Washington produces encouraging outcome

Bryan Veginski
Long match: Bryan Kinas, a Washington freshman, reaches for the ball Friday during No. 1 singles play in the Mid-Illini Conference boys tennis tournament at Illinois Central College. Kinas paced the Panthers with a third-place finish. His day started with a grueling 7-5, 5-7, 6-1 win over Morton’s Taylor Nave in the quarterfinals. All of Washington’s entrants were in the top five.

Washington broke out of a tie with East Peoria in the Mid-Illini Conference.

A 6-3 home victory May 11 gave the Panthers a 2-4 mark in duals, one win ahead of the Raiders.

Bryan Kinas (6-2, 6-1), Andrew Reynolds (6-3, 6-2) and Kody Dexheimer (6-0, 6-2) all won in straight sets in singles for Washington.

Dan Nulty outlasted his No. 2 foe, 7-6 (7-4), 1-6, 6-1.

In doubles, the Panthers defeated East Peoria twice in two sets.

Nulty/Kinas (6-2, 6-1) and Kris Swank/Cameron Sharp (6-1, 6-3) teamed up for the victories.

Mid-Illini tournament

The Panthers delivered solid results Friday at Illinois Central College.

Washington maintained fifth place overall and, with 11 points at the conference tournament, was just one behind fourth-place Morton.

Combining the dual and tournament portions of the league season, the Panthers compiled 6.5 points, easily outdistancing sixth-place Limestone’s three.

Kinas paced Washington with a third-place result in No. 1 singles.

In a marathon, he outlasted Taylor Nave of Morton in three sets, 7-5, 5-7, 6-1, in the quarterfinals.

After a loss to Metamora’s Stephan Rauh, Kinas rebounded with a 6-1, 6-2 victory vs. Austin Anderson of Dunlap.

Nulty was fourth in the second doubles position. In his first bout, Nulty pulled off a minor upset over fourth-seeded Corie Lambie of Limestone, 6-0, 6-3.

The Panther doubles teams of Swank and Sharp and Dexheimer and Nicholas Lauss both were fifth.

Both Washington duos rallied after losing their first match to take out foes from East Peoria and Limestone.

Metamora extended its conference title string to four years after winning first place in all four brackets. Pekin was second, while Dunlap moved up to third place.

Postseason: Washington is part of the nine-team Bloomington Sectional this weekend.