All four doubles teams came in first place.
McPherson Middle School not only hosted but won the Pioneer League Division 1 Girls Tennis Championships on Monday at the McPherson High School tennis complex. McPherson finished in first place among seven teams, followed by Salina South and Hutchinson in second and third place respectively.
Seven of the eight entries for the Pups made it into the championship finals with the doubles' teams coming away with a clean sweep of wins while in singles Mac got a championship and two runners-ups. The fourth singles lost in the third place game.
"The girls played outstanding today," said McPherson coach Ricardo Sanchez. "At the beginning of the day I know they had a team goal in mind. Throughout the day they showed that this was on their mind as they spent any time they could cheering on their teammates.The wind was as challenging as it has been all year and I know it took some getting used to. As these players keep developing in the future they will have to learn to play with the wind, as we live in Kansas."
Doubles champions for McPherson are the teams of Patty Huerta and Perrin Schneider, Maddie Dobson and Taylor Berger, Lakynn Lippelmann and Taylor Buehrle, and Grace Witte and Emma Wilson. Lippelmann and Buehrle finished the season with a perfect 14-0 record together.
In single play Sydney Achilles brought home a first place win, with Carley Malm and Amethyst Hale finishing runners-up. Kinley Dietrich finished in fourth place to help in pacing the Pups to a team title.
The Bullpups return only three players to next year's squad, as 11 eighth graders move on to high school. The eighth grade girls went undefeated in two years together with an unblemished 14-0 record, capped by the Pioneer title.
"A huge advantage these girls have had is our local MacAdvantage Tennis Club," Sanchez stated. "Participation in the summer programs has been a huge boost to our success. Our family support has also been outstanding and I know the girls have really appreciated it. Although I won't get to coach the eighth graders anymore during a school season, I will continue to support and cheer them on. I am excited for their future in tennis."
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