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Washburn Rural tennis opens '21 with quadrangular victory

Kyler KnudtsonWashburn Rural junior Kyler Knudtson won three matches on the day, helping the Junior Blues go 3-0 in Saturday's tennis quadrangular at Kossover Tennis Center. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

By RICK PETERSON

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Washburn Rural boys tennis team may not have any stars, at this point anyway, but the Junior Blues showed off their depth in Saturday's Washburn Rural quadrangular at Kossover Tennis Center, posting a perfect 3-0 record while winning 24 of 27 matches on the day in Rural's first competition since 2019.

Kevin Hedberg's team opened the day with a 6-3 win over Hayden before taking 9-0 wins over Topeka High and Junction City. Hayden finished second in the quad, following up its loss to Washburn Rural with an 8-1 win over Junction City and a 9-0 decision over Topeka High.

"It's just great to be out here, but the other side of it is all of us, since we missed a season, everybody needs match play, everybody needs experience and, quite frankly, you don't need it playing your teammates,'' Hedberg said. "You get it when you play other people, so this was a good day.'' 

The Junior Blues got singles wins from juniors Nick Luetje (No. 3), sophomore Mason Casebeer (No. 4), juniors Jack Kramer (No. 5) and sophomore Kiefer Von Lintel (No. 6) against Hayden while junior Kyler Knudtson and senior Aryamann Zutshi (No. 2) and Kramer and junior Zach Willingham (No. 3) took doubles victories.

 Knudtson (No.1), Zutshi (No. 2), Luetje (No. 3), Von Lintel (No. 4), sophomore Drew Newbery (No. 5) and Willingham (No. 6) notched singles wins against Topeka High while Casebeer and Luetje won in the No. 1 doubles match, while Kramer and Willingham won at No. 2 and Von Lintel and Newbery at No. 3.

Against Junction City the Junior Blues got singles wins from Knudtson (No. 1), Zutshi (No. 2), Luetje (No. 3), Casebeer (No. 4), Von Lintel (No. 5) and Newbery (No. 6) while Luetje and Casebeer (No. 1), Von Lintel and Newbery (No. 2) and Kramer and Willingham (No. 3) all won their doubles matches.

Hedberg said he saw some things out of Saturday that the Junior Blues can build on moving forward.

"I've got four or five things we'll be talking about on Monday and trying to get better at,'' Hedberg said.

MichaelSandstromquadHayden junior Michael Sandstrom went undefeated on the day in Saturday's Washburn Rural quadrangular at Kossover Tennis Center. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

Senior Alex Sherer and junior Michael Sandstrom went undefeated on the day for runner-up Hayden with Sherer and Sandstrom both winning a pair of singles matches and a pair of doubles matches.while senior Jeff Moore won matches in both singles and doubles for Topeka High.

JeffMooreTopeka High senior Jeff Moore posted singles and doubles wins in Saturday's Washburn Rural tennis quad at Kossover Tennis Center. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

WASHBURN RURAL 6, HAYDEN 3

No. 1 singles -- Alex Sherer, Hayden, def. Kyler Knudtson, Washburn Rural, 8-0; No. 2 singles -- Michael Sandstrom, Hayden, def. Aryamann Zutshi, 8-6; No. 3 singles -- Nick Luetje, Washburn Rural, def. Gus Glotzbach, Hayden, 8-5; No. 4 singles -- Mason Casebeer, Washburn Rural, def. Tyler Broxterman, Hayden, 8-2; No. 5 singles -- Jack Kramer, Washburn Rural, def. Cooper Meier, Hayden, 8-0; No. 6 singles -- Kiefer Von Lintel, Washburn Rural, def. Hudson Ramirez, Hayden, 8-3. No. 1 doubles -- Alex Sherer/Michael Sandstrom, Hayden, def. Nick Luetje/Mason Casebeer, Washburn Rural, 8-2; No. 2 doubles -- Kyler Knudtson/Aryamann Zutshi, Washburn Rural, def. Patrick Gorman/Johnny Holloway, Hayden, 8-3; No. 3 doubles -- Jack Kramer/Zach Willingham, Washburn Rural, def. Aidan Butcher/Cooper Meier, Hayden, 8-1.

JUNCTION CITY 5, TOPEKA HIGH 4

No. 1 singles -- Hayden Diestelkamp, Junction City, def. Kaiden Briscoe, Topeka High, 8-6; No. 2 singles -- Jeff Moore, Topeka High, def. Thomas Norris, Junction City, 8-6; No. 3 singles -- Nate Green, Junction City, def. Colton Catton, Topeka High, 8-4; No. 4 singles -- Alex Matthews, Junction City, def. Kevin Gutierrez, Topeka High, 8-5; No. 5 singles -- Walter Evans, Topeka High, def. Nate Beier, Junction City, 8-5; No. 6 singles -- Tate Hodges, Topeka High, def. Andre Portillo, Junction City, 8-1; No. 1 doubles -- Kaiden Briscoe/Jeff Moore, Topeka High, def. Thomas Norris/Nate Green, Junction City, 8-1; No. 2 doubles -- Hayden Diestelkamp/Alex Matthews, Junction City, def. Nathaniel Routsong/Cameron Meseke, Topeka High, 8-4; No. 3 doubles -- Nicholas Beier/Alan Leis, Junction City, def. Jonathan Figeroa/Elian Figeroa, Topeka High, 8-6.

WASHBURN RURAL 9, TOPEKA HIGH 0

No. 1 singles -- Kyler Knudtson, Washburn Rural, def. Matt Moore, Topeka High, 8-2; No. 2 singles -- Aryamann Zutshi, Washburn Rural, def. Colton Catton, Topeka High, 8-1; No. 3 singles -- Nick Luetje, Washburn Rural, def. Walter Evans, Topeka High, 8-3; No. 4 singles -- Kiefer Von Lintel, Washburn Rural def. Tate Hodges, Topeka High, 8-2; No. 5 singles -- Drew Newbery, Washburn Rural, def. Jonathan Figeroa, Topeka High, 8-1; No. 6 singles -- Zach Willingham, Washburn Rural, def. Nathaniel Routsong, Topeka High, 8-3; No. 1 doubles -- Mason Casebeer/Nick Luetje, Washburn Rural, def. Kaiden Brisco/Elian Figeroa, Topeka High, 8-2; No. 2 doubles -- Jack Kramer/Zach Willingham, Washburn Rural, def. Kevin Gutierrez/Morales, Topeka High, 8-0; No. 3 doubles -- Kiefer Von Lintel/Drew Newbery, Washburn Rural, def. Nathaniel Routsong/Cameron Meseke, Topeka High, 8-0.

HAYDEN 8, JUNCTION CITY 1

No. 1 singles -- Alex Sherer, Hayden, def. Hayden Diestelkamp, Junction City, 8-0; No. 2 singles -- Gus Glotzbach, Hayden, def. Thomas Norris, Junction City, 8-3; No. 3 singles -- Cooper Meier, Hayden, def. Nate Green, Junction City, 8-4; No. 4 singles -- Alex Matthews, Junction City, def. Aidan Butcher, Hayden, 8-4; No. 5 singles -- Patrick Gorman, Hayden, def. Nick Beier, Junction City, 8-1; No. 6 singles -- Johnny Holloway, Hayden, def. Alan Leis, Junction City, 8-0. No. 1 doubles -- Michael Sandstrom/Gus Glotzbach, Hayden, def. Thomas Norris/Nate Green, Junction City, 8-1; No. 2 doubles -- Hudson Ramirez/Johnny Holloway, Hayden, def. Hayden Distelkamp/Alex Matthews, Junction City, 8-6; No. 3 doubles -- Tyler Broxterman/Aidan Butcher, Hayden, def. Nicholas Beier/Alan Leis, Junction City, 8-1.

WASHBURN RURAL 9, JUNCTION CITY 0

No. 1 singles -- Kyler Knudtson, Washburn Rural, def. Hayden Diestelkamp, Junction City, 8-2; No. 2 singles -- Aryamann Zutshi, Washburn Rural def. Thomas Norris, Junction City, 8-2; No. 3 singles -- Nick Luetje, Washburn Rural, def. Nate Green, Junction City, 8-0; No. 4 singles -- Mason Casebeer, Washburn Rural, def. Alex Matthews, Junction City, 8-0; No. 5 singles -- Kiefer Von Lintel, Washburn Rural, def. Nick Beier, Junction City, 8-0; No. 6 -- Drew Newbery, Washburn Rural, def. Alan Leis, Junction City, 8-0. No. 1 doubles -- Nick Luetje/Mason Casebeer, Washburn Rural, def. Thomas Norris/Nate Green, Junction City, 8-0; No. 2 doubles -- Kiefer Von Lintel/Drew Newberry, Washburn Rural, def. Hayden Diestelkamp/Alex Matthews, Junction City, 8-0; No. 3 doubles -- Jack Kramer/Zach Willingham, Washburn Rural, def. Nicholas Beier/Alan Leis, Junction City, 8-0.

HAYDEN 9, TOPEKA HIGH 0

No. 1 singles -- Michael Sandstrom, Hayden, def. Jeff Moore, Topeka High, 8-3; No. 2 singles -- Gus Glotzbach, Hayden, def. Elian Figeroa, Topeka High, 8-1; No. 3 singles -- Tyler Broxterman, Hayden, def. Tate Hodges, Topeka High, 8-1; No. 4 singles -- Hudson Ramirez, Hayden, def. def. Jonathan Figeroa, Topeka High, 8-3; No. 5 singles -- Johnny Holloway, Hayden, def. Kevin Gutiettez, Topeka High, 8-2; No. 6 singles -- Patrick Gorman, Hayden, def. Morales, Topeka High, 8-1. No. 1 doubles -- Alex Sherer/Gus Glotzbach, Hayden, def. Kaiden Brisco/Tate Hodges, Topeka High, 8-1; No. 2 doubles -- Patrick Gorman/Tyler Broxterman, def. Matt Moore/Elian Figeroa, Topeka High, 8-7; No. 3 doubles -- Cooper Meier/Hudson Ramirez, Hayden, def. Walter Evans/Colton Catton, Topeka High, 8-3.