HAYSVILLE — Top-ranked Wichita Collegiate did not bring its top lineup to the Campus Invitational.
It did not matter.
With a mixture of varsity and junior varsity players, Collegiate scored 50 points, two more than McPherson High School, as the Bullpups tied for second with host school Campus.
“I thought we had depth,” McPherson head coach Tyler Brown said, “[Collegiate] has some extreme depth.”
The Bullpups were led by the doubles team of Taylor Bruce and CeAnna Allen. The duo went 3-1 for second, losing to the No. 1 doubles team of Campus, 8-3, in the finals.
Bruce and Allen won a tough match in a tiebreaker in the semifinals to make the championship match.
The doubles team of Ashley Achilles and Rachel Carlson also turned in a solid performance, going 3-1 for fifth. After losing a tough match, 8-6, in the quarterfinals, the duo ended the day with back-to-back wins.
“Our upperclassmen anchored the team going second and fifth in doubles,” Brown said. “They led the charge with a couple of our highest finishes.”
In singles, a pair of freshmen made a strong impression on Brown.
Perrin Schneider made the semifinals before settling for fourth place, while Patty Huerta won her final three matches after losing her first to claim ninth place.
“I just truly enjoy coaching Perrin; she wants to be coached and puts out 100 percent even when she is down in a match,” Brown said. “[Patty] got off to a slow start but finished strong, and that is what you love to see out of singles players.”
The Bullpups entered an extra doubles team, Sydney Achilles and Taylor Berger, who were extremely impressive as well. The duo went 3-1 for ninth place, giving the Bullpups three doubles teams that finished in the top nine.
“Taylor Berger I felt was another freshman that complimented Sydney today in doubles,” Brown said. “She was a fill in last minute but she was all over the court as well as Sydney, and for a team that had not played together they look like they could be a very dangerous duo.”
The Bullpups have over a week to prepare for one of their toughest matches of the season – the Tournament of Champions on Sept. 22 in Wichita.
Strong showing for Elyria’s Archer at Campus Invite
HAYSVILLE — Elyria Christian School’s Makenzie Archer was seeded second at the Campus Invitational, and she lived up to the hype.
Archer was dominant in her first three matches before running into a buzzsaw in top-seed Kelsie Burr of Ark City in the finals. Archer won her first three matches by scores of 8-0, 8-1, and 8-1 before falling 8-1 to Burr.
Archer’s second-place performance single handedly outscored Wichita Heights, who brought a full team. Fortunately for Elyria, the doubles team of Caitlyn Nelson and Shelby Bontrager took 12th place to give the Eagles more points.
As a result, the Eagles finished fifth out of eight teams, despite only bringing one singles entry and one doubles entry.