After playing a second set tie-breaker and super tie-breaker in the semifinals, the last thing Blue Valley West’s Max Kurzban wanted in the final was to play another long match.
Not only did he get that, but he had to face teammate Nicolas Riveros, who also had played a super tie-breaker in his semifinal, for a shot at the Eastern Kansas League tennis singles title last Saturday at Blue Valley High School.
Kurzban won the first set 6-4 and dropped the second 7-6 with a 7-4 tie-breaker, but bounced back to win 12-10 in the super tie-breaker.
“It feels really good,” Kurzban said. “I had to really battle it out. Nothing was free, and I had to go places I wasn’t comfortable going.”
Even though Blue Valley West had two players in the final for singles and one team in the semifinals for doubles, the Jaguars took third in the team standings with 51 points.
Blue Valley Northwest captured the team title with 68 points, and Blue Valley North was second with 63.
According to BV Northwest coach Ted Fabiano, it was the first EKL team title for the Huskies since 2005.
“I’m really excited for the team,” Fabiano said. “At the very beginning of the year this was our goal, and I think we didn’t want to talk about it because we’ve come so close and even tied a couple years ago but lost in the game count. It’s been a long time, and I am happy for these guys.”
After defeating teammates Mitchell and Alex Samuelson in the semifinals, Blue Valley North’s Brady Flanagan and Carson Fournier took down Blue Valley Northwest’s James Lowe and Brett White in the final to take the doubles title.
“It kind of stunk because we had to go through our own team, but we ended up coming out on top and that was our goal,” Flanagan said.
In the team standings, Blue Valley placed fourth, Gardner Edgerton and St. Thomas Aquinas tied for fifth and Bishop Miege and Blue Valley Southwest tied for seventh.