"We had another awesome day of tennis, not just weather wise but, a great day of play as well."

The McPherson High School tennis team hosted their own invitational on Thursday and came away with the team victory, outscoring six other teams to take the title. Mac had 50 points followed by second place Valley Center with 41. Derby took third with 39 followed by Eisenhower at 32, Newton with 28, Great Bend 18 and Elyria Christian finishing with 14.

The top individual finisher for the Pups was Maisie Edmonson, who went 3-1 on the afternoon, losing only to Newton's Rai Normai in the finals. Daphane Carrillo finished 2-2 on the day and took seventh place, while Jacie Myers finished in 15th.

McPherson excelled in the team competition, taking second, third and fourth place. The team of Taylor Bruce and CeAnna Allen went 2-1 and finished in second. Rachel Carlson and Ashley Achilles finished in third place at 3-1 and Cheyann Williams and Madison Schmidt teamed up to finish in fourth place at 2-2.

"We had another awesome day of tennis, not just weather wise but, a great day of play as well," McPherson coach Tyler Brown said. "All three doubles entries made it to the semifinals which has not happened very often. We finished second, third and fourth, with our teams only losing to a top-five doubles team last year at state, from Valley Center.  Maisie Edmonson was steady and a leader again today she made it to the finals for a second straight tournament, only losing to Newton's exchange player from Thailand and she may very well may win 5A state; she is the real deal.  Jacie Myers also was fantastic continuing to grow and improve in her game.  She was able to play in her first varsity meet and continues to impress us coaches with how she never gives up."

McPherson does not see action again until Sept. 9 when they travel to Salina Central High School for the Salina Invitational. Thirteen other teams will be there vying for the title with the first matches getting underway at 8:30 a.m.

Contact Matt Cole by email at mcole@mcphersonsentinel.com and follow him on Twitter @MacSentinel.