Elkhorn South, Pius tied for first heading into semifinal round at Class B state tennis

Elkhorn South, Pius tied for first heading into semifinal round at Class B state tennis
World-Herald News Service

LINCOLN — The past two Class B team champions, Elkhorn South and Lincoln Pius X, both moved all four entries into the semifinals Thursday during the opening day of state at Woods Tennis Center.

The Storm and Thunderbolts have 36 points each while Elkhorn, which has three entries in the semis, is third with 32.

The top three seeds in all four brackets advanced to the semis, which begins at 9 a.m. Friday. But three No. 5 seeds upended the No. 4 seeds in the quarterfinals.

One of those wins came in No. 1 singles as Elkhorn South’s Smaran Marupudi outlasted Gretna’s Zach Weber. Marupudi won the first set in a tiebreaker, and after Weber won the second set, the Elkhorn South junior won the super tiebreaker 10-6.

Marupudi will face top-seeded Mason Warner of Pius in the semis. Warner won 8-3 in their only matchup during the regular season.

The other semifinal pits Elkhorn freshman Zach Kuo against Elkhorn Mount Michael sophomore Isaac Gart. Kuo is 3-0 against Gart this fall.

Elkhorn South also has the top seeds in both doubles brackets. The No. 1 team of Jon and Ben Fink dropped a total of three games in their two matches Thursday. The No. 2 doubles team of Seth Fink and Michael Day lost one game in two matches. Fink and Day are 35-0 this season.

Team scores: Elkhorn South 36, Lincoln Pius X 36, Elkhorn 32, Kearney Catholic 26, Elkhorn Mount Michael 26, York 22, Adams Central 18, Waverly 18, Omaha Skutt 16, McCook 14, Gretna 12, GICC 10, Hastings 10, Lincoln Christian 10, Nebraska City 10, Alliance 8, Holdrege 8, North Platte 8, Gering 4, Omaha Gross 4, Beatrice 2, Lexington 2, Ralston 2, South Sioux City 2, Omaha Brownell Talbot/Concordia 0, Omaha Roncalli 0, Scottsbluff 0.

Individual quarterfinals

No. 1 singles: Mason Warner, LPX, def. Joel Poland, KC, 6-3, 6-0; Smaran Marupudi, ES, def. Zach Weber, Gretna, 7-6 (4), 4-6, 10-6; Isaac Gart, EMM, def. Nathen Bitzer, Waverly, 6-0, 6-0; Zach Kuo, Elkhorn, def. Thomas Hunt, AC, 6-0, 6-4.

No. 2 singles: Will Ulrich, LPX, def. Landon Seibert, KC, 6-0, 6-1; Miles Meier, ES, def. Hayden Retzlaff, Waverly, 6-7 (7), 6-4, 10-5; Wyatt Behlen, Elkhorn, def. Eli Fox, GICC, 6-1, 6-1; Nolan Sughroue, AC, def. Evan Beran, Gretna, 7-6 (6), 6-4.

No. 1 doubles: Jon Fink-Ben Fink, ES, def. Asher Kula-Justice Hanmer, Skutt, 6-0, 6-0; Connor Conrad-Brandt Groskreutz, KC, def. Joe Hitzemann-Peyton Rosenfels, EMM, 6-2, 6-3; Joe Plachy-William Olson, LPX, def. Jackson Habrock-Samuel Beard, Elkhorn, 6-3, 6-0; Bradyn Heiss-Luca Struffi, York, def. Langston Hoover-Logan Hoover, NC, 6-3, 6-1.

No. 2 doubles: Seth Fink-Michael Day, ES, def. Gavin Lipovsky-Travis Niemeyer, AC, 6-0, 6-0; Samuel Rice-Thomas O’Donnell, LPX, def. Logan Barenberg- Isaac Hinze, McCook, 6-3, 6-3; Hayden Royal-Hunter Royal, York, def. Adynn Kusek-Brayden Schram, Hastings, 6-2, 6-1; William Trausch-Jason LaFleur, Elkhorn, def. Logan Hock-Alexx Payne, EMM, 6-2, 6-4.

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