From the start of the Hub City Classic, the Coronado boys doubles teams of Quinton Scharfenberg and Indy Axton and Monterey’s Caleb Cox and Cody Barnhill were on a crash course to face each other in their final round of the Platinum Pool on Saturday.
It didn’t become crystal clear until both teams hit the 4-0 mark on Day 2, which set the court for a pair of undefeated tandems to face off in their fifth and final match at Monterey High School was for the pool championship.
Despite a strong start from the Plainsmen, it was the Mustangs who walked away with a 6-3, 6-3 win and first-place Platinum Pool awards.
“We have played them before and it has always been competitive,” Axton said. “They have beaten us before and we have beaten them before. It’s always close and we were expecting that, and we played well.”
The future District 4-5A opponents defeated Amarillo High, Midland High, Midland Lee and Randall for a shot at the championship.
With the loss, Monterey’s Cox and Barnhill finished the tournament in second place.
Scharfenberg pointed out competing against top-flight competition, and finding out weaknesses, early on in the season will likely be a huge help as the Mustangs head into district and the postseason.
“We are feeling pretty good. I think we have a pretty good shot at doing well this season,” said Scharfenberg, who also celebrated a birthday. “I am just looking forward to the rest of the season — ready to keep playing.”
With it being his team’s first action of the spring season, Coronado coach David Denham was eager to see how his entire squad would fare against a challenging match schedule, which included several state-ranked squads.
“I thought the level of play and how we competed was spot on. It is what we have been practicing,” he said. “You try not to do so much coaching because we practice that. You prepare them before a tournament and you have to see how they respond under adversity.”
Lubbock High’s mixed doubles team of K.T. Kothmann and Peyton Trebisky also turned in a solid performance. The duo finished the tournament 5-0 and won the mixed doubles Platinum Pool at Coronado High School on Saturday.
At the Burgess-Rushing Tennis Center, the day wrapped up with an exciting match between the Monterey’s Kasey Heinrich and Canyon’s Abi Dillehay.
The two contenders took the match to three sets, but Dillehay came away with a 7-5, 2-6, 11-9 victory to win the girls singles Platinum Pool title. Heinrich finished the classic runner up.
Cody Baker and Michael Azatian, who battled in boys singles on the first day of the tournament, finished second and third, respectively, in the Platinum Pool held at Lubbock High School’s courts.
Overall, Monterey coach Matt Boedeker was impressed with the level of competition he saw throughout the two-day tournament.
“For it being Febuary, there was a lot of really good competition out here today,” he said. “So, it was really good for us to get started against some really good teams. And I’m looking forward to building off this weekend and going all the way to April, when it really counts.”