After a marathon 2 ½-hour match, Michael Koch went home with the men’s open singles title of the United States Tennis Association Adult Open tennis tournament on Saturday afternoon at Veterans Memorial Park.
Koch, who traveled from Omaha, Neb., to compete, finished off Lance Henne of Wichita 10-7 in a super tiebreaker.
“It was fun,” Koch said. “I played some good people. I mean (the final match), that guy was really good. It was a really good match. I had a lot of fun.”
Henne won the first set 7-6 (7-3) before Koch took control for a 6-3 victory in the second.
“It was hot, so it wasn’t easy,” Koch said. “I felt really tired starting on the second set, but I got a burst of energy to finish it out.”
Men’s open singles was one of five divisions played on Saturday, including the men’s 4.5 singles, men’s open doubles, women’s open singles and women’s open doubles. The tournament finishes up today with the mixed open doubles competition, starting at 9.
“We had a good turnout with all the late entries we had,” tournament director Randy Moyers said. “There’s just a lot of things going on getting ready for school. I think that kind of held us back.
“But we did have some good, quality players here.”
Case Morris won the men’s 4.5 singles, topping Coady Morris 8-1 in the final match.
While both men’s singles divisions were played in bracket format, the women’s open singles was played as a round robin due to only four players signing up.
Macy Moyers, Randy Moyers’ daughter, won the women’s open singles title, going 3-0 on the day. Macy was one of four athletes from Great Bend High School’s girls’ tennis team competing.
“We had four women in the open singles and three women’s doubles teams, so that was pretty good to see,” Randy Moyers said. “It was a good thing for Great Bend High because we got four of our varsity girls to participate like a kickoff, which is what I was hoping for, to get things started for them.”
Both doubles divisions were played in round robin format.
Porter Loomis of Pratt and Randy Moyers won the men’s open doubles title at 3-0 on the day, and Larned’s Jessie Johnson and Ellsworth’s Rachel Herzog won the women’s open doubles crown with a 2-0 mark.
UNITED STATES TENNIS ASSOCIATION
Adult Open Tennis Tournament
At Great Bend
Veterans Memorial Park
Men’s Open Singles
Michael Koch def. Jose Garcia, 6-1, 6-0
Lance Henneh def. Nick Moyers, 6-2, 6-1
Koch def. Ben Moore, 6-2, 6-1
Championship — Koch def. Henne, 6-7 (3-7), 6-3, 10-7
Men’s 4.5 Singles
Coady Morris def. Steve Giebler, 1-6, 6-3, 10-8
Co. Morris def. Edward Ayala, 6-4, 6-2
Case Morris def. Arturo Ferrell, 6-2, 6-1
Championship — Ca. Morris def. Co. Morris, 8-1
Women’s Open Singles
Macy Moyers def. Bailey Schartz, 8-2
Jessie Johnson def. Schartz, 8-6
Moyers def. Johnson, 8-7 (7-2)
Morgan Francis def. Johnson 8-78 (7-0)
Moyers def. Francis, 8-5
Francis def. Schartz, 8-2
Men’s Open Doubles
Randy Moyers & Porter Loomis def. Arturo Ferrell & Steve Giebler, 8-0
Moyers & Loomis def. Case Morris & Coady Morris, 8-1
Ca. Morris & Co. Morris def. Ferrell & Giebler, 8-2
Moyers & Loomis def. Austin Jacobs & Jose Garcia, 6-2, 6-2
Jacobs & Adam Neeland def. Ferrell & Giebler, 8-3
Ca. Morris & Co. Morris def. Jacobs & Neeland, 8-7
Women’s Open Doubles
Macy Moyers & Morgan Francis def. Jami McVay & Brianna Schartz, 8-6
Rachel Herzog & Jessie Johnson def. Moyers & Francis, 8-6
Herzog & Johnson def. McVay & Schartz, 8-4