The Conway Open tennis tournament, a major season-opening event for the Conway High tennis team, attracted a record of 49 athletes in 12 girls and 10 boys teams for doubles and 23 boys and 20 girls for singles play in its fourth year.
A record number of players competed in the 2013 Conway Open during the past weekend. Friday evening’s doubles action featured 12 girls teams and 10 boys teams, while Saturday’s singles tournament had 23 boys players and 20 girls.
“The excessive heat and humidity required the players to hydrate and pace themselves throughout the day,” said Conway coach Jeff Gifford. “All of our players responded well to these tough conditions and put on some outstanding performances. I was impressed with how well everyone played and stayed focused throughout the tournament.”
The Conway boys team was led by senior Kristian Lenser, who swept the Gold Division singles and teamed with Ross Minner from Conway Christian to win the Gold Division doubles championship. Conway High’s Matt Evans and Robbie Cohen combined to take second place in the Gold Division doubles bracket.
In the Silver Division, Conway’s Adam Barnett garnered the singles crown championship and Conway’s Lincoln Reynolds took second place. Jackson Hedrick from Greenbrier finished in third place.
In girls action, Charli Short from Greenbrier and Jordan Ryals from Morrilton teamed up to win the title in doubles. Conway’s Faith Guidry and Alexis Rogers captured second place.
“It was a great experience for me as a coach to see so many kids coming from as far away as Pottsville and Searcy to compete,” said Gifford.”It shows that tennis is a growing sport in this area. The future for tennis in the Conway area is getting brighter. With the new courts coming to Laurel Park, I expect to see more tournaments and recreational play develop.”
Several parents and sponsors heloped put on the tournament, including Conway Orthopaedic, Charles Schwab, Coney Garage Door, Woodland Heights Church Student Ministry, Bryan Imamura, M.D., Peg Wimberley/Crye-Leike Realtors, Mr. Brake & Lube/Edwards, Ellen Turney Family Dentistry, Hilton Garden Inn-Conway, Donna Evans Photography, and Team Parsley-RE/MAX of Conway.
1. Kristian Lenser from Conway High and Ross Minner from Conway Chrisian
2. Matt Evans and Robbie Coan,Conway
3. Landon Ashby and Stephen Hoffman, Searcy
1. Kristian Lenser, Conway
2. Matt Evans, Conway
3. Rett Mathews, Maumelle High
1. Adam Barnett , CHS
2. Lincoln Reynolds, CHS
3. Jackson Hedrick, Greenbrier
1. Charli Short from Greenbrier High and Jordan Ryals from Morrilton High
2. Faith Guidry and Alexis Rogers from Conway high
3. Faith Burroughs and Brittany Mays from Vilonia High
1. Charli Short from Greenbrier High
2. Jordan Ryals from Morrilton High
3. Alexis Rogers from Conway High
1. Nicole Swann from Harding Academy
3. Brittany Mays from Vilonia High School