Late in the first set of Saturday’s Class 5A doubles championship, Goddard tennis coach Dan Buchanan knew his team of Britt Hansen and Ryan Wolfe was facing a crucial moment in the quest for the Lions’ first doubles title.
Hansen and Wolfe led St. Thomas Aquinas’ team of Nick Logan and Parker Turek 5-4 in the set, 40-15 in the game. Neither team had broken the other, but Goddard had a perfect chance for a break and to take the set.
“I told (Aquinas coach David Shriver) that ‘we’re up 40-15 and this point may decide the whole championship, right here, and we’re in the first set,’ ” Buchanan said. “We knew that it would come down to something like that, the first to cause a break.”
Hansen-Wolfe couldn’t hang on, though, and Logan-Turek came away with a 7-5, 6-3 win for the doubles title. The victory helped Aquinas to its second straight team title as the Saints finished with 47 points.
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Lansing finished second, Salina Central third. Goddard finished fifth.
In singles, Lansing freshman Anil Patel beat teammate Alberto Buogo. Patel had also beaten Buogo in the regional finals.
For Logan and Turek, avoiding the first set service break was a momentum-builder.
“It gave us a lot of confidence,” Turek said. “We kept level-headed. We kept fighting.”
Logan was serving that game and was able to get three straight poor returns from Goddard to finish it out. Then on Hansen’s serve, Aquinas was able to break Goddard. The Lions still had a shot down 6-5, but Parker didn’t allow a Goddard point on his serve.
Aquinas quickly broke Goddard in the second set on the Lions’ second serve for a 2-1 lead. Aquinas also broke Goddard in the match’s final game.
That it slipped away was disappointing for Hansen and Wolfe.
“It hurt,” said Hansen, who joined with Wolfe in April because of an injury to a teammate. “We played pretty good, but they made a lot of shots. They made us make mistakes. We tried to switch it up in the second set a little bit, pick on a different player, let him make the errors. They didn’t.
“We were really close. It just eats away (at you.).”
Team — 1. St. Thomas Aquinas 47, 2. Lansing 34, 3. Salina Central 31.5, 4. Bishop Miege 23, 5. Goddard 22, 6. (tie) Arkansas City and Winfield 12, 8. Newton 9, 9. (tie) Salina South and Topeka West 7.5, 11. Goddard Eisenhower 7, 12. (tie) Andover Central and Great Bend 5, 14. Andover 4.5, 15. (tie) BV Southwest 15 and Kapaun 3, 17. Bishop Carroll 2, 18. Topeka Seaman 1.5, 19. Emporia 1, 20. Blue Valley .5
Championship—Anil Patel, Lansing, dec. Alberto Buogo, Lansing, 6-2, 6-4. Third—Christian Boschert, Aquinas, dec. Steven Wirtz, Miege, 7-6, (7-2), 7-5. Fifth—Ben Grove, Miege, dec. Blake Jackson, Aquinas, 9-4. Seventh—Jack Weiner, Salina Central, dec. Cory Otis, Goddard Eisenhower, 9-3. Ninth—Austin Davids, Topeka West, dec. Timio Lopez, Goddard, 9-3. Eleventh—Steven Wagner, Andover, dec. Mason Born, Kapaun, 9-2.
Semifinals—Buogo, Lansing, dec. Wirtz, Miege, 1-6, 6-1, 6-0; Patel, Lansing, dec. Boschert, Aquinas, 6-1, 6-0.
Championship—Nick Logan-Parker Turek, Aquinas, dec. Britt Hansen-Ryan Wolfe, Goddard, 7-5, 6-3. Third—Justin Bengstson-Nathan Garlow, Salina Central, dec. John Rohr-Macen Vargas, Arkansas City, 7-5, 6-1. Fifth—Sam Camp-Alex Hanna, Winfield, dec. Zachary Hampton-David Weiner, Salina Central, 9-7. Seventh—Brooks Taylor-Josh Carlgren, Newton, dec. Kyler Arpin-Pierce Carey, Salina South, 9-1. Ninth—Mike Ibarra-Eric Robinson, Aquinas, dec. Nick Moyers-Chase Buntain, Great Bend, 9-7. Eleventh—Zack London-Nick Gazda, Andover Central, dec. Jeffrey Stevens-Niklas Hagenbeck, BV Southwest, 9-4.
Semifinals—Logan-Turek, Aquinas, dec. Rohr-Vargas, Arkansas City, 6-1, 6-3; Hansen-Wolfe, Goddard, dec. Bengstson-Garlow, Salina Central, 6-2, 6-1.