DODGE CITY— Garden City polled 13 points to capture this year’s Western Athletic Conference tennis title during the annual conference meet Monday. Host Dodge City recorded nine points to finish as runner up while the Panthers and Liberal tied for third with seven team points. Hays finished last with four points.
Senior Grant Harris dominated in No. 1 singles with a 4-0 sweeping. Harris’ closest match came in the opening round against Dodge City’s Brett Groth as Harris declared an 8-3 victory. He downed Garrett Kipp (Garden City) in an 8-1 decision. Harris then defeated Mitchell Irby (Liberal) and Andrew McGinnis (Hays) by identical 8-2 scores.
In No. 2 singles Aron Rodriguez went 1-3. Rodriguez fell in his first three matches to Angel Salmeron (Dodge City), Joe Bastillo (Garden City) and Buddy Buchanan (Liberal) by scores of 8-3, 8-4 and 8-0. Rodriguez then defeated Curtis Renz (Hays) in his final match, 8-3.
In doubles, Marcos Cerda and Santiago Talamantes finished at 2-2 (3rd place) in the first flight. The Panther duet fell in their first two matches to Jacob Waldman and Thomas Finley (Dodge City) and Sebastian Kyaw and Jose Depaz (Garden City) by scores of 8-2, 8-2. They then defeated Johnny Tran and Nano Hernandez (Liberal) and Trent Flora and Logan Clark (Hays) by scores of 8-2 and 8-3.
Ben Diel and Ozioma Ofoma fell in four straight in No. 2 doubles.
#2 Doubles Ben Diel & Ozioma Ofoma (0-4)
Lost 0-8 to Richard Rodriguez & Sebastian Mejia of Dodge City
Lost 1-8 to Dylan Victor & Isaac Silva of Garden City
Lost 2-8 to Sergio Borjas & Jose Ortega of Liberal
Lost 7-8 (7-9) to Drew Morley & Jacob Alexander
Great Bend will participate in the regional meet on Saturday, May 9 at Newton.