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SALINA – They did it again! The McPherson High girl’s tennis team was led once again by the dynamic double’s duo of Taylor Bruce and CeAnna Allen at State Regionals in Salina on Saturday as Bruce and Allen remained unbeaten on the season by blowing through the regionals unscathed at 4-0 to become Regional Champions!

The Lady Bullpup dynamic duo defeated Salina South’s Jillian Coleman and Tess Daily 6-4, 6-4 in the title match and now stands 31-0 for the season and look to finish out the season unbeaten by winning a state championship next weekend in Pittsburgh, Kansas.

As a team, the entire Lady Bullpup team qualified for state as all entrees placed in the top six individually and as a team, they finished third in regionals with 15 total points, just behind regional champion Salina Central (18) and Salina South (17). Valley Center (5) finished a distant fourth while Great Bend, Maize, Newton and Hays rounded out the field of regional participants.

“Our regional lived up to the hype with teams ranked number two, three and four in the state all in the same Regional,” explained Lady Bullpup Head Coach Tyler Brown. “Even though we qualified all six, I’m not sure we played our best tennis. But that’s saying somethi9ng about this team. We were a little off but still managed to get everyone to state as we showed perseverance and determination to win in moments we absolutely needed to!”

Referencing their dynamic duo, Coach Brown continued by saying, “Taylor (Bruce) and CeAnna (Allen) were the rock of the team again. While Coach (Ricardo) Sanchez and I were focused on several of the others trying to make it to state, Taylor and CeAnna really didn’t get a lot of coaching that day but that’s the terrific thing about those two, you can trust them enough that you don’t have to sitting right on their court making sure they’re getting the job done!”

The other Lady Bullpup doubles tandem of Rachel Carlson and Patty Huerta went 3-1 for the day and placed fifth, while in singles play, Perrin Schneider finished 3-1 for the day and placed fifth while Sydney Achilles ended up in sixth place after going 2-2 in regionals.

“Coming out of the seeding meeting I knew we had a terrific chance of getting all six girls to state because I really like our position on the brackets for all our girls,” continued Coach Brown during his post-regional reflections. “I asked a lot of Sydney (Achilles) going into the day with a singles record of 0-0 but knowing Sydney’s character and her fight was one of the reasons I went with her. She just never gives up. Perrin (Schneider) and our other doubles team of Rachel (Carlson) and Patty (Huerta) lost a heart-breaking match in a super breaker for the third in the quarterfinals to solid players. After a tough loss though they came back and took care of business to qualify themselves for state by both finishing fifth!”

Looking ahead to the state meet, Coach Brown concluded his reflections by saying, “Taylor (Bruce) and CeAnna (Allen) should be the number one seed overall at state while the others will follow their regional champion on the state bracket being placed on the fifth or sixth positions of the bracket. One of our goals was to bring home some kind of team hardware this year but to do so we will have to win some key matches at state! We can’t afford to have another average day. We will need to play some of our best tennis in order to meet that goal!”

Class 5A State will be played at Pittsburgh, Kansas beginning on Friday, October 18 and finishing up on Saturday, October 19.

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