Special to the Leader & Times
The Liberal Boys varsity tennis team fell short at the Western Athletic Conference tournament in Dodge City. With one first place finish, three second place finishes, and one fourth place finish, Liberal took second place as a team with 11 points. Garden City won WAC this year with 14 team points.
No. 1 Singles — Duc Nguyen went 4-0 on the day winning first place honors. He defeated Great Bend’s Noel Rodriguez 8-1, defeated Dodge City’s Tanner Miller 8-5, defeated Garden City’s Blake Stucky 8-2, then defeated Hays’ Taylor Ermoian 8-6 to win first.
No. 2 Singles — Vince Nguyen went 3-1 on the day finishing second place. He defeated Great Bend’s Ramon Garcia 8-3, defeated Dodge City’s Trevor Brock 8-2, lost to Garden City’s Fidelix Kyaw 6-8, then defeated Hays’ Ben Glassman 8-2 to take second place.
No. 1 Doubles — Josh Hamilton and Tony Rodriguez went 1-3 on the day finishing fourth. They lost to Great Bend’s Moyers/Jacobs 6-8, lost to Dodge City’s Salem/Nichols 6-8, lost to Garden City’s Clarke/Riggs 4-8, then defeated Hays’ McClung/McClung 8-6 to take fourth.
No. 2 Doubles — Ozzy Villarreal and Joshep Cotto went 3-1 finishing second. They defeated Great Bend’s Neeland/Heeke 8-5, defeated Dodge City’s Kronsbein/Mariegaard 8-3, lost to Garden City’s Keller/Keller 4-8, then defeated Hays’ Wilkens/Brown 8-7 (5) to win second.
No. 3 Singles — Ray Wen went 3-1 on the day finishing in 2nd Place. He defeated Great Bend’s Elena Lewis 8-5, defeated Dodge City’s Dylan Woods 8-5, lost to Garden City’s Russell Harp 2-8, then defeated Hays’ Bayron Rivera 8-2 to finish with second.
Duc Nguyen was voted Player of the Year in the WAC. Coach Robinson from Garden City was named Coach of the Year.
Liberal travels to Salina Thursday for Regional play.