Paris boys tennis finished third out of seven teams in the Robinson Doubles Torunament Saturday morning. Teutopolis won the tournament with 15 points, followed by Effingham with 10, then Paris with 9.5. Mattoon came in fourth at 7.5, Robinson at 5, Newton with 2, and Olney with 1.5.
Paris Head Coach Stefan Aydt liked how the team stacked up. “I thought we had a good day overall. All three matches that we lost on the day were to Teutopolis, who was the team champion and usually has some of the top doubles teams in the area.” He went on to add, “That’s our best finish at this tournament in the six years I’ve coached, so I was really proud of the performances we had.”
Jacob Randolph and Nathan Minnis played very well at number one doubles. They pushed Teutopolis in both sets of their first round match, but couldn’t quite pull off either, falling 7-5, 7-6(4). That put them in the backdraw, where they had a bye before playing Robinson’s top team, who had defeated them in a three set match earlier in the season.
Robinson struggled with errors early, but forced a tiebreak with a second set win. Just like last time, Paris took an early lead in the tiebreaker, but didn’t let up and finished off the match with a 10-5 win to take fifth place in the first doubles bracket.
In the second doubles bracket, Maxwell Holloway and Ethan Graham started off the day with a bye, so their first match was a semifinal against Robinson. They started off a little flat and Robinson took a 6-3 win in the first set. Both players then dominated the second set, which carried over to the third set tiebreak, which they won 10-4.
This moved them to the championship match against Teutopolis, Max and Ethan played well, but T-town did a good job taking advantage of small mistakes. Both sets were close, but both went to T-town as they won 6-4, 7-5.
Noah Holzer and Caleb Lawson had the busiest day in the third doubles bracket, as they had to play matches in all three rounds. They took a nice 6-0, 6-3 win against a pair of young Olney players in the first round. Their second round match was against Robinson, which they won in a 6-3 sweep.
They played a fresh Teutopolis team in the title round that had only played one match on the day. Teutopolis did a great job hitting angles and putting away points at the net, and Paris struggled to find a way to win points, falling 6-1, 6-2.