Tyler Granados runs up to return a shot during his No. 1 singles match against Plymouth last week Thursday. He qualified for sectionals Monday.
Tyler Granados runs up to return a shot during his No. 1 singles match against Plymouth last week Thursday. He qualified for sectionals Monday.

   It took a little time, but the Ripon High School boys’ tennis team sent three positions to today’s (Wednesday’s) Kohler Sectional.

   Both Tyler Granados at No. 1 singles and the No. 1 doubles team of Iffer Long and Theo Rauch won marathon matches at Monday’s Two Rivers Subsectional, while Jordan Whitrock won two matches at No. 3 singles to also advance.

   “[Assistant coach] Brent [Sanderfoot] and I are really happy to send three positions, four players on to sectionals,” Ripon head coach Breck Speers said. “The No. 1 doubles and No. 1 one singles each have a chance to go to state and then Jordan at No. 3 can advance under a miracle situation.”

   Granados and the No. 2 doubles team of Long and Rauch can qualify if they win one match at the meet, which got underway this morning.

   Whitrock, meanwhile would need a lot of help. Typically, only No. 1 single players advance and maybe a couple No. 2 players.

   Granados secured his spot at the sectionals with a hard-fought 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 win over St. Lawrence Seminary’s Carlos Nunez.

   “He played a guy that’s called a ‘pusher,’” Speers said. “A pusher just tries to infuriate his opponent by hitting every ball right back to the center of the court, doing absolutely nothing with it. Tyler was frustrated, lost the first set.”

   The Ripon head coach noted Granados, who has beaten some opponents by just getting balls back, approached him for some advice.

Read the full story, which includes information on the rest of the Tigers netters, in the May 23, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.