LEXINGTON — Sophomore Chance Crowe won a pair of matches at No. 1 singles to place fourth at the Lexington Invitational Saturday.
Crowe’s 2-2 record helped the Alliance High School boys tennis team place seventh out of eight teams at the Lexington Invite Saturday. The Bulldogs finished with 22 points on the day. Kearney Catholic won the meet with 39 points, while McCook and Holdrege placed in a tie for second with 34 points.
“I've never seen Chance give up, he just keeps trying his best and concentrates on winning more games,” AHS head tennis coach Kathy Brock said.
Crowe began his day with an 8-0 victory over Gering, before dropping an 8-1 match to Kearney Catholic. The AHS sophomore then used a come-from-behind effort to down McCook 9-8 (7-0) to enter the third-place match in the No. 1 singles division.
“What I was most impressed with on Saturday was Chance was down 1-5 with the number one player from McCook and he came back to win the match in a tie-breaker,” Brock said.
In the third-place match, Crowe fell to Lexington, 8-2.
The AHS tennis team then recorded one victory apiece from its No. 2 singles, No. 1 doubles and No. 2 doubles teams. Each of the three victories came against Gering.
Alliance’s Preston Pohlman at No. 2 singles, Zachary Placek and Jake Ackerman at No. 1 doubles, and Devin Garcia and Caden Dean at No. 2 doubles, all placed sixth for AHS.
At No. 2 singles, Pohlman recorded an 8-0 win over Gering, while dropping matches to Kearney Catholic (8-1), and McCook (8-2) in pool play, before an 8-1 loss to Lexington in the fifth-place match.
“He just felt like his form was off,” Alliance assistant coach Sandi Blankenship said. “I felt like he was struggling with concentration during the match also. We are going to work on this this next week and try to get the kids more mentally prepared.”
Placek and Ackerman recorded their first win by an 8-5 score over Gering to begin play, before falling to Kearney Catholic (8-1), McCook (8-2), and Holdrege (8-2).
“Our number one doubles are continuing to improve, they played against some strong players who communicate and move well together,” Brock said.
At No. 2 doubles, Dean and Garcia defeated Gering (8-1), before losing a close to Kearney Catholic, 9-7. The Bulldog No. 2 duo then fell to McCook (8-3), and Lexington (8-4) to close the day in sixth place.
“Caden and Devin worked hard today on communicating and bringing in some great volley shots cross court and down the line,” Blankenship said.