McPHERSON — The Newton High School boys’ tennis team opened the season with an individual title and a fourth-place team finish Tuesday at the McPherson Invitational.?McPherson won the meet, followed by Great Bend and Winfield tied for second. Newton finished four points out of second place. There were seven teams in competition.?Newton was led by German foreign exchange student Yannick Rave, who won the singles title with a 4-0 record. Rave downed top-seeded Bradon Baker of Derby 8-6 in the semifinals. In the finals against second-seeded Chad Olney of Winfield, Rave led 7-4. Down 40-love in the 12th game, Olney fought off three match points to win the game along with the next two to force a tie breaker. Tied 5-5 in the tie breaker, Rave won the next two points for the title.?“I’ve been playing for seven year, I’m not sure,” Rave said. “We play in a club. We have a different system. I’m happy I won, but I have to work on consistency, volleys and overheads. I’m glad I won. That’s the important thing for the moment.”?Rave said playing the pro-set system used in many high school tournaments took some getting used to. At the club level in Germany, most team matches are played in a format similar to college dual meets, using best-of-three set formats. He said playing in the cold and wind of Tuesday’s tournament was different.?“I’ll play one singles (match) and one doubles,” Rave said. “Our season starts in like April outside, so it’s warmer.”?Adam Ford finished 2-2 in singles for 11th place.?In doubles play, Riley Kingsley and Josh Carlgren drew a first-round bye, but lost in the quarterfinals by tie-breaker. Kingsley and Carlgren came back to finish 2-1 for fifth place.?The team of Preston Ford and Nat Dick finished 2-2 for 11th place.?“We have things we need to work on for the whole team,” Newton coach Nick Sisson said. “Yannick had a great day for his first time out. Adam, our other singles player, finished 2-2 in his first meet as a freshman in a tough draw. He lost to the third seed in the first round, but played well after that. Our top doubles team lost in the second round, but it was close. It’s a win I think they can get back in the coming weeks. It’s the first time they’ve ever played together. Our two doubles played well too. I’ll take a .500 or winning record any day.”?Newton plays Thursday at the Emporia Invitational.?“We have a short turnaround, then we have a big tournament Tuesday at Arkansas City,” Sisson said. “We have a shopping list of things to work on with one day’s worth of practice to get ready for them.”
McPherson Invitational?Team scores — (one match was still in progress) McPherson 49 or 48, Great Bend 36, Winfield 36, Newton 32, Derby 28, Hays 17 or 16.?Newton results?Singles?1. Yannick Rave (4-0) — 1. W Bayron Rivera Hys. 8-1, QF. W Nick Moyers GB 8-5, SF. W Bradon Baker Der. 8-6, F. W Chad Olney Win. 8-7 (7-5).?11. Adam Ford (2-2) — 1. L Connor Schafer McP. 8-3, CQF. W Justin Briles Der. 8-6, CSF. L Cody Brown Hys. 8-3, 11th. W Bayron Rivera Hys. 8-2.?Doubles?5. Riley Kingsley-Josh Carlgren (2-1) — 1. bye, QF. L Carey-Kearns SS 8-7 (7-5), CSF. W Fowler-Palmer Der. 8-5, 5th. W Camp-Hoover Win. 8-6.?11. Preston Ford-Nat Dick (2-2) — 1. L Buntain-Jacobs GB 8-3, CQF. W Berry-Plotz Hys. 8-3, CSF. L Wasko-Boyle Win. 8-5, 11th. W McGinnis-Glassman Hys. 8-4.