Humphreys senior Melissa Pritchett finished fourth in the girls singles. KALEB ALBERT/SPECIAL TO STRIPES
Humphreys senior Melissa Pritchett finished fourth in the girls singles. KALEB ALBERT/SPECIAL TO STRIPES

Tennis: DODEA players gain ground, but international foes win again

by Dave Ornauer
Stars and Stripes

KADENA AIR BASE, Okinawa – Daniel Posthumus of Nile C. Kinnick came up short in his bid to become the first DODEA-Pacific boys singles champion in a Far East tennis tournament in 11 years, losing 7-5, 6-4 to Matei Bistriteanu of St. Mary’s on Saturday.

The Red Devils senior is the first to DODEA player to finish as a runner-up since 2010, when Arlo Taylor of Kadena lost in the finals.

“It felt really good” to finish that high, Posthumus said. “The match was good and competitive, a couple of points here or there, it could have gone either way. And to compete at that level, I never thought I could do that.”

The first set see-sawed in the early games until the 10th game of the first set, when Bistriteanu rallied to win the last three games.

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