The Dodge City Red Demon tennis team hosted their own invitational on Thursday afternoon, as the welcomed five schools from across southwest Kansas to give themselves a good measuring stick to see where they stand this far into the season.


The Dodge City Red Demon tennis team hosted their own invitational on Thursday afternoon, as the welcomed five schools from across southwest Kansas to give themselves a good measuring stick to see where they stand this far into the season.
     Overall, the Demons finished third in the field with Great Bend taking home the team title with 40 points. Meade finished second with 22 points, while Dodge City racked up 16 points, thanks in large part to a 3-1 day from number one singles player Trevor Brock.
     “Today we did a lot of things well and we did some other things that give us a lot to do in practice,” said head coach Mark Sandbo. “Overall, our expectations were about where we thought they would be, Trevor had a strong day, but we thought our number two doubles team would be more successful.”
     For Brock, it continues to be a work in progress, but all signs are pointing up thanks to his ability to stay in matches for extended periods of play. His consistent brand of play has become a staple for the Demon team, but Sandbo would love to see him take advantage of points that are his for the taking.
     “In order for us to take him to another level, Trevor needs to be the consistent player he’s been, as well as take advantage of the point,” he said. “There are some times, and it comes from playing competitive tennis, that there are certain shots, whether it be cross court or take it up the line, and go ahead in the point.”
     Now the team will gear up for another invite on Saturday as they look to make further strides toward their ultimate goal, which is to be competitive in the Western Athletic Conference by the end of the year.
     “If we could do some things at the regionals and take a top three finish in the WAC, it would be great,” Sandbo said. “We just need a couple of wins from kids in regionals to qualify a couple athletes for State, and that would be great for them to get to play in that tournament.”