Mustangs play tennis at Coffeyville

COFFEYVILLE — With postponements come situations of other commitments. That’s what Iola High’s Mustang tennis team ran into on Monday.
The Coffeyville tennis meet had been moved from Thursday to Monday. Two of Iola’s players — Kent Toland and Mack Melvin — had forensics and did not make the trip to Coffeyville.
“We were forced to play at the No. 1 positions so I kept the doubles team together and played Devin Manbeck at No. 1 singles,” said Lyle Kern, Mustang tennis coach.
Manbeck, a freshman, had trouble on the court. Kern said Manbeck was uncomfortable and didn’t respond well to playing at that level.
“He mentioned he may not want to play tennis anymore and I agreed with him,” Kern said.
Manbeck lost 8-0 in all three matches to Josh Vannurden of Pittsburg, Matt Stutt of Chanute and Luis Casanas of Columbus.
Iola’s No. 1 doubles team of Michael Middleton and Chase Vaughn dropped four decisions.
“But they keep getting better. We were close to winning every match, even the 8-0 match where we took seven of eight games to deuce,” Kern said.
Middleton and Vaughn lost 8-4 to Pittsburg’s Crowley and Griffen then lost 8-2 to Coffeyville’s Mitchell an Ott. Chanute’s Herold and Chester beat Iola 8-0 then Vaughn and Middleton lost 8-6 to Columbus’ Thomas and Ballantyne.