It came as no surprise to Zach Kuo that there was one break of serve in Saturday’s No. 1 singles final at the Elkhorn Invitational.
“When me and Isaac play, it’s always like nobody breaks each other. He has such a big serve,” Kuo said.
Kuo, an Elkhorn sophomore, was able to get that break in the 10th game against Elkhorn Mount Michael’s Isaac Gart, propelling Kuo to an 8-5 win.
Kuo didn’t have a lot of break-point chances, but he stayed patient.
“I hit the ball hard crosscourt and waited for the short ball and then I took advantage of those opportunities,” said Kuo, last year’s state runner-up in Class B.
Gart, who placed third at state last year, had break points on a pair of Kuo’s service games early in the match but couldn’t convert.
After Kuo went up 6-4 by breaking Gart, he finished off a two-deuce game with a forehand winner on his next service game. He won his final service game at love.
It’s been a great start to the prep season for Kuo as he also defeated Lincoln Pius X’s Mason Warner 8-4 on Thursday in a rematch of last year’s Class B final.
Elkhorn also got a win at No. 1 doubles Saturday as Jackson Habrock and Will Trausch won the final three games for an 8-5 win over Elkhorn South’s Smaran Marupudi and Michael Day.
Elkhorn South won both No. 2 singles and doubles.
Team scores: Elkhorn 43, Elkhorn South 40, Elkhorn Mt. Michael 37, Omaha Skutt 36, Beatrice 18, Columbus 15, Omaha Roncalli 14, Gretna 13
No. 1 singles: 1, Zach Kuo, E, def. Isaac Gart, MM, 8-5. 3, Connor Barrett, Skutt, def. Max Jordan, ES, 8-5. No. 2 singles: 1, Joey Kirshenbaum, ES, def. Christian Norris, Skutt, 8-2. 3, Ethan Pentel, MM, def. Sam Beard, E, 8-1. No. 1 doubles: 1, Jackson Habrock-Will Trausch, E, def. Smaran Marupudi-Michael Day, ES, 8-5. 3, Asher Kula-Robert Seaston, Skutt, def. Peyton Rosenfels-Will Mallisee, MM, 8-4. No. 2 doubles: 1, Miles Meier-Gabe Jordan, ES, def. Logan Hock-Alex Payne, MM, 8-6. 3, Jason LaFleur-Caden Schutte, E, def. Justice Hanmer-Gavin Brummund, Skutt, 9-7.
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