JV tennis wraps season with strong performances

The Gardner Edgerton boys’ junior varsity tennis team wrapped up their season recently with a semi-quad on April 26 at Spring Hill and a dual on April 27 at home against Shawnee Mission South.

On April 26, the Blazers took two teams of six to help fill in at Spring Hill after a team withdrew and faced off against Baldwin, Spring Hill and themselves. The Blazers dominated play and was great opportunity for players to one more match. Overall, the Blazers came away victorious, but the highlight of the day was the No.1 singles face-off between Gavin Essex and Joshua Davila. After being down early, Essex fought his way back to victory in a tiebreaker and bragging rights, going 3-0 for the day. Davila was right behind him at 2-1 with his only loss. Blake Davis and Tommy Clarke played tough at No. 2 singles, while the doubles teams of Josh Colby and Tyler Burns, Nikola Majstorovic and Kevin Bleess, Zach Ehlers and Connor Peterson and Jayden Paterson and Matt Wintgen rounded out the roster for the Blazers, and all had impressive play, showing their progress.

On April 27, the Blazers played at home against Shawnee Mission South, finishing with an overall 8-10 match record. Singles wins went to No. 1 Gavin Essex (8-3), No. 2 Tommy Clarke (8-2), No. 5 Connor Peterson (8-5) and No. 11 Michael Crevoiserat (8-2). Winning his first singles match of the season was No. 12 Andres Espinoza, who fought to win in an 8-7 tiebreaker (7-5). Another notable singles match was played by Nikola Majstorovic, who fought well, but came up short in the tiebreaker 7-8 ( 5-7).

In doubles, wins were earned by No. 1 team Gavin Essex/Connor Peterson (8-3), No. 3 team Kevin Bleess/Tommy Clarke (8-6) and No. 4 team Josh Colby/Tyler Burns (8-6).

“It’s been a great first season for Coach (Derrick) Abromeit and myself and we’ve seen some awesome progress (that) we’re looking to build on this summer at camp and next season,” coach Deb Osborn said.