Tigers tennis runner-up at conference


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Ryan Hankins swings at a serve during a singles match Friday in Warrensburg at the West Central Conference tennis tournament. The Smith-Cotton Tigers earned five medals and finished second as a team.


David Cho, left, serves during a doubles match as his partner Jacob Hedrick prepares for the return. Cho and Hedrick defeated O’Hara 8-3 in the first round of No. 1 and 2 doubles, but lost 8-0 to Warrensburg in the finals match.


David Cho, left, and Jacob Hedrick listen to Smith-Cotton head coach Rush Walters, right, in-between games of a doubles match Friday at Warrensburg for the West Central Conference tournament.


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Ryan Hankins swings at a serve during a singles match Friday in Warrensburg at the West Central Conference tennis tournament. The Smith-Cotton Tigers earned five medals and finished second as a team.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_IMG_0209.jpgRyan Hankins swings at a serve during a singles match Friday in Warrensburg at the West Central Conference tennis tournament. The Smith-Cotton Tigers earned five medals and finished second as a team.

David Cho, left, serves during a doubles match as his partner Jacob Hedrick prepares for the return. Cho and Hedrick defeated O’Hara 8-3 in the first round of No. 1 and 2 doubles, but lost 8-0 to Warrensburg in the finals match.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_IMG_0171.jpgDavid Cho, left, serves during a doubles match as his partner Jacob Hedrick prepares for the return. Cho and Hedrick defeated O’Hara 8-3 in the first round of No. 1 and 2 doubles, but lost 8-0 to Warrensburg in the finals match.

David Cho, left, and Jacob Hedrick listen to Smith-Cotton head coach Rush Walters, right, in-between games of a doubles match Friday at Warrensburg for the West Central Conference tournament.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_IMG_0249.jpgDavid Cho, left, and Jacob Hedrick listen to Smith-Cotton head coach Rush Walters, right, in-between games of a doubles match Friday at Warrensburg for the West Central Conference tournament.

There is a tinge of envy in Smith-Cotton tennis head coach Rush Walters’ voice when talking about his team.

“Just as a team and a program bringing home five medals is pretty big, at least for us,” Walters said. “When I was playing, we didn’t bring home this many medals. Smith-Cotton tennis hasn’t brought home that many medals in a while.”

The Tigers tennis team earned five medals in four events Friday at the West Central Conference tournament in Warrensburg, finishing second overall. Keron Irwin earned first place in singles, while David Cho and Matthew Tilley earned second-place medals. Cho and Jacob Hedrick finished runner-up to Warrensburg in doubles.

Walters said he was also impressed with his lower seeds in the tournament. Irwin won the only first-place title as the No. 6 player. Tilley and Ryan Hankins lost singles matches in a tiebreaker after rallying from a couple games behind each.

“Matthew and Ryan went at it,” Walters said. “Good effort. They pulled through for sure.”

Warrensburg finished first place as a team at the tournament.

Alex Agueros can be reached at 660-826-1000, ext. 1483 or on Twitter @abagueros2

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Alex Agueros can be reached at 660-826-1000, ext. 1483 or on Twitter @abagueros2

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