Archive for Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Bonner Springs’ top tennis doubles team unblemished

April 18, 2012, 3:57 p.m.

Updated: April 19, 2012, 12:00 a.m.

An unusual doubles pairing for the Bonner Springs tennis team has stormed its way through the first half of the season and remains undefeated. That makes Thursday’s Bonner Springs doubles invitational that much more intriguing.

Spencer Bush, a right-handed senior and No. 1 singles player, along with Quinton Schneck, a sophomore lefty, have played as the No. 1 doubles team for the Braves, beating all other schools’ top duos.

“I’ve got a doubles team that’s clicking,” coach Bill Scott said.

The team was put together at the start of the season without having much experience working together, but as the record shows, they have complimented each other’s styles very well to start the season.

“I’ve coached a long, long time,” Scott said, “so I guess I’ve got to be good at spotting talent and chemistry. That’s what you want in doubles.”

At Mill Valley Monday, the pair was tested against Paul Dresvyannikov and Connor Mills.

The match went to a tiebreak, but Bush and Schneck triumphed with an 8-7 (9-7) victory.

In the Mill Valley meet, Bonner Springs varsity lost overall, 8-4. But that record does not reflect the success of the doubles teams, where the Braves were 3-1.

That was the first thing Mill Valley coach Eric Ammerman noticed at the meet. He said that Scott must know his team well enough to play to its strengths, which this year is doubles. That means focusing on what will make them successful.

“There was an unusual gap between singles and doubles on their team,” Ammerman said. “I think that’s an indication on what a great job coach Scott is doing with his doubles teams, which I know has been an emphasis this year for them. Obviously it’s working.”

In No.1 singles, Bush lost to Mills 8-3 and No. 2 Eric Howse from Mill Valley beat Bonner Springs’ George Docking, 8-2.

The No. 3 match was perhaps the most intriguing match of the day.

Last week, the Braves’ Guilherme Pazos won gold at the Bonner Springs singles tournament against Dresvyannikov in a thrilling 8-6 match.

Though Dresvyannikov is the No. 1 singles player for Mill Valley, they adjusted the lineups so the two could have a rematch.

Again, it didn’t disappoint.

Dresvyannikov won this match, though it had to be settled in a tiebreaker, 8-7 (7-2).

“They had an absolutely great match days ago and I knew that my guy wanted to have another shot at this guy,” Ammerman said. “And it was another great match. They really went at it and it was fun to watch.”

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