De Soto boys shine in opening tennis tournament
De Soto tennis coach Michael Sullivan said it was almost a shame for Tuesday's tennis tournament to be the team's first. Stacked with some of the top talent in the area, he said the Cats won't come across much tougher tests until they begin their postseason push.
If that's all true, it should be one heck of a year for the team.
De Soto fared well at its initial tournament, finishing the day with a combined 9-5 record.
Seniors Andy Edwards and Dan Hoschouer finished second, beating an Olathe East team in the semifinals but falling to another one in the finals, 8-3.
Sophomore Matt Edwards beat teammate Andrew Konetzni in his final match 8-2, but the two were playing for third after each won their initial two matches of the day.
Edwards easily advanced to the semifinals, winning 8-2 and 8-4, while Konetzni won the first match of his prep career 8-2 and his second 8-6.
Chris Bender and Matt L'Ecuyer were equally successful in the No. 2 doubles bracket, finishing 2-1 and with a final-round 8-3 win over a team from Topeka Seaman.
"I was very pleased," Sullivan said. "The one really good thing, especially with Chris and Matt, they're new to varsity and they hadn't played a whole lot together, so finishing third as a pleasant surprise."
The team is next in action Monday, traveling back to Topeka for a quadrangular hosted by Highland Park.