LINCOLN – The Columbus #1 Doubles team of Grant Stadler and Dawson Dreifurst made it to the second round of state tournament play before falling to Millard North.
Stadler and Dreifurst downed Omaha North 6-2,6-0 to advance to the second round of play, where the duo fell to Millard North in the contest 6-2, 6-0.
#1 Singles Adam Kamrath, and #2 Singles Alex Uhlig, fell in their opening round matches to Omaha Central and Millard West respectively, while #2 Doubles duo Trevor Luckey and Colin Flyr fell to Lincoln East.
Read Head Coach Scott Bethune’s look back at the 2017 season below.
Coming into the season we knew it was going to be a rebuilding year. We graduate 5 of the 6 varsity starters from the 2016 season, which did goods things such as earning the runner up trophy at the GNAC tournament.
Our lone returning starter was senior Alex Uhlig and he was relied upon for his experience and leadership to the new varsity players. He did not disappoint. He was a true leader day in and day out. He came away with some big wins when we needed them. He played hard every time he stepped onto the court and he never gave up. He had a true competitive spirit. Alex started off the season playing #1 doubles but by the end of the season played at #2 singles. He was very universal which was very important to the team because he could be used anywhere we needed him. He had some great wins at singles which was a carry-over from last season where he played at the state tournament as a junior. His presence will definitely be missed next year but his impact will be seen.
We did not have much overall team success during the season but one of our goals was to come away from all competitions with some wins. We accomplished that goal. We always finished towards the bottom but had success(wins) in 1 or more divisions. Another goal that we had was to improve from week to week. Every player did that. With 5 new varsity players, two of which were freshman (Flyr and Luckey), experience alone came just by playing more and more matches. We saw vast improvement and that will definitely carry over for those returning next year.
Grant Stadler is another senior that contributed to the varsity this season. Grant was a junior varsity player last year and really worked hard in the off-season to improve his game. As a result, he moved up to the number 4 spot on the team ladder and played #1 doubles for us at invitationals. He teamed up with Dawson Dreifurst(also new to the varsity) to get our lone win at the state tournament. Grant was also a great leader at practice and had a good impact on our younger players.
Our top player was Adam Kamrath who is a sophomore from Scotus. Adam played a few varsity matches for us last year as a substitute. Coming into the season he brought that experience to the table and rose immediately to the top spot on the team. #1 singles is a challenging position at any invite across the state and Adam was mentally prepared for that. He played hard each week and playing against the top players in the state. Those competitions helped Adam improve week to week. Having two more years of eligibility makes it exciting to see him play in the future. He will definitely be a leader for us.
Junior Dawson Dreifurt was also a key contributor to the team. He was teamed up with Stadler at #1 doubles to get the win at state. Dawson was also a junior varsity player last year and worked hard in the offseason to earn the #3 spot on the team. Dawson brings a lot of energy to the team and we will look to him to be a true leader as a senior next season. He has experience in doubles and singles so he can be a useful piece to the team wherever he is needed.
Freshman Trevor Luckey and Colin Flyr rounded out our varsity 6. Both of these players should tremendous improvement from day 1 of the season. It is rare for freshman to be ready for the varsity level right away. They both earned the spots and handled them well. The learned the game fast. Trevor started out playing singles for us and then later on in the season moved to doubles with fellow freshman Colin. The two played some great matches together but still have a lot to learn about the game and have room for much improvement. I am excited to see them play in the future because I know they will do great things.
Overall we did not have the best season we would have liked to but did the best we could. The team was young and we used this year as a rebuilding year using our seniors as great leaders and positive role models. We thank the seniors for their years and leadership. We will now focus on next season and look to improve on this season.