Results were mixed for Robinson High School's tennis team Saturday at the annual Champaign Centennial Doubles Invitational.
The Maroons played well in most of their matches, but came out with just four wins in 11 matches among their four teams that were entered in the tournament.
"This was a 16 team tournament and every team was competitive," RHS head coach Tom Buchanan said. "In the past this tournament was dominated by a few big teams, followed by a big group of mid-range teams and one or two weak teams. This year teams seemed to be more level and it made the matches close. We just didn't bring the determination that was needed to finish some of the close matches. We had too many mental lapses during important points."
Robinson's best finish came from their No. 2 team of Brennan Buchanan and Tom Goodman, who finished fifth with a 3-1 record.
Buchanan and Goodman dropped their opening match to Mersman and Meinhart of Teutopolis, 6-4, 6-7, 4-10, before rebounding to beat Effingham St. Anthony's Jones and Niebrugge 6-0, 6-3, Pekin's Malik and McCafferty 6-0, 6-2 and Olney's Garrett and Pearcy 4-6, 6-2, 10-3 to claim fifth."
"Brennan and Tom rebounded after losing a close first round match to the four-seed Teutopolis," Buchanan said. "They both walked off the court knowing they had blown a great opportunity. They walked through two other opponents on way to the fifth place match versus Olney. In the 5th place match, we were not playing consistent at all and our court placement was off, but Brennan and Tom turned it around in the second set and wound up winning in a tiebreaker."
Robinson's other win came from the No. 4 team of Cameron Ireland and Jacob Britton. After losing their first match to Bloomington Central Catholic 1-6, 3-6, they came back to defeat Normal West's Leise and Smith 6-1, 6-3 before falling to Pekin's Bohannon and Phan 6-2, 4-6, 6-10.
"It was great for Cameron and Jacob to pick up a win in No. 4 doubles," Buchanan said. "They were just a few points away from making it into the fifth place match."
Robinson's other two teams - Curtis and Dylan White at No. 1 and Nick Sandschafer and Duncan Fiscus at No. 3 - each lost both of their matches, although many of them were close."
"We played a lot of close matches but only won one close match," Buchanan said. "We were 1-3 in tiebreakers. Four times the match went to a tiebreaker to decide the winner and we only won one of the four."