3 PLACE 1ST, 4 PLACE 2ND, 1 PLACE 3RD

By William

SALINA – On Saturday, the McPherson High girls tennis team took a large contingent to Salina for a unique Salina South Invitational and came home with the team championship as well as a pair of individual championships.

Lady Bullpup Head Coach Tyler Brown talked about the unique set up when he noted, “Today we saw the depth of the McPherson Bullpup tennis program. In a format that we have never played in, it was fun to mix it up and be able to dual with every team. Five schools were involved, and every team set a line-up of four single players and three doubles teams which allowed 10 girls from each school to compete and get after it.”

In the team competition, McPherson rolled to a team championship by winning 19 total matches and going unbeaten at 4-0 in their duels with the other four teams. Buhler placed second by earning 15 match wins and going 3-1 in duels, while host Salina South earned 16 match wins and went 2-2 in their duels. Kapaun Mt. Carmel finished with 13 match wins but only went 1-3 in their duels while Maize South struggled with just seven match wins and lost all four of their team duels.

As for the individual performances, the Lady Bullpups dominated the doubles competition with both the tandems of Taylor Berger/Sydney Achilles and Lakynn Lippelmann/Amethyst Hale won the # 2 Doubles and # 3 Doubles while the duo of CeAnna Allen/Perrin Schneider took second in # 1 Doubles.

“Taylor (Berger) and Sydney (Achilles) were fantastic in their play today,” said Coach Brown. “This was their first meet playing together, and they didn’t disappoint anyone. Due to an injury to Maddie Dobson on Thursday, this team was thrown together at the last minute and they started and finished the day with outstanding energy.”

“Both CeAnna (Allen) and Perrin (Schneider) continue to play great doubles together,” continued Coach Brown. “They were second at # 1 Doubles position with their only loss coming from an exceptionally talented team from Salina South at the end of the day. It is always fun to play the top doubles teams in the state and Salina South is exactly that. Once they start to be a little more aggressive in their game and get a little more chemistry with each other I feel like they could be the team to beat in Class 5A.”

Coach Brown kept high praises going at last for his # 3 Doubles tandem, adding, “Lakynn (Lippelmann) and Amethyst (Hale) were able to bring home the title for us today. Dueling with Salina South at the very end of the day the team score was 3-3 and they were the final match on. Coach (Ricardo) Sanchez and I have all kinds of confidence in these girls. It just seems when everything is on the line these two constantly show up for the team. They are what we call GAMERS! Their final match could not have been any closer but they were able to close out Salina South in the last match of the day 8-7 (7-0) in the tiebreaker to clinch the dual and give us the team title today.”

In the four singles competition, McPherson scored second place finishes from Patty Huerta, Riggs Kuhn and Kyndall Sandbo while Kinley Dietrich placed third in her first varsity competition.

“Patty (Huerta) was sensational at the # 1 Singles position earning a second place finish in a field that included a three-time state champion, a fourth-place state doubles medalist, and a fifth-place state doubles medalist in her field,” said Coach Brown. “Needless to say, she was battle tested and earned that second-place medal.”

Coach Brown continued his delight with the singles play by saying, “Riggs (Kuhn) and Kyndall (Sandbo) showed that the future is bright in McPherson for these two freshmen. Riggs and Kyndall after a long Thursday open draw in the home invite, went into this Salina meet knowing that they can compete with some of the best teams in the state and they both finished with a silver medal in their respective divisions as well.”

Concluding his post invitational reflections, Coach Brown highlighted the newcomer of the group by saying, “Kinley (Dietrich) was able to play in her first varsity meet of the year and held her own with these top teams. She was able to take home the bronze medal at the # 4 Singles position and showed all kinds of fight. With weather condition being extremely hot on the courts she was able to fight and battle through to bring home her third-place finish.”

After dealing with two very long, hot meets on Thursday and Saturday, the Lady Bullpup varsity tennis team will get a much needed week of rest and practice before returning to the competitive courts on Saturday, September 12th when they compete in Salina again at the Salina Central Invitational.

The Junior Varsity tennis team will have matches on both Tuesday, September 8th at home and on Thursday, September 10th on the road at Buhler.

LADY BULLPUP INDIVIDUAL RESULTS:

# 1 Singles: Patty Huerta finished 2nd.

# 2 Singles: Riggs Kuhn finished 2nd.

# 3 Singles: Kyndall Sandbo finished 2nd.

# 4 Singles: Kinley Dietrich finished 3rd.

# 1 Doubles: CeAnna Allen/Perrin Schneider finished 2nd.

# 2 Doubles: Taylor Berger/Sydney Achilles finished 1st.

# 3 Doubles: Lakynn Lippelmann/Amethyst Hale finished 1st.

TEAM SCORING:

  1. LADY BULLPUPS – scored 19 match wins and went 4-0 in duels.
  2. Buhler – scored 15 match wins and went 3-1 in duels.
  3. Salina South – scored 16 match wins and went 2-2 in duels.
  4. Kapaun Mt. Carmel – scored 13 match wins and went 1-3 in duels.
  5. Maize South – scored 7 match wins and went 0-4 in duels.

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