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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • MHS netters stay alive in regional

  • The first day of the Class 4A Regional Tennis Tournament is completed.
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  • McPherson High girls tennis coach Tyler Brown knew he’d be both happy and sad after Friday’s Class 4A Regional Tournament doubles quarterfinals.
    He was happy his team of Emily Ediger and Camry Holle moved on to this morning’s semifinals.
    But he also was sad that his team of Brooke Bate and Taylor Swartzendruber were defeated, as they were matched against their teammates. Ediger and Holle won the match, 6-2, 6-3.
    That was one of the many plots during the first of two days of the tournament at the MHS Tennis Complex.
    Semifinals this morning were scheduled for 10:00, with the finals and consolations to follow. The top six singles and doubles finishers move on to Emporia next week.
    Ediger and Holle were matched against Hesston’s Rachel Shogren and Ashley Weaver in one semi, while Buhler’s Vickie Dukart and Jessica Steffen played teammates Jamie Kendrick and Rachel Wiehl in the other.
    Bate and Swartzendruber were still alive for a state berth, as they were in the consolation.
    In singles, MHS’ Allison Ivers advanced to the semifinals after winning both her matches, but Katherine Geist lost in her quarterfinal, though she still has a chance to qualify.
    Hesston’s Ali Anderson and Smoky Valley’s Jessica Van Ranken, who have been matched up on several occasions this year, were on a collision course for the finals. Anderson won both her matches 6-0, 6-0, and Van Ranken lost only one game total in two matches.
    The other story of the day was the weather. After playing in blast-furnace conditions much of the year, the temperature Friday hovered near 50 and the brisk wind made it feel about 35.
    Brown said he knew of the forecast, so he had his team practicing at 6 a.m. Wednesday in similar conditions.
    “It definitely makes a difference,” Brown said. “With all the clothing and warmups that stay on, it’s a little tougher.”

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