By William

HAYSVILLE – While resting their regular varsity members, the McPherson High girls tennis team proved that depth counts as they took second out of a field of five teams at the Haysville/Campus Invitational on Monday.

The Lady Bullpups finished second in the team standings with 12 points as Hutchinson took home the team title with 18. They both were followed by Wichita Collegiate with 9, host Haysville/Campus with 3 and Arkansas City with 2.

Highlighting the McPherson day was the work of the #1 Doubles tandem of Carley Malm and Riggs Kuhn as they swept through the competition at 4-0 to bring home a first-place gold medal.

“Carley (Malm) and Riggs (Kuhn) lead the charge today by going 4-0 to take home the gold which put the team in a good spot for team points,” noted Lady Bullpup Head Coach Tyler Brown. “With the combination of Riggs’s great serving and Carley’s terrific play at the net, they were a tough team today and their record proved that.”

Lakynn Lippelmann and Amethyst Hale placed second at #2 Doubles after going 3-1 on the day while both #1 Singles player Grace Witte and #2 Singles player Kyndall Sandbo finished their competition at 2-2 and each placed third in their divisions.

Coach Brown concluded his post meet reflections by saying, “Lakynn (Lippelmann) and Amethyst (Hale) almost pulled off a flawless day as well in the #2 Doubles division. They went back and forth with Hutchinson but were just outlasted 8-6 for their only loss on the day. Grace (Witte) and Kyndall (Sandbo) were able to see some state qualifiers and state medalists in their opening matches against Hutchinson and Wichita Collegiate which gave them their two losses, but they both bounced right back to defeat Haysville/Campus and Arkansas City to take home the bronze medals. Overall, it was a great day of tennis.”

The Lady Bullpup varsity tennis squad will be back on the competitive court on Thursday when they play in the Buhler Invitational.

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