Paris tennis places 2nd in LIC Tourney for second straight year
Paris placed 2nd out of six teams in the LIC Tournament this past Saturday in Flora. The Tigers had 22 points behind Olney’s 27, and well in front of third place Flora’s total of 14.5.
Paris Head Coach Stefan Aydt noted, “I was really happy with everyone’s performance Saturday. Olney was the clear favorite coming in, as they had all four entries seeded. Flora had three seeds, while Robinson and Paris each had two.
In singles, Maxwell Holloway came in as the fourth seed. He started the day by taking a big win over Nick Freeman of Flora before facing the #1 seed, Felix Pajonk of Olney, the only conference player to have beaten him during the regular season. Saturday’s rematch was another close match, but Pajonk took a 7-6(4), 6-4 win. Holloway moved on to the third place match, where he avenged a regular season loss to #2 seeded Kaden Buchanan of Robinson, winning 6-4, 6-4. The third place finish earns him second team all-conference for the second consecutive year.
Ethan Graham was the other singles entry and was unseeded. He won his first round match easily, before falling to the #2 seed Buchanan, 6-3, 6-1. Graham won big against Lucas Oakley of Casey in his first backdraw match in a 6-1 sweep. In his fourth match of the day, Graham took a nice upset win in his fifth place match against #5 seeded Austin Atwood of Olney. Atwood was visibly exhausted and Graham did a good job of moving him around the court to win 6-2, 6-3, giving Atwood only his third loss of the season.
In doubles, Jacob Randolph and Nathan Minnis made it to the championship without much trouble, before falling to the #1 seed, Hendrickson/Bettis of Olney. Olney did a good job of isolating Paris' baseline player, making it hard for them to win points at the net, taking the 6-3 sweep in the championship. Nonetheless, both Paris players earned first team all-conference.
The other doubles team of Noah Holzer and Caleb Lawson came in unseeded, but won a tight first round match against Casey’s top doubles team, after losing to them four days earlier. They also gave the #1 seeded Hendrickson/Bettis of Olney a scare in the first set of their second round match before falling 6-4, 6-1. Both of their matches in the backdraw were also close, but they picked up good wins over another Casey team and a Robinson team to finish in fifth place on the day.
“Everyone played 3 or 4 matches on the day, and despite the temperature nearing 90º, we gave a great effort in every match, helping us to a second place finish in the LIC for the second consecutive year."