NORTH PLATTE — Alliance earned one win in each bracket of the North Platte Invitational Saturday to place seventh out of nine.
The AHS boys tennis team recorded 10 total team points. Holdrege won the meet with 48 points, followed by McCook and North Platte, which each tallied 42 points on the day.
“We've had a tough week, which led for a rough day,” AHS head coach Kathy Brock said.
A highlight on the day, according to Brock, was the play of Alliance sophomore Harley Hill, who played No. 1 singles for the first time.
Hill kicked off the day with an 8-3 victory over Scottsbluff’s Scott Herma.
“I'm so happy for Harley Hill and the way he played,” Brock said.
The AHS sophomore then lost an 8-0 match to North Platte’s AJ Munson, an 8-0 match to Lexington’s Tanner Rowe, and an 8-5 match to Scottsbluff’s Connor Muhr. Hill placed eighth overall in the No. 1 singles bracket.
“His scores don't show how tough he played and how he brought most of his games just shy of winning,” Brock said. “I was really impressed with how he played against Connor Muhr from Scottsbluff. He did great for this being his second varsity Invite.”
Alliance’s No. 1 doubles team of Jake Ackerman and Zachary Placek also went 1-4 on the day, and placed ninth. After falling to North Platte 8-2, Lexington 8-3, Holdrege 8-2 and North Platte 9-7 in pool play, Placek and Ackerman bounced back with an 8-0 victory in the ninth-place match over Gering’s Dyson Dollarhide and Hunter Walker.
At No. 2 doubles, Alliance’s Devin Garcia and Chance Crowe responded from two opening-round losses. After dropping an 8-6 match to Lexington and an 8-2 loss to Holdrege, Garcia and Crowe defeated North Platte’s Eric Travis and Ethan Ramsey, 8-0.
“Chance and Devin played well for this being their first time playing together,” Brock said. “I really noticed Devin becoming more aggressive at the net and taking charge.”
The No. 2 doubles duo then lost an 8-3 match to North Platte, before losing 8-4 in the eighth-place match to Hastings.
Alliance senior Preston Pohlman picked up a win in pool play for a 1-4 record at No. 2 singles. Pohlman lost 8-6 to North Platte’s Bryce Lee, lost 8-1 to Lexington’s Josue Avila, and lost 8-0 to Holdrege’s Jett Petit, before picking up an 8-0 win over North Platte’s Jack Carlson.
The AHS senior then fell to Scottsbluff’s Noah Hafner 8-3 in the eighth-place match.
Alliance’s High School boys tennis team was back in action Tuesday in Scottsbluff. A full recap can be found online at alliancetimes.com or in Saturday’s edition of the Times-Herald.