The Raymore-Peculiar tennis team finished fourth in the annual Mike VanBeceleare Invitational April 20 at Lee’s Summit North.
The Panthers had a team score of 27 points, behind Lee’s Summit West in first with 44, Lee’s Summit North (40) and Lee’s Summit (31).
“The team performed to my expectation of battling the three Lee’s Summit schools for the top three spots,” Raymore-Peculiar head coach Anthony Dabalos said. “In an eight-team tournament, it is always important to get off to a good start and win your first round match, and assure yourself of placing in the top four.”
Three of the four Raymore-Peculiar flights were able to win their first-round matches. The ‘A’ flight was the only team to lose the first round match, as Travis Hopkins and Clint Gardner were defeated by Lee’s Summit North 10-6. The duo then beat Fort Osage 8-1 in the consolation semifinals and beat Truman 9-8 (4) for fifth place.
In ‘B’ flight, Kaleb Schuler and Alex Oberlander defeated Truman 10-4 in the first round, but lost to Lee’s Summit West 10-3 in the semifinals and fell to Lee’s Summit North 10-5 in the third place match for fourth place.
In ‘C’ flight, Daichi Tadokoro and David Barberis beat Fort Osage 10-3 in the first round, but lost to Lee’s Summit North 10-2 in semifinals and to Lee’s Summit 10-7 for fourth place.
Brandon Jungling and Brandon Dickerson in D flight defeated St. Pius X 10-0 in the first round, beat Fort Osage 10-7 in the semifinals, but then lost to Lee’s Summit North 4-6 and 4-6 in the championship match.
“Jungling-Dickerson played a good match against Lee's Summit North, but fell short 4-6, 4-6 with a break of serve deciding each set,” Dabalos said. “Due to the weather, we will play almost every day of the week before the first round of team districts.”