STUCKY, ROGERS, DIETRICH, MARTENS GAIN GOLD

By William

SALINA – The McPherson High junior varsity girls tennis team traveled to Salina on Tuesday and turned the Salina Central Junior Varsity Invitational into a dual between McPherson and Manhattan as the two teams tied for first place in the team standings.

Both the Lady Bullpups and Manhattan finished the invitational with 22 team points and well ahead of Salina South who finished third with 13 points while Salina Sacred Heart had 10. Junction City with eight and host Salina Central with five rounded out the field of six teams.

Leading the way for McPherson were the strong play of both their doubles teams as both Paige Stucky and Lauren Rogers at #1 Doubles and Kinley Dietrich and Jordan Martens at #2 Doubles finished their days a 3-0 and in first place of their divisions.

Both the Lady Bullpups #1 Singles player, Grace Witte and the #2 Singles player, Taiya Young, ended their days with 2-1 records and both placed second in their divisions.

“Today was a beautiful day for tennis and our girls showed up to play,” exclaimed junior varsity Coach Ricardo Sanchez. “It was an all McPherson vs. Manhattan final in each of the divisions and it was quality tennis in each matchup. We split 2-2 with Manhattan, with both our doubles teams taking first and both singles players finishing second.”

When reflecting on the individual performances, Coach Sanchez added, “Both Grace (Witte) and Taiya (Young) played extremely well throughout pool play and even into their finals, but they both came across players who were just too consistent. Our doubles teams both seemed to shine when it mattered most. Kinley (Dietrich) and Jordan (Martens) were down 2-5 in their first match but did not give up and fought back to force a tiebreaker, which they then won 7-1. In the final, Paige (Stucky) and Lauren (Rogers) were down 4-6 in their tiebreaker before finding another gear and winning the last four points to win the tiebreaker 8-6.”

Coach Sanchez concluded his reflections by stating, “All of our players were challenged today, and they should all be proud of how they played.”

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