Mustang tennis team places 2nd

Register/Jocelyn Sheets
Mack Melvin goes for a return shot in an earlier home match for Iola High’s tennis team.

CHANUTE — Iola High’s Mustangs took second place at Friday’s Chanute High tennis quadrangular.
“That is hard to do when we don’t have a No. 2 doubles team to score points for us,” said Lyle Kern, IHS tennis coach.
Kent Toland won the No. 1 singles division for the Mustangs. He defeated Matt Stutt of Chanute 8-4.
“He had a small lapse in this match but it was nothing he couldn’t overcome,” Kern said of Toland’s opening match.
Toland cruised past David Warren of Labette County, 8-0, and Luis Casanas of Columbus, 8-1.
Playing No. 2 singles for Iola was Mack Melvin, which was his singles’ debut.
“Mack did exceptional against some tough opponents,” Kern said.
Melvin lost 8-1 to Jimmie Quinn of Chanute and to Nick Thomas of Columbus. In between, Melvin dropped an 8-5 decision to Garret Pierce of Labette County.
Michael Middleton and Chase Vaughn play as Iola’s No. 1 doubles team. They went 2-1 at Chanute, losing only to Chanute’s Cheshier and Herold 8-3.
“Michael and Chase keep improving. They played with a lot of confidence and they are playing a smarter game of tennis,” Kern said.
Vaughn and Middleton defeated Labette County’s Shellington and Heady 8-2. They beat Columbus’ Holman and Lee 8-4.
Iola returns to Pittsburg Wednesday to finish a suspended meet.