Broncos take tennis opener

dmcqueen@lsjournal.comMarch 28, 2014 

With temperatures in the 40s and as cool breeze blowing, the conditions weren’t exactly ideal March 25 for Lee’s Summit North’s first tennis match of the season.

But Broncos coach Stu Reece and his players weren’t about to complain. They have, after all, seen much worse.

“Last year at this time we were shoveling snow off the courts most of the spring,” Reece said. ”The fact we’re on dry pavement is an improvement over last season.”

North began this season with a 9-0 victory over Harrisonville on the Broncos’ home courts. So if the Broncos were bothered by the chill, it was hard to tell.

“These guys have been practicing in the cold weather, so they don’t feel it as much as the coaches do standing around watching,” Reece said.

“The guys have really played well. Both teams don’t show like its their first match of the year. We’ve seen a lot of good tennis, a lot of good tennis shots.”

Reece was happy with the way his team performed in its first match, especially since every player had a new position on the squad. Reece said Thomas Faulkenberry played some his best tennis in his 10-3 victory over Alec Sloan in No. 2 singles. Lance Lanier, playing No. 4 singles, held on for a hard-fought 10-7 win over Harrisonville’s Jason Vogt.

“I saw a lot of positives, a lot of consistencies,” Reece said. “We still have some things to work on, but overall, it’s a positive.”

Jimmy Bertken, North’s No. 1 singles player, beat Nathan Morse 10-5. In the other singles matches, Jake Handley beat Gavin Supernaw 10-3 at No. 3; Ryan Eckmann downed Tanner Murray 10-3 at No. 5 and Austin Kuklenski topped Jordan Davis 10-2 at No.6.

In the doubles matches, Bertken and Faulkenberry beat Morse and Sloan 10-1 at No. 1; Handley and Eckmann beat Supernaw and Vogt 10-2 at No. 2; and Kuklenski and Lanier beat Murray and Davis 10-3 at No. 3.

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