Register Staff Report
For the second-straight year, the Model Laboratory boys tennis team was invited to compete against some of the best squads in the state at the KY Duals.
The event took place last weekend at St. Xavier High School in Louisville.
The Patriots had some impressive performances and finished with a 1-2 record in the team event.
Model defeated St. Xavier and lost to Lone Oak and Manual. All three contests were decided by one match.
“Considering an inconsistent practice schedule, I think we played very well,” Model coach Ric Hernandez said. “Our singles play is right on track which speaks to the player’s talent, doubles play is where we see our lack of practice and synergy. This will come as the season progresses and we will be even stronger top to bottom.”
In the first round, the Patriots fell to Lone Oak, 5-4. Gus Benson (6-2, 6-0), Nolan Kelly (3-6, 7-5, 1-0) and Cole Wilson (6-0, 2-6, 1-0) all picked up singles victories, while Kelly and Blake Benson won at No. 3 doubles.
James Logue fell at No. 3 singles in a third-set tiebreaker. After dropping the first set, 3-6, he battled back to win the second, 7-5. Logue lost the tiebreaker 10-8.
In the next round, Model took on St. Xavier for the first time in school history. The Patriots defeated the defending state champions, 5-4.
Benson picked up another win at No. 1 singles (7-5, 6-3), while Jack Frisbie (5-7, 6-3, 1-0), Logue (6-1, 6-1) and Wilson (6-1, 6-1) also earned singles victories. Model lost all three doubles matches.
Frisbie’s three-set tiebreaker was key to the team victory. He won the breaker 10-2.
In the final round, Model took on Manual and fell, 5-4. The Patriots had to adjust their rotation and didn’t have their top player — Gus Benson.
Logue (6-1, 6-1), Kelly (6-1, 6-1) and Wilson (6-2, 6-2) won their singles matches and Kelly and Blake Benson won their doubles match (8-6).
Alex Blose, playing No. 6 singles, fell in a third-set tiebreaker, 1-6, 7-5, 0-1 (10-4).
The Patriots are set to return to action at this weekend’s Deco Turf National Team Tournament in Louisville. Teams from all over the nation converge in Kentucky for the two-day event.
Only the best in the country are invited to participate. Model’s first-round match is scheduled for 3:30 Friday at Top Gun Tennis Center in Louisville against Trinity High School.
“A good showing in this tournament will certainly set the stage for the rest of our season,” Hernandez said. “We will see far stronger competition here than we will likely see in the 11th Region.”