Hannibal Courier-Post

Poage, Brown shine as Hannibal comes in third place

Hannibal's Collin Poage reaches to return a ball during a match Saturday.
Posted: Apr. 24, 2017 1:29 pm

Collin Poage and Austin Brown teamed up to dominate in doubles for the Hannibal boys tennis team during its home tournament Saturday. 

Poage and Brown, slotted in the No. 3 doubles competition, won 10-5 against Liberty, 10-2 over Troy and 10-6 in their matchup against Helias.

"From the way they have been practicing, I thought they had a good chance to win that bracket," Hannibal coach Bob Catalpa said of the doubles pair. "They have really been playing well together. I would say the aggressiveness at the net has been effective." 

The strong performance by Poage and Brown led Hannibal to a third-place overall finish with 22 team points.

Helias won first in the four-team competition with 35 points.

All four of the Pirates doubles tandems came away with at least one victory during the tournament.

Shane Grimes and Nick Tompkins worked together as Hannibal's No. 4 doubles pairing to earn wins over Liberty and Troy by scores of 10-1 and 10-0, respectively.

Donovan Mefford and Caleb Newlon defeated Liberty 10-7 in a No. 2s match, while Ethan Bross and Luke Boyd defeated Troy 10-6 in a battle of No. 1 duos.

Caleb Lionberger, the Pirates No. 4 singles player, achieved the best individual results of the day with a 2-1 record. He won 10-8 against Troy and 10-3 over Liberty but lost 2-10 against Helias. 

Joe Karlinski, Forrest Lemon and Duncan Lemon all went 1-3 in singles play. Each won their match against Troy. 

Hannibal's top two singles players, Austin Taylor and Caleb Northcutt, came away winless during a tough day against top opponents.