Two JHS doubles teams qualify for state meet
Four Blue Jays are qualified for the state tournament and Matt Graves could make it five today. Jamestown's doubles teams of Danny Fischer and Riley Schafer and Chase Marker and Mitch Smyth are in and will play each other at 11 a.m. today for see...
Four Blue Jays are qualified for the state tournament and Matt Graves could make it five today.
Jamestown's doubles teams of Danny Fischer and Riley Schafer and Chase Marker and Mitch Smyth are in and will play each other at 11 a.m. today for seeding purposes.
Fischer and Schafer, unseeded, upset the No. 3 doubles team at the West Region Tennis Tournament in Minot on Friday.
Marker and Smyth lost, got a bye and then won, setting up the JHS showdown for spots 5-6-7-8 at the state meet next weekend in Bismarck.
Graves will play Nathan Lo of Bismarck Century in a state qualifier today at 9 a.m. in singles action.
"In theory we could get five guys qualified for state. That would be big for our program," coach Pat Mullowney said.
In the team tournament late Thursday night, the Blue Jays fell to Mandan 4-1 in a state-qualifier.
Fischer and Schafer got the lone win for JHS, beating Nathan Berger and Kyler Vogel, 6-4, 6-3, in the No. 1 doubles match.
Smyth played well at No. 3 singles, but let a 3-1 lead in the second set tiebreaker slip away in a straight-set loss.
Graves and Marker had led 5-1 in the second set of their No. 2 doubles match, but Ben Wanner and Erik Porter won the next five games to win in two.
"Things have to fall in place when you play a team like Mandan," Mullowney said. "We liked the match-ups, and we played pretty well for the most part. But Mandan is a solid team, they're deep."
West Region Tennis Tournament
Team tournament (Late Thursday)
Mandan 4, Jamestown 1
No. 1: Jake Kist, Mandan def. Ryan Sanders, 6-4, 6-0.
No. 2: Alex Conlon, Mandan def. Alex Reed, 6-1, 6-0.
No. 3: Jackson Wenstrom, Mandan def. Mitch Smyth, 7-5, 7-6 (3).
No. 1: Danny Fischer/Riley Schafer, JHS def. Nathan Berger/Kyler Vogel, 6-4, 6-3.
No. 2: Ben Wanner/Erik Porter, Mandan def. Matt Graves/Chase Marker, 6-3, 7-5.
-- Dave Selvig