Tigers’ Henry advances to state tennis tournament

dmcqueen@lsjournal.comMay 19, 2017 

Ethan Henry of Lee’s Summit qualified for the Class 2 boys tennis state singles tournament after winning a sectional match Wednesday at Hilltop Racket Club. Henry, a junior, went to state in doubles last season.

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Lee’s Summit junior Ethan Henry has made it back to state.

Henry, who played in the Class 2 state boys tennis tournament last season in doubles, is going back this year in singles after beating Nick Hare of Rockhurst 6-0, 6-0 Wednesday in a Class 2 sectional match at Hilltop Racket Club to advance.

Henry improved to 18-1 in singles this season as he continued a recent run of postseason dominance. He won the Class 2 District 14 singles tournament at Lee’s Summit North last week by giving up only four games over three matches, capping it with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Blake Savidge of Truman in the final for his third district crown.

“He is certainly on a roll,” Lee’s Summit tennis coach Megan Hobbs said.

In his sectional match against Hare, Hobbs said Henry showed great confidence in his game by hitting deeper into the court with a heavier spin.

“This allowed him create openings to go for the winner in the opposite court or come in for a put-away volley,” Hobbs said. “He put pressure on his opponent with big serves and deep returns.”

Donovan Walsh of Rockhurst won the other sectional qualifying match, beating Savidge 6-4, 6-1. Rockhurst also advanced both doubles teams, with Owen Dixon and Graham Colombo, and Collin Klumb and Henry Goeke, winning their matches. Henry and Kevin Glenn advanced in doubles last season and reached the state quarterfinals.

The Class 1 and 2 state tennis tournaments will be held May 25-27 at the Cooper Tennis Complex in Springfield. The Class 2 singles tournament will get under way May 26.

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