Lee’s Summit defeated Belton 8-1 in the match held April 4 at Belton. The Pirates lone victory came in the No. 1 singles as Luke Noll took down Lee’s Summit’s Dan McElroy 11-10 (8-6).
“Luke played a pretty consistent singles match at No. 1, against an opponent that was pretty even in ability,” Belton head coach Greg Martin said. “He had a pretty sizable lead midway and then let him get back into the match late and push it to a tie-break. Luke showed a gritty side in the tie-break that got him the victory. That toughness to finish matches will serve him well this season.”
In the rest of the singles, Belton’s Caleb Padgett lost his match to Bailey Reed 3-10, Reik Rees lost to Graham Sims 3-10, Alex Wahlbrink lost to Kevin Glenn 2-10, Austin Woodward was defeated by Justin Bowne 2-10 and Caleb Smith lost his match to Jose Sarratud 1-10.
“Otherwise, Lee’s Summit handled us pretty easily in the other singles matches,” Martin said. “I was pleased with how the guys pulled themselves together and went out and competed in the doubles matches with the outcome already decided. They competed and the No. 1 and No. 2 doubles matches which were closer than the final scores indicated.”
In doubles, Belton’s Noll and Padgett lost to McElroy and Reed 5-10, Rees and Wahlbrink lost to Sims and Bowne 8-10 and Woodward and Smith were defeated by Lee’s Summit’s Glenn and Connor Greufe 2-10.
“The guys went out and gave their best shot against a pretty good senior laden squad from Lee’s Summit,” Martin said. “It has been a difficult preseason with the weather and we haven’t been able to get as much court time as we would like and I think the guys understand that we are a ways away from playing our best tennis. The weather isn’t an excuse, because it’s the same for everyone we play.”