The Grand Island Central Catholic boys tennis team took care of business at its home invite in a big way.
The Crusaders drop only one match during the entire invite to easily take it with 17 points, nine more than runner-up Kearney Catholic.
GICC captured the No. 1 singles and doubles, along with No. 2 singles titles. Crusader coach James Lowry said it was a good day.
"You come out in your first invite and dominate it the way we did today was outstanding," Lowry said. "Lincoln Christian and Adams Central were here and they have outstanding programs and I think Kearney Catholic has some good players. For us to come out and win this was a very good start for our team. "
Quentin Harshbarger captured the No. 1 singles title, while Ryan Vitera claimed No. 2 singles and the duo of Dylan Nordhues and John Rohweder took the No. 1 doubles.
None of the teams lost more than four games. Vitera was the most impressive as he lost only one game in three matches.
Lowry said those players have worked hard to get where they are at.
"It’s a tribute to what they’ve done in the past," Lowry said. "You really can’t take credit for making them a great team in two weeks. This is what they’ve done over the summer and what they’ve done with coach (Bill) Gavers. In two weeks, we’re just trying to develop habits and keep what they have. Some of them have put in a lot of time over the summer and it’s paying off for them."
Lowry said he was happy with what Jordan Fay and Noah Bernal did at No. 2 doubles. The two players fell to Adams Central’s Garrett Sittner and Conner Nelson 8-1 but defeated Kearney Catholic’s Adam Keating and Tyson Antillon 7-5. However, Keating and Antillon posted an 8-5 victory over Sittner and Nelson. Keating and Antillon ended up winning the No. 2 doubles title based on overall games in all the matches.
But overall, Lowry was pleased with what the Crusaders did this week. They opened with a 9-0 victory over Kearney Catholic Thursday.
"They just need to work on the little things," Lowry said. "The No. 2 doubles team are good players and they are going to improve a lot and going 2-1 is not the end of the world. I think they will be hungry enough to put the time in. But what we’ve done this week is saying something and it’s a good confidence booster."
GICC will be back in action at the Lexington Double Dual.
Team Standings: Grand Island Central Catholic 17, Kearney Catholic 8, Lincoln Christian 6, Adams Central 5.
No. 1 — Quinten Harshbarger, GICC, 3-0.
No. 2 — Ryan Vitera, GICC, 3-0.
No. 1 — Dylan Nordhues/John Rohweder, GICC, 3-0.
No. 2 — Adam Keating/Tyson Antillon, KC, 2-1 (tiebreaker)