HESSTON — The McPherson High School girls tennis team won three of the four entries at the Hesston Invitational and qualified for all four finals as the Bullpups dominated their first tournament of the season.
The Bullpups tallied 30 points, while second-place Buhler finished with 21. With his team making the finals in both singles and doubles draws, McPherson head coach Tyler Brown was exceptionally pleased with his team’s performance.
“You never know how the first tournament is going to shake out,” Brown said. “Having all the divisions in the finals, that speaks for itself.”
Once again the Bullpups should be strong in doubles if they keep their current lineup.
Taylor Bruce and CeAnna Allen had no trouble winning the No. 1 draw. Allen and Bruce won their three matches by scores of 8-0, 8-3, and 8-2.
It was a similar story with Rachel Carlson and Patty Huerta, who cruised to the No. 2 doubles championship by scores of 8-2, 8-0, and 8-2 in the finals.
At No. 2 singles, Carley Malm had a 3-0 day and won her respective division as well. Malm was solid all day, picking up a pair of nice wins over Isabelle Wright of Smoky Valley and Maya Chon of Wichita Collegiate, followed by a straightforward 8-2 win against Trinity Academy’s Elsa Cozine in the finals.
Perrin Schneider also had a good day, competing at the always-tough No. 1 singles spot. Schneider went 2-1 and fell to Hesston’s Halle Krehbiel, 8-3, in the finals.
Of all of the highlights, Schneider stood out to Brown the most.
“Perrin had a huge win over [Aliyah] Frederick from Buhler,” Brown said. “She was down 2-5, then won eight straight games to win 8-5. [Frederick] was fifth in 4A last year, so that’s a terrific win for Perrin.”
McPherson will next be in action on Sept. 5 when the Bullpups host their first invitational of the season. Derby, Goddard-Eisenhower, Elyria Christian, Great Bend, and Valley Center are the teams that will be competing.