Hoschouer, Edwards make perfect match on tennis team
Falling behind in a match and rallying for a win isn't the best recipe for winning tennis matches consistently. But it's the road Dan Hoschouer and Andy Edwards have chosen to follow in a lot of their matches this season.
It worked on Tuesday as the No. 1 doubles team rallied in every match, going 5-1 and taking second place at the Ottawa Invitational.
"Andy and Dan played hard today," Wildcat tennis coach Doug Opdycke said. "They had to as they had to come back in most of their matches to win them.
"They have a tendency to start a match playing very tentatively and getting themselves behind before they start to play real well after a few games
"This isn't the best way to winning and they know it. But today it was the way they took."
The scores of three of their five wins displayed just what Opdycke was talking about. They defeated Spring Hill's Neal Nickel and Brad Isnard by a 9-7 score. They knocked off Baldwin's duo of Ed Stansberry and Brad Ikenberry by a tally of 8-6. And then they squeaked one by Paola's Ike Hamm and Greg Reed by a score of 9-8 (7-4).
Ben Smith and Spike Delapena didn't have the same success at No. 2 doubles as their No. 1 counterparts. But they were in some impressive matches.
They played Baldwin's Jeff Hill and Dusty Schultz to within 8-6; lost to Paola's Cole Brady and Conner Bybee by a 9-7 count; and took Steven Compton and Chris Compton, of eventual team champion Kansas City Christian to the limit before falling 8-5.
"For now, if this is what it takes to win matches we'll take it," Opdycke said. "They are beginning to show they are learning how to play doubles. And I was real proud of their effort today."
In the singles portion of the tournament, which was played on Monday, Josey Payne (No. 1 singles) and Nico Londono (No. 2 singles) combined for a 3-9 tournament mark.
"One thing I like about Londono is that when he is playing some one he is always trying to figure out what he can change in order to beat that person," the coach said.
As for Payne, Opdycke said he played extremely hard all day despite being apprehensive going into the tournament.
"Josey now has a better idea of what he needs to do to play like a No. 1," Opdycke said.
De Soto has a week off before returning it home May 5 quadrangular with Sumner Academy, Spring Hill and Kansas City Christian. Play starts at 3:30 p.m.