Tennis teams have busy weekend
     2013-09-12      By Jerry Purvis    news@geringcitizen.com
Photo by Lisa Betz/Gering Citizen Gering’s Alex Lupher preps for a volley during Friday’s home dual with Cheyenne South. Lupher and his #2 doubles partner, Noah Miller went 5-2 to take third place at the Scottsbluff Invite on Saturday.  
According to Coach Matt Palomo, the Gering High School boys’ tennis team continues to improve in their second season as the varsity sport continues.

Gering hosted Cheyenne South in a dual on Sept. 5 and came away with a 3-2 match win. The #3 doubles team of Trent Russell and Zach Stout won their last match of the day to give Gering the victory. “There were a lot of good matches all around,” Palomo said.

Two days later, Cheyenne South was part of the field as eight teams competed in the Scottsbluff Invitational. The Scottsbluff varsity and reserve teams hosted Gering and Alliance. In addition to Cheyenne South, other Wyoming teams were Gillette, Torrington and Sheridan.

The Scottsbluff Invitational was an all-Wyoming affair as Gillette took the championship with a total of 85 points. The runner-up was Sheridan with 77 points, followed by Cheyenne South with 46. Gering finished in sixth place with 36 total points.

Gering’s Brian Doll, who lost a close 2½ hour singles match on Thursday, was out with an illness for Saturday.

The #3 doubles team of Trent Russell and Mason Marsh went 2-5. The #2 doubles team of Noah Miller and Alex Lupher went 5-2 to pick up a third place medal. The #1 doubles team of Vince Moreno and Anthony Ramirez went 3-4. And Jason Doll, the #2 singles player, went 4-3, but finished in fourth.

“Even with only four players, the boys did really well,” Palomo said.

For Scottsbluff, their #3 varsity doubles team of Jackson Frank and Owen Para took a second place medal while the Bearcats #2 varsity doubles team of Brad Divan and Giovanni Aldrigo went 4-3. The #1 doubles team of Blake Wilberger and Eric Olsen went 3-4.
Scottsbluff’s reserve #3 doubles team of Gunnar Buchhammer and Patrick Madden went 4-3 and reserve #2 doubles, Soren Mercer-Smith and Brady Sindt, went 2-5.

This Saturday, the Gering boys are on the road for the North Platte Invitational. Ten teams from the Panhandle and eastern Nebraska will compete.

“This will give us a good look at the teams we’ll be competing against at state,” Palomo said. “The team has really stepped it up this year. They’re having fun and playing hard.”


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