin McAfee of Pittsburg, 8-5. He defeated John Miller of Iola 8-7 (3), AJ Bollig of Chanute 8-3 and Bryan Poor of Pittsburg JV 8-0.
“His only loss was to the best player in the league,” Posch said. “Zach’s only a sophomore and he just continues to improve.”
Trevor Strathe, playing in his first varsity singles competition, was in the No. 2 bracket and also went 3-1.
Strathe’s lone loss came to Dakota Caudle of Pittsburg by an 8-1 score. He beat Eason Cheung of Iola 8-2, Lawson Collins of Chanute 8-2 and Caleb Worsley of Pittsburg JV 8-2.
“He’s a very athletic kid and is really starting to develop an all-around tennis game,” Posch said. “I knew him going in there, he would probably win three matches. He had a good showing. No matter whether he plays singles or doubles, he’s going to be fine.”
In the No. 1 doubles bracket, Trey Martinez and Carlos Collins went a perfect 4-0 and took first place. The duo defeated Griffin Cooper and Paul Worsley of Pittsburg 8-1, Brett Plumlee and Elija Fawson of Iola 8-5, Kaden Frederick and Hayden Newton of Chanute 8-4 and Carter Uttley and Aiden Harries of Pittsburg JV 8-2.
“They played a little bit together last year, so it wasn’t like they were unfamiliar with each other,” Posch said. “It made for a good team at No. 1 doubles.”
Finally, Julian Nance and Pierce Thomas won the No. 2 doubles division with a flawless 4-0 showing. The two beat Bryson Hoffman and Keith Perkins of Pittsburg 8-6, , Adryan Nading and Gabe Berry of Iola 8-2, Owen Burchettee and Noah Crapson of Chanute 8-3 and Darius Tinsley and Gabe Abarca of Pittsburg JV 8-1.
“They’re a pretty solid No. 2 team,” Posch said. “We’ve just got a good lineup at every position. We’ve got a complete team, and that’s something we haven’t had in a while. We can win in every division.”
Parsons returns to the friendly confines of Forest Park on Friday to host its second home tournament in as many weeks.
“The guys have responded well to working hard at practices and I’m really happy with where we are right now,” Posch said. “We just have to continue to get better everyday.”