Windsor boys tennis doubles pair successful after moving up to No. 1 spot
September 30, 2015
WINDSOR — Two weeks into the fall season, Chris Minear took over as head coach of the Windsor boys tennis team in a virtual a repeat of how he took over as coach of the Windsor girls team in spring 2014.
One of his first orders of business this fall was to move up sophomores Max McManigal and Blake Pendleton from No. 2 doubles to No. 1 doubles. The move appears to have paid off for the Wizards.
McManigal and Pendleton are 9-0 in duals this season and took second place Saturday morning at the Windsor Invitational.
The pair lost 6-0, 4-6, 6-4 against Fort Collins, a Class 5A team, in the Championship match. As a team, Windsor finished in third place at its home tournament with a score of 34, behind Fort Collins (59) and Legacy (59). Greeley West (10) took seventh and Northridge (1) was ninth.
McManigal said he thought he and Pendleton played well but could've played better in the first set.
"We got pretty blown out, but it's fine," he said.
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"And we did good to come back, but it still wasn't enough," Pendleton added.
After not winning one game in the first set, the Wizards duo controlled the second set and held on to force a third.
McManigal said the duo's biggest adjustment from the first to the second set was attitude.
"We just came in, we were more confident," he said. "We definitely didn't want to get blown out again, that's for sure. We just put it all behind us and started again and just tried to conquer the net a little bit more."
In the last set, McManigal and Pendleton had a 3-0 lead before Fort Collins battled back. The Wizards tied it at 4, but the Lambkins pair stayed strong and took the final two games.
Minear said the No. 1 pair plays really well together as a team.
"Great mindset," Minear said. "They never get on each other. It's just really nice to see. And actually, just to be able to fight back from losing that first set 6-0 and coming back and winning the second, that's just huge. A lot of teams can't do that. Once you lose that first one, most of them fold."
Pendleton said playing tougher competition will help the Wizards as they head into the 4A Region 4 tourney in two weeks.
"We're an awesome team all around," McManigal added. "It's fun to play (with this team)."
Minear said he thinks the Wizards look ready for regionals and the state tournament.
"It's always a battle," he said. "There's a lot of teams a regionals (and) three or four of them that are pretty good. So, you gotta have a good day, but I think we can compete with them. I think this tournament with all the 5A schools that are here shows that we can compete with them. We're ready."
Windsor's No. 4 doubles team of Andrew Fischer and Kieran Joe was the runner-up at the invite after falling to Legacy 6-4, 7-6 (3). Greeley West's Tyler Holmes and Drew Mendez, No. 2 doubles, also were runners-up to Fort Collins, losing 6-1, 6-3.
The Wizards, which are 3-0 in league, 7-2 overall in duals, will finish the regular season at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at Frederick for a 4A Region 4 dual.
Team Scores — Fort Collins 59, Legacy 59, Windsor 34, Brighton 34, Mountain Range 28, Loveland 25, Greeley West 10, Centaurus 2, Northridge 1.
Singles — 1. Brighton def. Fort Collins, 7-6 (5), 0-6, 6-3; 2. Legacy def. Brighton, 7-6, 6-0; 3. Legacy def. Loveland, 6-3, 6-4.
Doubles — 1. Fort Collins def. Max McManigal & Blake Pendleton, W, 6-0, 4-6, 6-4; 2. Fort Collins def. Tyler Holmes & Drew Mendez, GW, 6-1, 6-3; 3. Fort Collins def. Loveland, 6-1, 6-1; 4. Legacy def. Andrew Fischer & Kieran Joe, W, 6-4, 7-6 (3).